Center for National Security and the Law

The National Security Law Fellowship

The next Fellowship opening will be from September 2018 to August 2020. The application must be postmarked by January 9, 2018. 

The Georgetown Center on National Security and the Law hosts a two-year National Security Law Fellowship designed for a highly-qualified law school graduate specializing in national security law who intends to pursue an academic career. We seek applicants who have demonstrated an aptitude for independent scholarly research, as demonstrated by their scholarly work in law school, research related to other graduate degree programs, and/or their professional activities after law school. The Fellow's time will be spent producing significant scholarship for publication.  The Fellow can propose to teach a seminar, which will be handled on a case by case basis. The Fellow also will contribute to the intellectual life of the Center, by regularly contributing commentary to the Security Law Brief blog run by the Center, and will have the opportunity to take part in the Georgetown Law Fellows' Collaborative in preparation for the academic job market. The position is designed for individuals intending to go onto the legal academic job market within two years.

The Fellowship

The Fellow will be in residence at Georgetown Law Center for a two-year period. The Fellowship will permit the Fellow to complete a year of research and writing before applying to teaching positions. During the Fellow's tenure at Georgetown, he or she will be expected to produce at least one major academic piece of scholarship on a national security-related topic. The Fellow will be mentored by the faculty associated with the Center, and will work closely with his or her mentors in the development of the major writing project. 

The Fellow will also be expected to contribute to the intellectual life of the Center in a meaningful way by participating, where appropriate, in ongoing Center projects. 

The Fellow will have the opportunity to attend scholarly symposia, lectures, and brown bag seminars with Georgetown Law faculty, and to participate in the Georgetown Fellows' Collaborative, described below.

The Georgetown Fellows' Collaborative

The Georgetown Fellows' Collaborative is a program designed for the fellows at Georgetown Law and its various institutes who wish to pursue an academic career. The core of the Georgetown Fellows' Collaborative is the regular Fellows Workshop and the ongoing Fellows Seminar. Members of the Fellows' Collaborative are also invited to programs about the teaching market, and work together and with members of the faculty in the application process.

Fellows Workshop

The Fellows Workshop meets every other week and gives Fellows from the different Georgetown programs an opportunity to present their works in progress to one another. The goal is to improve the quality of participants' work in a collaborative, supportive, critical and rigorous process of peer-review. The Fellows Workshop is run in the same format as faculty workshops. Presenting fellows are encouraged, though not required, to invite faculty with relevant interests to attend as well.

Fellows Seminar

The Fellow is expected to participate in the Fellows Seminar, which is conducted by members of the faculty. The Fellows Seminar provides, in two years, an overview of major ideas in legal thought and scholarship. The Fellow will have the opportunity to participate in four seminars, consisting of: (1) Legal Theory and Jurisprudence (2) Law and Social Sciences (3) Law and Humanities, and (4) Contemporary Debates in Legal Scholarship. A different seminar will be offered each semester. Fellows are not required to produce any writing for the seminar, but it is expected that the Fellow will participate in a lively discussion.


The Fellowship offers a competitive stipend, eligibility for health insurance, and eligibility to join the Georgetown Law Sport and Fitness Center.


For any questions about the Fellowship, please contact Nadia Asancheyev at or (202) 662-4072.

Application Requirements

Fellowship applications must be made by mail, and must be postmarked on or before January 8, 2018.

Application submissions must include the Application Form, CV, Research Proposal/Scholarly Agenda, published or unpublished writing sample, official transcripts for any degrees earned, and two letters of recommendation.  Letters of Recommendation may be sent in hard copy, or may be emailed to

Please mail all application materials to:

National Security Law Fellowship Application
Nadia Asancheyev, Executive Director
Georgetown Center on National Security and the Law
Gewirz 308
600 New Jersey Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20001

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