2024 Nonresident Fellow Program, Independent America Project

Nov 15, 2023

The Institute for Global Affairs’ (IGA), Independent America (IA) project seeks candidates for its 2024 nonresident fellow program (formerly the Eurasia Group Foundation). Candidates should have an interest in interrogating commonly held US foreign policy assumptions. This compensated one-year fellowship provides an opportunity for promising early-career scholars, journalists, and writers to conduct public-facing and policy-relevant research.


The IA project’s nonresident fellow program crosses academic disciplines to bring together scholars from diverse backgrounds with a wide range of functional and regional expertise. Fellows will share their perspectives with the common goal of examining the potential benefits and implications of a US foreign policy which deploys American military might more judiciously. Scholars from historically under-represented groups in the foreign policy community are highly encouraged to apply.

Nonresident fellows should have a strong academic background, be open to collaboration, and have a demonstrated ability to effectively translate their research for public consumption. Through the program, nonresident fellows will receive a stipend and have the flexibility to develop public-facing work for IGA’s website, social media, and/or popular media. Nonresident fellows will benefit from IA’s support and network of press and policy contacts as they pitch op-eds and long-form articles to media outlets and put themselves forward for podcast, television, and other broadcast appearances. The program will also provide an opportunity to workshop articles and book manuscripts, as well as other ongoing projects with the IA team and cohort of nonresident fellows.


Nonresident fellows will receive a $4,000 stipend for their contributions to 2-3 foreign policy deliverables. Nonresident fellows, in agreement with IA, will have the flexibility to pursue a variety of projects, which might include a white paper, op-ed and article placement, video, or similar projects. Nonresident fellows will also be expected to participate in monthly discussions with the IA research team and the cohort of fellows, which will be a forum to present and workshop projects. Additionally, fellows will also have the opportunity to participate in and engage with ongoing IA projects such as the podcast None Of The Above and the On Target video series, which aim to promote your work.


  • Contribute commentary and analysis in the form of 2-3 deliverables in the format of your choice, such as op-eds, articles, videos, an event, or something else.
  • Contribute to programming such as the On Target video series, and if the opportunity arises, the None Of The Above podcast and other EGF projects.
  • Contribute to monthly discussions with a cohort of nonresident fellows and the IA team to discuss and workshop ongoing projects for the program or related research.
  • Enthusiasm for collaboration and thought partnership with the IA team and other fellows.


Must have extensive experience working in or on issues related to US foreign policy. PhD-holders must have a strong academic background and have a demonstrated ability to communicate with a broad audience. IA is looking for fellows from a diverse range of disciplines, but your primary research must be in political science, international relations, foreign affairs, national security, history, or a related field.


Deadline to Apply: December 18, 2023

Application Process

Send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and 2 writing samples (opinion and commentary preferred) to Mark Hannah at info@instituteforglobalaffairs.org. In your cover letter, please indicate why you are interested in the mission of IGA and the Independent America project.

The Independent America project is a multi-year research project led by IGA senior fellow Mark Hannah, which seeks to explore how US foreign policy could be better tailored to new global realities and the preferences of American voters.

The Eurasia Group Institute for Global Affairs pursues industry-leading research on geopolitics and global affairs, creates relevant, objective, fact-based content, tools, and programming, and partners around the world to: drive awareness, increase understanding, and support action.

Candidates can download a PDF of this listing here.

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