Hans J. Morgenthau Fellows Call for Applications

Michael C. Desch's picture
March 15, 2020
Indiana, United States
Subject Fields: 
Diplomacy and International Relations, Military History, Political Science, Public Policy, Social Sciences

The Notre Dame International Security Center Hans J. Morgenthau Fellows


The Notre Dame International Security Center (NDISC) invites applications for its inaugural class of Hans J. Morgenthau Fellows. In the spirit of Morgenthau, a deep thinker about international relations and an engaged participant in debates about American foreign policy, NDISC seeks to help the next generation of scholars think more about grand strategy in its larger conceptual and historical context.


Over the course of the fellowship year, fellows will discuss their own research in the context of the burgeoning literature on U.S grand strategy, become part of the broader network of junior and senior scholars engaged with these topics, and hone their teaching skills. Successful applicants need not have any particular view of the optimal grand strategy – just a willingness to engage in the discussion of the topic seriously and debate the alternatives civilly.


The fellowship will be directed by professors Eugene Gholz and Joseph Parent and involve faculty from Notre Dame and other universities. Fellows will convene three times over the course of their fellowship year.  They will begin with a week of intensive seminars reading foundational texts and discussing critical issues in contemporary grand strategy at the University of Notre Dame (early August 2020).  Fellows will then participate in a one-week staff ride of the decisive battlefields of the Peloponnesian War and discuss the relevant parts of Thucydides history of the fall of Athens in Sicily led by Notre Dame faculty Susan Collins and Michael Desch (early June 2021).  Their fellowship will conclude with a three-day undergraduate teaching workshop on grand strategy in Washington, DC (late July 2021).


The fellowship includes a stipend a $10,000 plus travel expenses and accommodations during fellowship activities. Ideally, Applicants will be ABD doctoral candidates in political science, international relations, global affairs, public policy, history, and allied fields but we will consider applications from exceptional graduate students at other levels. We particularly welcome applications from individuals of backgrounds not widely represented in foreign policy discussions. Applicants should submit a short cover letter explaining their interest in the program, a CV, and a letter of recommendation through Interfolio by March 15, 2020.


For more information, please email: cgholz@nd.edu or jparent@nd.edu

Contact Info: 

Michael C. Desch
Packey J. Dee Professor of International Relations,
Department of Political Science
Brian and Jeannelle Brady Family Director of the Notre Dame International Security Center,
2026 Jenkins Nanovic Halls
Notre Dame, IN 46556
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