Visiting Scholar Applications

Visiting Scholars

The Institute for International Science and Technology Policy hosts a number of Visiting Scholars each year through its programs, which are listed below.  IISTP’s location within the Elliott School of International Affairs offers a dynamic environment for visitors and fellows, and is conveniently located about halfway between the White House and the State Department.  The Elliott School is a one of the leading international affairs programs in the country and has the staff to meet its mission.  The School houses nine Institutes and Centers, where the research performed spans the major areas of international studies and relations.  The Elliott School and the Washington area offer endless opportunities to attend seminars on a large variety of topics as well as access to decision-makers in Congress and the Administration.

The Institute for International Science and Technology Policy (IISTP) is a world leader in international public policy research and education in science, technology, and innovation. It hosts visiting scholars from around the world and offers a Master’s Degree in International Science and Technology Policy.  The Center has a close collaboration with the Space Policy Institute, an internationally-recognized source of expertise on space policy.

Research specializations at the Center include energy (particularly renewables and nuclear) and climate change, military technology and security, innovation, information technology, cybersecurity, military, and national security.  We have host visitors from a variety of countries, including Brazil, South Korea, Japan, and the U.S.  Our visiting scholars come from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds, such as political science, policy analysis, economics, and various scientific fields.  Visiting scholars are housed in the Center and participate in their own active research programs, as well as seminars, workshops, and classes.

All visitors are expected to give a seminar at some point during their tenure with the Institute and actively participate in Institute events, and interact on a regular basis with other visitors, graduate students, and faculty.  All visitors are strongly encouraged to produce written work for publication while affiliated with the Institute.

Non-Stipendary Fellows Program

The Institute offers a number of non-stipendary fellowships each year.  They can be for as long as a year and as short as 3 months.  Non-stipendary fellows are expected to provide their own salary and research funds.  The Institute will offer them desk space, access to GWU’s library and other facilities, and a formal affiliation with ESIA and the Institute

The deadline for applications to the Non-stipendary Fellows Program is subject to availablity.  In addition to filling out the online form, please include in your application:

  • a current cv
  • a statement of research, including what you’ve worked on in the past and how it will inform the topic you plan to research at the Institute, the significance of the research, how you will carry out the research, and any sources of funding for the research.  Please also list the dates you would like to come and list the faculty with whom you would like to interact
  • three references, with email addresses, snail mail addresses, and phone numbers

For all applicants, please submit materials to IISTP@GWU.EDU or call 202-994-7292 for more information.



State Department Scholars Program

Each year the Institute hosts a Diplomat-in-Residence from the US State Department.  State Department scholars are selected through a program established by the State Department and is only available to State Department employees. Please e-mail IISTP@GWU.EDU for more information.