The Institute for the Study of Diplomacy, founded in 1978, was established as a center within the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service to connect the worlds of the diplomatic practitioner and the academic community through programs that enhance and expand the understanding and appreciation of the role and conduct of diplomacy as an instrument of national policy.

The Associates and Senior Fellows are a key component of the Institute’s mission.  Mid- and senior-level practitioners, both civilian and military, and U.S. and foreign, are hosted by the Institute for an academic year at Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service; during that time they undertake research that reflects their professional experience on emerging issues of national diplomatic and strategic importance.

These practitioners-in-residence also serve as resources to the SFS faculty; devise and conduct seminar-style courses at the undergraduate and graduate level, including courses offered as part of ISD’s Certificate in Diplomatic Studies; and participate as full members of the School’s and University’s academic life. Associates and fellows also conduct workshops, arrange speakers and other outreach events, and act as mentors to students interested in public service. 

Associates on detail from the U.S. Department of State receive additional support for research and travel from ISD’s Dean Rusk and Virginia Rusk Fellowship fund. Military associates are detailed to ISD through the U.S. Army War College or U.S. Air Force National Defense fellowship programs. Non-resident associates include three to four each year supported by the U.S. Air Force’s Foreign Policy Fellowship Program.

ISD does not independently fund associates and senior fellows currently employed by their governments.

How to Apply

Each government agency manages the selection of its sponsored associates and fellows in cooperation with ISD.  Those interested in pursuing opportunities as an associate or senior fellow should contact Director of Studies James Seevers at jps67@georgetown. 

Oni Blair
U.S. Department of State

"As a Rusk Fellow I had the opportunity to examine lessons learned from my experiences in Pakistan, Iraq and as a special assistant to Senior State Department officials in Washington, think outside of the box for policy solutions, and explore my growing passion in humanitarian efforts.   I also had the opportunity to designed my own undergraduate course on humanitarian diplomacy; co-drafted a policy simulation on Syria; taught workshops on negotiation; and advised dozens of students on careers in foreign affairs and opportunities at the State Department.  I loved influencing a diverse body of students and am grateful for their assistance in helping me to examine foreign policy issues in innovative ways that will strengthen my contributions as a public servant."