ISD Fellows in Diplomacy


The ISD Fellows in Diplomacy program provides academic credit and non-service stipends  (Huffington, Humes, Newsom, Dulles) or merit-based tuition scholarships (Bunker) ($3,000 each) to selected BSFS and graduate SFS students who wish to pursue independent research projects that focus on ongoing and emerging diplomatic issues.  The Institute pairs students with advisers drawn from ISD senior staff, Georgetown University faculty and Washington-based practitioners. The research project begins in the fall semester and culminates in a substantial (30-page) study that is presented during the spring semester. Fellows also have the opportunity to participate in other ISD activities.

  • Undergraduate School of Foreign Service (BSFS): Two juniors are selected each spring as the Ambassador Ellsworth Bunker and John Humes ISD fellows in support of work proposed for their senior year (minimum GPA 3.5). 
  • Graduate School of Foreign Service (GSFS): Five graduate students are selected during the spring of their first year for study during their second year. Three fellows are funded by Michael Huffington, one honors Ambassador David D. Newsom, inaugural ISD Director, and one, in recognition of Allen W. and Allen M. Dulles, sponsors a graduate student whose project is related to the work of the intelligence community.

BSFS Fellows receive three credits and a non-service stipend or merit-based tuition scholarship. Graduate SFS Fellows received a non-service stipend or merit-based tuition scholarship and may choose to take the fellowship for three credits.  Students taking the course for credit should register for spring INAF-912.  For graduate SFS Certificate in Diplomatic Studies candidates, the fellowship project will count in lieu of the CDS capstone course.

How to Apply

BSFS and graduate SFS students applying for the ISD Fellows program should submit a resume, and a three page (double spaced) statement (with a project title) outlining a research problem and a proposed research approach to Proposals should examine an on-going or emerging diplomatic issue and students are encouraged to look at diplomacy broadly. Applicants should visit the Institute’s website ( and are welcome to talk with current student fellows about their projects before completing their proposals. Please indicate whether you are applying for a non-service stipend award (Huffington, Humes, Newsom, Dulles) or a Bunker merit-based tuition scholarship. This matters because if you receive a non-service stipend from ISD, on campus employment is not permissible during semester of award.

Candidates may also contact ISD Director of Studies Jim Seevers at for further information about the program and proposal preparation.

Application Deadline

All candidates must submit their applications to, subject line: ISD Fellowship Application - (applicant's surname) by Monday, April 8, 2019.