Henry A. Kissinger Predoctoral Fellowship

Yale University - International Security Studies

The Henry A. Kissinger Visiting Scholars Program awards one predoctoral fellowship funded for one year. Predoctoral Kissinger Visiting Scholars must be enrolled in a Ph.D. program, have completed all coursework, and are working on a Ph.D. dissertation focused on the role of the United States in global affairs from World War II to the present, including the conduct of U.S. statecraft, diplomacy, and grand strategy. Kissinger Visiting Scholars fellowships will be awarded to candidates with outstanding proposals that require access to the Henry A. Kissinger Papers or other archival holdings related to American diplomacy at Yale. They will pursue original research for academic publication using these sources.

Kissinger Visiting Scholars will also work with an active academic community of post-doctoral fellows and pre-doctoral fellows, as well as Yale faculty in history, political science, and other disciplines. A member of the Yale faculty will serve as a mentor during the fellowship and will meet on a regular basis with the fellow.

Predoctoral Kissinger Visiting Scholars work closely with Yale faculty, participate regularly in research colloquia on campus, and are granted opportunities to present their work. Predoctoral Kissinger Visiting Scholars are expected to remain in residence through the duration of their fellowship and contribute to the intellectual life of the Program in Grand Strategy, International Security Studies, and the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs by participating in its activities and development.

All fellows must be in residence in New Haven or its environs during their fellowship year. Eligible candidates will have completed all course requirements for their Ph.D., and winners will be expected to use the award to make substantial progress in writing their dissertation. Applications from non-U.S. citizens are welcome, but successful applicants bear final responsibility for all immigration-related issues.

The stipend is $25,000 per year, with an additional $3,000 in research expenses. Each fellow is provided shared office space. Fellows will not be eligible for Yale financial aid or degrees, nor will they be allowed to enroll in or teach classes.


  1. CV
  2. Dissertation abstract (300 words)
  3. Research proposal, to include an explanation of how access to the Kissinger Papers or other archival holdings related to diplomatic history at Yale would help achieve the goals of your project (1,000 words)
  4. Dissertation précis (3,000 words or roughly 10 pages)
  5. Three letters of recommendation
  6. One chapter-length writing sample
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