Nuclear Scholars Initiative

Nuclear Scholars Initiative

Each year PONI accepts a select group of graduate students and young professionals into a program consisting of six daylong workshops with senior experts from the field.

The Nuclear Scholars Initiative aims to provide top graduate students and young professionals from around the country with a unique venue to interact and dialogue with senior experts on nuclear weapons issues.

The program brings together a select group of roughly 20 individuals with a demonstrated interest and/or experience in nuclear issues to attend monthly workshops hosted by CSIS. During these sessions, experts from across the nuclear enterprise share their insights and engage the class of Scholars on a variety of nuclear issues. Over the course of this six-month program, each Scholar prepares a research paper that they will present to a panel of experts and later publish in a journal produced by CSIS.

The Nuclear Scholars Initiative is a great way for up-and-comers in the field to add depth and breadth to their understanding of nuclear weapons issues and to publish their original work.

The Nuclear Scholars Initiative Class of 2014 has been selected. Click here for their bios.

Check back in October 2014 for the application for the Class of 2015.
 

Nuclear Scholars 2009-2014:

Nuclear Scholars Initiative Class of 2014

Nuclear Scholars Initiative Class of 2013

Nuclear Scholars Initiative Class of 2012

Nuclear Scholars Initiative Class of 2011

Nuclear Scholars Initiative Class of 2010

Nuclear Scholars Initiative Class of 2009

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  • Oct 10, 2012

    ABOUT THE PROGRAM

    Meeting the technical and policy challenges is developing talented young people with the necessary technical and policy expertise to contribute to sound decision-making on nuclear issues over time. To that end, the CSIS Project on Nuclear Issues (PONI) runs a yearly Nuclear Scholars Initiative for graduate students and young professionals. Those accepted into the program are hosted once per month at CSIS in Washington, DC, where they participate in daylong workshops with senior government officials and policy experts. Over the course of the 6-month program, Scholars are required to prepare a research paper, which they will be given the opportunity to present to a panel of experts and later publish in a journal produced by CSIS. Upon successful completion and publication of their articles, the Scholars receive an honorarium of $500. Travel costs for participants living outside the Washington, DC area are covered.

  • Dec 13, 2011

     

    The CSIS Project on Nuclear Issues is pleased to present A Collection of Papers from the 2011 Nuclear Scholars Initiative. This publication features contributions from Alexis A. Blanc, Michael A. Clauser, Thomas Devine, Shaheen Azim Dewji, Rebecca Davis Gibbons, Matthew Hallex, Matthew Harries, Laura Berzak Hopkins, Vincent Manzo, Marie McLetchie, Kevin M. Mueller, Caroline S. Reilly, Grant Schneider, and Alejandro M. Sueldo, all participants of this fall’s Nuclear Scholars Initiative at CSIS. Over the course of six months, these graduate students and young professionals discussed various aspects of U.S. nuclear weapons policy, culminating in the presentation of individual research projects which are featured in this journal. Covering a wide variety of topics, this edition of the Nuclear Scholars Initiative contains papers dealing with extended deterrence to the Middle East and the Gulf, U.S.-China nuclear relations, nuclear signaling, modernization of the U.S. nuclear complex, arms control with Russia, deterring nuclear terrorism, nonproliferation treaties, and U.S.-UK nuclear cooperation.  The publication is now available for download here.