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National Security and Counterterrorism Fellow

Arizona State University

Arizona State University

Washington, DC, USA
Posted on Monday, June 24, 2024

Arizona State University: Office of the Executive Vice President Knowledge Enterprise: McCain Institute for International Leadership


Washington D.C.

Open Date

Jun 24, 2024


This part-time, unpaid fellowship experience takes place over the course of the 2025 calendar year with three week-long visits to Five Eyes capitals: Washington, D.C., London, and Canberra. Fellows remain embedded within their current organizations but take three weeks out of the year to convene in person. Participation and travel expenses are covered by the McCain Institute or the fellow's home agency.

The fellowship brings together the most promising rising leaders engaged in national security and counterterrorism work in the Five Eyes partner nations. Each year, the McCain Institute selects a group of character-driven leaders as fellows — young women and men of extraordinary achievement and promise who have demonstrated their commitment to national security and public service. The program prepares these individuals for future leadership opportunities and builds a professional network that connects them in a meaningful and enduring way.

Fellowship Experiences include:

  • Meetings with senior leaders at key government agencies, such as the NCTC and State Department in Washington, the Home Office and Foreign Office in London and the Department of Home Affairs in Canberra.
  • Briefings with top journalists who cover counterterrorism and national security issues in each country.
  • Events with experts from academic research centers.
  • Leadership and executive management training to include workshops with premier scholars and national security practitioners.
  • Potential visits to New York City, Belfast and Sydney for meetings with local law enforcement and counterterrorism leaders (as well as discussions with former extremists now partnering with counterterrorism officials).
  • Collaboration with other fellows in identifying and evaluating opportunities for national security and counterterrorism cooperation across Five Eyes nations.



  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Minimum of 4 years of national security/counter terrorism experience.


  • Master's Degree
  • 5-10 years of experience related to national security/counter terrorism or overlapping fields
  • Leadership/management experience

Application Instructions

Review of applications will begin June 24, 2024. If not filled, reviews will continue weekly until the search is closed. To apply, please visit http://apply.interfolio.com/147207 and create or use an existing Interfolio Dossier to submit the following:

• Curriculum Vitae
• Statement of interest

For additional information regarding position specifics, please contact natsecfellowship@mccaininstitute.org.