Fellowships

Fellows Program LogoDesigned to be the most comprehensive counterterrorism development program, The Counterterrorism Institute Fellows Program combines advanced education with ongoing theoretical and practical immersion for a select group of promising future leaders.

Understanding the unique challenges facing counterterrorism professionals today, The Counterterrorism Institute Fellows Program provides opportunities in three broad areas of practice: legal policy, operations, and junior fellowships.

In addition to the traditional fully-funded (tuition and fees, plus stipend) academic programs, all Counterterrorism Institute Fellows are provided ongoing development opportunities including: peer and traditional mentoring, career exposure, professional networking, and hands-on familiarization courses on topics ranging from intelligence collection to weapon systems operations.

The Counterterrorism Institute Fellows Program is designed to be highly competitive. The Advisory Board and Board of Directors serve to respectively select and confirm Fellows from a well-curated list of nominees and applicants. As such, prospective applicants should employ a certain degree of self-selection to ensure each application stands the best chance of success.

 

Overview:

Legal Policy Fellows are selected to attend post-doctoral legal education leading to a Master of Laws (LLM) in Homeland & National Security Law. This highly specialized program of study includes coursework in: national security policy, Constitutional issues, military operations, intelligence law, cybercrime, critical infrastructure protection, and a Master’s Thesis or Research Project.

Required Qualifications:

Applicants for Legal Policy Fellowships shall:

– be graduates of, or enrolled in their final year of study at, a law school accredited by the American Bar Association;

– demonstrate superior academic performance, as evidenced by grade point average ranking in not less than the top 25% of his or her class and/or the award of Latin Honors (cum laude, magna cum laude, summa cum laude);

– have demonstrated a commitment to the study and practice of counterterrorism related legal or professional practice through specialized coursework completed, record of publications or involvement in counterterrorism-related scholarly publications (journals, law reviews, and the like), and/or extracurricular and/or co-curricular involvement with counterterrorism, national defense, and/or patriotic organizations; and

– meet other qualifications and standards as may from time to time be determined and published by the Board of Directors.

Overview:

Operations Fellows are selected to attend a post-baccalaureate course of advanced study covering a wide spectrum of counterterrorism topics; including: ideological motivations, radicalization, improvised and conventional explosive devices, intelligence, and terrorism in the maritime, cyber, aviation, critical infrastructure, and land-based operational environments.

Required Qualifications:

Applicants for Operations Fellowships shall:

– be graduates of, or enrolled in their final year of study at, an accredited undergraduate degree program recognized by the United States Department of Education or, in the case of foreign applicants from Nations allied to the United States as determined by the Board of Directors, the applicable educational accreditation and recognition body in the applicant’s country of origin;

– demonstrate superior academic performance, as evidenced by class rank and/or grade point average;

– have demonstrated a commitment to the study and practice of counterterrorism through specialized coursework completed, academic major or minor course of study, record of publications or involvement in counterterrorism-related scholarly publications, and/or extracurricular and/or co-curricular involvement with counterterrorism, national defense, and/or patriotic organizations; and

– meet other qualifications and standards as may from time to time be determined and published by the Board of Directors.

Overview:

Modeled after our Legal Policy and Operations Fellows Programs, The Counterterrorism Institute Junior Fellows Program is geared toward competitively-selected outstanding High School Students who have clearly expressed a desire to enter into the counterterrorism field.

The program will include online and blended learning courses leading to several Department of Homeland Security (DHS) / Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) certifications including the Emergency Management Institute Professional Development Series (or training deemed equivalent by The Counterterrorism Institute’s Board of Directors), and will culminate with a multi-day experience in a selected major metropolitan city, to include guest speakers, tours, and/or an immersive full-scale counterterrorism and national security simulation wherein Junior Fellows assume key roles in our Nation’s defense and private sector communities.

Required Qualifications:

Applicants for Junior Fellowships shall:

– have either completed their Sophomore Year of High School, or be enrolled in their Junior Year of High School (or equivalent for foreign applicants) at an accredited academic institution recognized by the United States Department of Education, the Department of Education in the United States State, Territory or Protectorate in which the institution is located, or, in the case of foreign applicants from Nations allied to the United States as determined by the Board of Directors, the applicable educational accreditation and recognition body in the applicant’s country of origin;

– demonstrate superior academic performance, as evidenced by class rank and/or grade point average;

– have demonstrated commitment to the study and practice of counterterrorism through specialized coursework completed, and/or extracurricular and/or co-curricular involvement with counterterrorism, national defense, and/or patriotic organizations; and

– meet other qualifications and standards as may from time to time be determined and published by the Board of Directors.

General Information Regarding Selection:

The Counterterrorism Institute, Inc. strives to provide opportunities for additional education, networking, and counterterrorism community exposure to promising future counterterrorism professionals, scholars, and leaders. The Institute’s several Fellows Programs seek to advance this mission objective through formal and informal educational programs to include: traditional academic study (where applicable), online outreach and blended learning opportunities, and in-person or online simulations and interaction.

In all cases, and for all programs, candidates are selected for participation through a two-tiered double-blind review and certification process designed to maximize a non-discriminatory, open, and accessible selection environment. Additionally, the process affords reviewers the opportunity to provide feedback to encourage those non-selected applicants to re-apply after addressing any noted areas of deficiency.

In order to foster an approachable environment, and maximize opportunity for the maximum number of applicants to register their interest and submit applications for review, The Counterterrorism Institute, Inc. will post calls for applications and applicable guidelines to its website, www.ctinstitute.org, as well as distribute the same to Affiliate Members, Advisory Board Members, and members of the Board of Directors. This approach not only advances the Institute’s intent to provide the greatest opportunity to the largest number of qualified candidates, but also serves to provide the widest pool of potential candidates from which to select the most competitive and promising Fellows.

Detailed Selection Process:

The applicant selection process for all Fellows Programs shall be as follows:

– Applications are received and processed by the Executive Director and/or his or her designee;

– Applications are prepared for double-blind review process (i.e. where the reviewers (minimum of two (2)) are unaware of the identity of the applicant and vice versa) by removing identifying information page and assigning a randomized control number to each application;

– Applications are forwarded to reviewers (minimum of two (2)) selected from amongst either Affiliate Members or Advisory Board Members along with scoring matrix and instructions;

– Packages are scored and ranked according to a “best qualified” standard of review that highlights the “whole person” concept of evaluation;

– Packages are forwarded to the Board of Directors for the second of the two-tier review and selection process for additional double-blind review of the highest ranked candidates in the previous round (the number of which shall be determined based upon the number of available or projected slots in each program as determined by the Board of Directors);

– The Board of Directors finalizes primary and alternate candidate selections and forwards the results to the Executive Direction for his or her action;

– The Executive Director notifies all selected, alternate, and non-selected candidates with instructions, feedback, and congratulations as appropriate;

– Fellows are matriculated into the program and commence their respective course of study and engagement.

The Counterterrorism Institute posts open application periods on this page. To be notified of postings, and to register your interest, please send a message indicating the same via the contact form on this page.



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