Faculty Fellows Program


Penn State faculty are invited to apply for the Center for Security Research and Education’s (CSRE) Faculty Fellows Program. The deadline for academic year 2019 – 2020 applications is February 1, 2019. CSRE will award a maximum of two full-year fellowships for academic year 2019-2020 with funding awarded on an individual basis as negotiated between CSRE and the applicant.

The CSRE Faculty Fellows Program is open to any full-time Penn State faculty member wishing to address topics involving threats to homeland, national, and global peace and security; the underlying causes of these threats; strategies and techniques for prevention and consequence management; and the effects of security measures on individual liberties, human rights, economic well-being, and culture.

The Faculty Fellows Program has two objectives. First, CSRE will support the successful applicant’s interdisciplinary research on a security-related topic. Second, the fellow will contribute to CSRE’s mission by helping design an event such as a conference, symposium, or workshop bringing a broad array of Penn State disciplines to bear on a significant challenge to national or global peace and security.

CSRE prefers a year-long fellowship (e.g. beginning sometime in the summer of 2019 and concluding at the end of the 2020 spring semester); however, other durations or time periods may be considered on an individual basis. Each fellow’s terms are negotiated on an individual basis; however, each fellowship has the potential for a one-course buy-out per semester plus a reasonable expense allowance. If course releases are not appropriate, other reasonable terms, such as graduate student support, can be negotiated. Fellowship applications and terms must be accompanied by a letter of support from the applicant’s department head, indicating whether the course release or an alternative form of support is appropriate for the applicant and the department.

CSRE Faculty Fellow applicants should address the program’s two underlying objectives in clear detail.

Objective One: Research

  1. The successful applicant will be given support to help lead or coordinate an interdisciplinary team designed to produce research resulting in external funding such as a research pilot or feasibility study that has a high likelihood of leading to a competitive proposal for external funding to a relevant funder (e.g., Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, National Science Foundation, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, etc.).
  2. Applicants may propose new research or an expansion of their ongoing research; however, applicants pursuing the latter must indicate clearly how the fellowship will enhance and expand the interdisciplinary character of their current work. Applicants should also be specific in describing potential external funding sources; the potential contributions of relevant disciplines within the University; and Penn State colleagues who may be potential contributors.
  3. Although “interdisciplinary” may be as few as two disciplines, proposals including meaningful participation from multiple participants across the spectrum of academic disciplines are preferred. Additionally, the fact that a proposal involves faculty from different Penn State academic units is not “interdisciplinary” if the faculty members are from the same academic discipline.

Objective Two: Event

  1. The successful applicant will be expected to help design, organize, and execute an event (conference, symposium, workshop) related, but not limited, to their personal research interests. CSRE seeks a compelling vision for how the event will address significant, broad-based, security policy challenges and be relevant to a variety of Penn State disciplines (e.g., see the diverse list of CSRE Contributing Units at https://csre.psu.edu/people). Preference will be given to imaginative proposals with broad strategic implications.
  2. Applicants should make clear how the proposed event will enhance Penn State’s role as a significant participant in the national or global security dialogue through one or preferably more of the following or similar activities: producing a white paper or similar analysis and recommendations; highlighting the expertise of Penn State faculty to external audiences; bringing policy-makers, industry leaders, and highly-regarded experts to Penn State; engaging Penn State students and the community; etc.
  3. The Applicants should be aware that CSRE will provide a separate budget as well as administrative and logistical support for executing the event.

All applications will be reviewed by a multi-disciplinary panel and finalists will be asked to meet with the Director of CSRE. Selections will be made no later than March 1, 2019. Upon completion of the fellowship, fellows will retain their CSRE Fellow title, be expected to serve on future CSRE seed grant or fellows review panels, be invited to CSRE events, and, on occasion, be asked to participate in, and advise on, CSRE programs.

Application Instructions

Applications must include:

  1. A three-page (maximum) proposal, written for an interdisciplinary audience, describing both the applicant’s research and public event proposals.
  2. A letter of support from the applicant’s department head, dean, or chancellor.
  3. A full curriculum vitae.

Applications should be submitted at https://psu.infoready4.com/#competitionDetail/1780565.

Interested faculty with questions may contact CSRE Associate Director Herbert Wolfe.