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2018 - 2019 Robin Copeland Memorial Fellowship



2018 - 2019 Robin Copeland Memorial Fellowship

Thursday, November 30, 2017
Monday, November 6, 2017

The Robin Copeland Memorial Fellowship (RCMF) provides women scientists in emerging countries the opportunity to deepen their understanding of nonproliferation policies and work alongside influential leaders in peace and security.

General Information

The RCMF is open to early- or mid-career women from Egypt with a technical background in nuclear nonproliferation or nuclear security relevant disciplines, such as engineering or physics. Successful candidates will also have a demonstrated interest in nuclear nonproliferation or nuclear security, and professional or advanced academic experience in either field.  The fellow will complete an academic and professional curriculum in three consecutive phases beginning in January 2017 and culminating with a capstone project of her choice. The fellow will also work with a mentor who will be an established professional in the field of nonproliferation or security:

  • Phase I (January – May, 2018 at a U.S. Academic Institution): The fellow will take part in a semester-long non-certificate program at a U.S. academic institution. The fellow will attend lectures and seminars on various topics related to nuclear nonproliferation and write a final research paper at the conclusion of the semester-long program.
  • Phase II (May – August, 2018 in Washington, D.C.): Following completion of coursework, the fellow will participate in a three-month internship in Washington, D.C.
  • Phase III (August 2018 – January 2019 in the fellow’s home country): Upon completion of her internship, the fellow will return to Egypt to complete a final capstone project demonstrating lessons and best practices learned during Phases I and II of the fellowship. The capstone project should further nuclear nonproliferation or security goals in the fellow’s home country or internationally. 

The fellowship is funded by Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI), and CRDF Global, including all costs related to domestic and international travel, course tuition and fees, housing, ground transportation, and visa application fees. The program will provide a monthly stipend to the fellow while in the United States and financial support to implement her final capstone project.

About Robin Copeland

Robin Copeland worked at CRDF Global from 2007 to 2011 and served as Program Director for Nonproliferation. Over the span of her career, she worked with multiple U.S. and international organizations to create a safer world and contributed to achievements in many areas of nonproliferation. Robin entered government service working in Russia in 1991. In her first year, she became the Energy Attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow. She was elected International Cooperative Administrative Support Services Council Chair—the first person under fifty and the first female to hold that position. RCMF is an initiative to honor Ms. Copeland’s memory and to continue her legacy.