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Friday, December 7, 2018
Tuesday, October 30, 2018

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 Malaysia with a technical background in nuclear nonproliferation or nuclear security relevant disciplines, such as, but not limited to, 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 2019 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, 2019 in Monterey, CA): The fellow will take part in the three-month non-certificate Visiting Fellows Program at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey, California. 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, 2019 in Washington, D.C.): Following completion of coursework at MIIS, the fellow will participate in a three-month nuclear nonproliferation or nuclear security internship in Washington, D.C.
  • Phase III (August 2019 – January 2020 in the fellow’s home country): Upon completion of her internship, the fellow will return to Malaysia 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, 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.