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Robin Copeland Memorial Fellowship 2020



Robin Copeland Memorial Fellowship 2020

Friday, December 13, 2019
Wednesday, November 13, 2019

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 Turkey 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 February 2020 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 (February – May 2020 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 2020 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 2020 – January 2021 in the fellow’s home country): Upon completion of her internship, the fellow will return to Turkey 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.

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.
This fellowship is open to women only and is not a degree-granting program. To be considered for the fellowship, please submit the following to CRDF Global at by Friday, December 13, 2019:

  • A completed RCMF application form (available below);
  • A detailed curriculum vitae (CV);
  • A copy of your passport;
  • A nuclear nonproliferation project proposal, not to exceed two single-spaced pages (see last two pages of application); and
  • Two letters of recommendation (All letters of recommendation should be written by a teacher under whom you have studied or pursued research OR by a supervisor at your place of employment.  Letters of reference should not be written by relatives (blood or marriage) or personal friends).

Applicants will be assessed based on their academic and professional qualifications; their demonstrated commitment to nuclear nonproliferation and/or international security; the appropriateness of their stated learning objectives; and the strength of their capstone project proposal.