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This is an open call for two (2) Nonresident Fellows to join the Atlantic Council’s Cyber Statecraft Initiative (CSI) within the Digital Forensics Research Lab. CSI seeks new voices in cybersecurity; driven individuals from any of a wide range of backgrounds and interests in order to cultivate new perspectives on pressing research questions in cybersecurity with strong policy implications. Applicants from historically underrepresented groups in cybersecurity and information technology are strongly encouraged to apply. Applications will close on Friday, February 3rd, 2023.

Candidates are asked to explain the cyber challenge they’ve identified and their proposal for developing a short publication to guide action from the policy and/or practitioner community to address this challenge. For those that opt-in, at least 10 finalist candidate’s ideas, as judged by the Cyber Statecraft Initiative, will be featured and credited through CSI’s Twitter feed. Applicants’ application materials will be reviewed by full-time staff of the Cyber Statecraft Initiative, as well as members of the Initiative’s network of fellows. Based on this review; five (5) candidates will be selected for interviews with the Cyber Statecraft Initiative. The top two (2) applicants will be awarded a year-long, nonresident fellowship and an honorarium to develop the idea, author an issue brief, and organize a convening around the results.

If selected, each fellow will develop a single short paper (less than 7,000 words) that constitutes a new research contribution and analysis of a real-world policymaking challenge infused with technical understanding. The fellow will also get to work alongside the CSI team on topics like preserving international cybersecurity researchstrategic “internet of things” ecosystemssoftware bills of material and much more.


  • Identify a cyber challenge and develop a short research paper (less than 7,000 words) to guide action from the policy community or policy in coordination with industry;
  • Contribute to CSI’s programming, events, publications and scenarios;
  • Participate in the preparation and development of fictional “scenario” materials for the Cyber 9/12 Strategy Challenge.


  • Demonstrated interest and expertise in the intersection of cybersecurity and geopolitics;
  • Availability to attend and speak at events and contribute to policy discussion and building a network;
  • Excellent writing and briefing skills;
  • A collegial attitude and proven ability to work well with others, communicate effectively with anyone from senior government officials to interns, and accept constructive feedback on written work;
  • Lack of existing presence, or affiliations, in the cyber policy space.

The Atlantic Council’s Cyber Statecraft Initiative, under the Digital Forensic Research Lab (DFRLab), works at the nexus of geopolitics and cybersecurity to craft strategies to help shape the conduct of statecraft and to better inform and secure users of technology.