Note: We have extended the application deadline until June 1, 2018. Applicants will be notified by July 15, 2018 whether they have been selected, and the one-year term for those selected as Non-Resident Fellows and Adjunct Scholars will begin on August 1, 2018.


The Modern War Institute (MWI) at West Point cordially invites all interested parties to submit applications for its Non-Resident Fellowship and Adjunct Scholars Programs.


The Modern War Institute is a research center at West Point devoted to the study of contemporary conflict by conducting original and innovative research, convening interdisciplinary panels, speaker series, and conferences, and educating the next generation of military leaders. MWI’s Non-Resident Fellowship and Adjunct Scholars Programs assemble some of the world’s top thinkers, scholars, and practitioners of modern war and warfare. The purpose of the program is to enhance the rigor of the institute’s research program, advise and contribute to MWI programming and events, and assist in the development of West Point’s curricula.

Recent research by our Fellows and Scholars includes a survey experiment to gauge casualty aversion among members of the military, an analysis of insider attacks in Afghanistan, and a dataset on sieges in COIN operations. We are looking for individuals who can carry out innovative research related to, but not limited to, one of the following issue areas: urban warfare, civil-military relations, asymmetric warfare, military innovation, and autonomous systems.

Each fall our Fellows and Scholars have the option of participating in MWI’s annual War Studies Conference, which brings together a select group of military leaders, scholars, and policymakers at West Point to discuss an issue related to modern war at the strategic and operational level. The final product is an edited conference volume, coauthored by participants, published by a university press.

Program Description

The Adjunct Scholar position is highly competitive and open to senior scholars who have published widely in their fields, or previously served in the US military or government and whose research interests align with MWI’s mission statement of enhancing the West Point curricula and cadets, Army’s, and Nation’s understanding of modern warfare. A list of last year’s Scholars can be found here.

The Non-Resident Fellow position is open to rising scholars with a PhD or terminal degree, journalists, current or former members of the military, and other professions. We are recruiting from all ranks and professional backgrounds and seek a diverse pool of applicants. A list of last year’s Fellows can be found here.

Scholars and Fellows are unpaid.


The purpose of the program is fourfold:

1. To expand our ability to conduct rigorous research on modern war by tapping into the intellectual talents of the best and most original thinkers in their respective fields.

2. To enhance our ability to carry out innovative programming, from speaker series to panel discussions, by allowing us to draw from a larger network of scholars, panelists, moderators, and guest lecturers.

3. To build MWI’s presence in the wider military and foreign policy arenas beyond West Point as the primary source for information on modern war and warfare.

4. To foster a community of scholars, analysts, journalists, and practitioners all devoted to the study of modern war.


Our Non-Resident Fellows and Adjunct Scholars Programs are open to individuals of any age committed to the ideals of the institute and the US Army. Applicants do not need to be US citizens. Candidates should have an in-depth understanding of the contemporary battlefield, and should possess a deep background in military affairs, a theoretical and practical understanding of modern warfare, and some experience in the field. They should be senior professionals who have ideally published widely in their disciplines, whether it is a book, peer-reviewed research, or opinion essays in major publications. We value diversity and encourage professionals from all disciplines and backgrounds to apply.


1. Generate new knowledge and contribute to ongoing debates broadly related to modern war by doing ONE of the following:

a. Contribute at least two articles to MWI’s website over their twelve-month term.

b. Publish at least one opinion essay related to modern warfare in a major publication, using your MWI affiliation in tagline.

c. Author an original research project, analysis paper, or report related to one of MWI’s issue areas (e.g. a chapter in the War Studies Conference edited volume).

2. Make at least one visit to campus during their twelve-month term to participate in MWI programming and engage in informal faculty discussions.

3. During their visit to West Point, give one guest lecture to a Defense and Strategic Studies (DSS) course or other relevant course.

4. Be available to serve as an external peer reviewer for MWI-sponsored research.

5. Include their affiliation with the “Modern War Institute at West Point” in their tagline for publications, blogs, academic research, etc., broadly related to modern war.

Application Procedure

Applicants should send a CV, a published writing sample, and a one-page cover letter detailing three items: First, their relevant work and research experience; second, a proposed research project and/or panel idea related to their own expertise, why it’s militarily relevant, and how it fits into MWI’s mission statement; and third, how the larger West Point community of cadets, faculty, and alumni would benefit from their scholarship and vice versa, how their research would benefit from West Point. CVs should be as concise as possible and include only relevant publications and work experience. Please send in PDF format with subject line “MWI Non-Resident Fellow Application” or “MWI Adjunct Scholar Application” to NLT than 5 p.m. EDT on June 1, 2018.