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

Background and Mission

The Modern War Institute is pleased to announce the rollout of its Adjunct Scholar and Non-Resident Fellowship program and is inviting leading thinkers on modern war and warfare from a variety of professional backgrounds to apply. MWI is a new research center at West Point devoted to the study of contemporary conflict by conducting rigorous and original research, convening interdisciplinary panels, and educating the next generation of military leaders. MWI will leverage the intellectual capital unique to West Point and serve as a vital resource in the study of modern warfare, not only for the Academy, but also for the Army as a whole. Our staff and faculty regularly publish their opinions, ideas, and analysis in publications such as The New York Times, USA Today, and Foreign Affairs.

The purpose of the scholars and fellows program is to help build on this success and develop the institute’s research program, contribute to programming and events, and assist in the development of West Point curricula, advise cadets, and provide guest lectures. The positions are highly competitive and open to anyone whose research, writing, and professional interests are in line with MWI’s mission statement to provide intellectual tools on recent and on-going conflicts to educate present and future leaders on military problems and the necessary problem solving skills to win in a complex world. Fellows will be expected to visit West Point at least once during their 12-month position to participate in panels, guest lecture in classes, and brief our senior faculty. We are recruiting from all ranks and professional backgrounds. Positions are unpaid, but travel will be compensated.


The purpose of MWI’s Fellows program is fourfold:

  1. To expand our ability to carry out original research on modern war by tapping into the intellectual talents of the best researchers 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, speakers, moderators, and guest lecturers.
  3. To build MWI’s presence in the wider military & foreign policy arenas beyond West Point as a major source for information on modern war.
  4. To foster a community of scholars, analysts, journalists, and practitioners all devoted the study of modern war.

Application Procedure

Please send us a CV, a published writing sample, and a one-page cover letter detailing three items: First, your relevant work and research experience; second, a proposed research project and/or panel idea related to your 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 and alumni would benefit from your scholarship. CVs should be as concise as possible and include only relevant publications and experience. Please send in PDF format with subject line “MWI Adjunct Scholar Application” or “MWI Non-Resident Fellow Application” to NLT than 5 p.m. on March 1, 2016.

More about the eligibility and requirements of the Adjunct Scholar positions here.

More about the eligibility and requirements of the Non-Resident Fellow positions here.