Participating Organizations

The following are brief descriptions of each of the organizations that participate in the program. Scoville Fellows may only work with one of these groups. Applicants should be aware that in the event that two or more fellows want to work at the same organization, the organization will select the person they judge to be the best fit for their office. Therefore, applicants should seriously consider several organizations since we do not guarantee that a fellow will get his/her first or second choice.

The Scoville Fellowship has a rule prohibiting participating organizations from hosting fellows in successive semesters. Therefore, the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation, Nuclear Threat Initiative, and Stimson Center will not be eligible to host a Scoville Fellow during the fall 2018 semester.

Alliance for Peacebuilding
Arms Control Association
Brookings Institution
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation
Center for Nonproliferation Studies
Center for Public Integrity
Center for Strategic and International Studies
Friends Committee on National Legislation Education Fund
Green Cross International
Institute for Energy and Environmental Research
Institute for Science and International Security
National Security Archive
Natural Resources Defense Council
Nuclear Threat Initiative
Partnership for Global Security
Partnership for a Secure America
Peace Action Education Fund
Physicians for Social Responsibility
ReThink Media
Stimson Center
Truman Center for National Policy
Union of Concerned Scientists
Win Without War 
Wisconsin Project on Nuclear Arms Control
Women’s Action for New Directions

1800 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Suite 401
Washington, DC 20036

The Alliance for Peacebuilding (AfP) is a membership network of over 100 organizations. Our members include some of the world’s largest development organizations, most innovative academic institutions, and the most powerful peacebuilding groups. We bring together coalitions in key areas of strategy and policy to elevate the entire peacebuilding field, tackling issues too large for any one organization to address alone.

AfP’s mission is to Influence, Impact, and Innovate for the peacebuilding field. Our program areas include Policy & Advocacy, Learning & Evaluation, and Neuroscience & Narratives. Scoville Fellows will work in AfP’s Policy & Advocacy Program.

A Scoville Fellow would have the opportunity to work on a range of AfP’s policy initiatives and technical areas, including countering violent extremism, gender, nonviolent action, and state fragility. The fellow would gain knowledge of how these areas are incorporated into U.S. foreign policy, and would have the opportunity to engage with Congress, the State Department, USAID, the Pentagon, and the National Security Council. Fellows would work with senior staff to determine project areas according to the Fellow’s interests and organizational needs.

Projects may include supporting one or more AfP Working Groups, researching and writing policy briefs, op-eds, and/or reports on peacebuilding-centered foreign policy, and specific projects in the fellow’s interest area. Fellows would network with staff of AfP’s 100+ organizational members frequently and participate in various coalition groups.

1200 18th Street, NW
Suite 1175
Washington, DC 20036

The Arms Control Association (ACA) is a non-partisan organization committed to promoting public understanding of arms control issues and policies. The Association through its media program, publications, and its monthly journal Arms Control Today, provides the media, Congress, research institutions, and civic groups with information and analyses on arms control and its contribution to national security. A Scoville Fellow would work at ACA as a junior staff member assisting with the publication of Arms Control Today, providing support for the media program or working with senior analysts on existing research projects.

Arms Control and Non-Proliferation Initiative
1775 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036

The Brookings Institution is a nonprofit public policy organization whose mission it is to conduct high-quality, independent research and, based on that research, to provide innovative, practical recommendations, including with regard to enhancing U.S. security and promoting a more open, safe, prosperous and cooperative international system. Brookings is proud to be consistently ranked as the most influential, most quoted and most trusted think tank in the world. Within Brookings, the Foreign Policy Program houses some 40 full-time scholars in eleven distinct research centers and initiatives. Many of the scholars have had direct experience at the highest levels of policymaking.

Brookings established the Arms Control and Non-Proliferation Initiative (ACNPI) in 2009, and it has quickly become recognized as one of the premier centers for research and policy recommendations on nuclear arms control issues. ACNPI to date has focused on the legacy of the Cold War–U.S.-Russian nuclear arms reductions, NATO nuclear posture and arms control measures regarding non-strategic nuclear weapons, and missile defense–as well as current issues of nuclear deterrence and key proliferation challenges such as Iran and North Korea. The initiative is directed by Senior Fellow Steven Pifer, who had considerable experience working on nuclear arms control during his 25 years as a career Foreign Service officer, including as Senior Director for Russia in the National Security Council. He is joined by Senior Fellow Robert Einhorn, who served as assistant secretary for nonproliferation during the Clinton administration and as the secretary of state’s special advisor for nonproliferation and arms control during the Obama administration.

Brookings expects that a Scoville Fellow would select, in consultation with ACNPI, a topic in the nonproliferation or arms control field (with a preference for the former) for his/her primary area of research and produce an in-depth manuscript examining that issue, including policy recommendations for the U.S. or other governments. In addition, the fellow would be expected to contribute shorter analytical, policy or opinion pieces for newspapers, blogs, or other outlets. The fellow would also be expected to participate fully in ACNPI’s roundtables and public meetings and perhaps organize some on his/her own.

The fellow would have the opportunity to take part in other Brookings Foreign Policy Program events as well as in related events, such as Congressional hearings and research or policy talks at other Washington think tanks. To further his/her own work, he/she could expect to draw on Brookings’s wide range of contacts within the State Department, Department of Defense, Department of Energy and National Security Council.

Nuclear Policy Program
1779 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036-2103

Founded in 1910, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace is the oldest international affairs think tank in the United States. Today, Carnegie comprises a unique global network of policy research centers in Russia, China, Europe, the Middle East and the United States. Our mission is to advance the cause of peace through analysis and development of fresh policy ideas and direct engagement and collaboration with decision-makers in government, business and civil society. Working together, our centers bring the inestimable benefit of multiple national viewpoints to bilateral, regional and global issues.

The Nuclear Policy Program is the longest-running program at Carnegie and has become a thought leader on proliferation, arms control and nuclear energy trends and challenges. Through cutting-edge analysis and policy engagement utilizing a network of influence with government officials and policy leaders around the globe, the Nuclear Policy Program helps shape nuclear policy debates in the United States and abroad. The concentration of nuclear expertise at the Endowment comprises technical, policy and regional experts based in Washington, Moscow, Beijing, Tel Aviv, Brussels, London, Bonn and Istanbul. The Program also convenes the biennial Carnegie International Nuclear Policy Conference.

The day-to-day work of the Nuclear Policy Program involves a combination of research and analysis with engagement of the governmental and nongovernmental expert communities in Washington and abroad.  Carnegie experts undertake major, long-term projects on critical challenges confronting the nuclear order; they seek to translate this work into policy influence by convening public and private discussions at Carnegie and in capitals around the world, through dissemination of ideas in print and digital media, and through targeted engagement of policymakers.

The Nuclear Policy Program will both integrate a Scoville Fellow into ongoing activities, such that they would have an opportunity to experience the field from the perspective of a senior researcher, and mentor them in the pursuit of their own research interests. Broadly speaking, the duties of prospective fellows would traverse a range of activities, from gathering and analyzing data from a variety of sources to assisting with organizing of policy dialogues. Fellows will be paired with and mentored by one or more of the senior scholars working on issues of mutual interest, meeting at a frequency dictated by ongoing activities and the needs of the fellow, on average of once a week. They would be expected to participate in the weekly research group meetings and, periodically, to present their own research for feedback from the team. To maximize their understanding of the Washington policy milieu and the role of think tanks within it, Scoville Fellows would be expected to attend occasional events outside of Carnegie in their areas of interest.

(sister organization of Council for a Livable World )
820 1st Street, NE
Suite LL-180
Washington, DC 20002

The Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation is dedicated to enhancing international peace and security and protecting the American people from the threat of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons. The Center seeks to reduce and ultimately eliminate nuclear weapons as a tool of U.S. national security policy, halt the spread of all weapons of mass destruction, stop the deployment of a national missile defense system, and redirect national spending to better address the genuine threats facing the United States.

A Scoville Fellow working at the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation would play an important role in researching and developing informational materials that would serve not only to educate the general public but to provide Congress with the technical information necessary to make informed decisions on arms control issues. The Center focuses on the policy makers in Washington, D.C.: Members of Congress, their staffs, reporters and foreign policy experts.

Middlebury Institute of International Studies
1400 K Street, NW
Suite 1225
Washington, DC 20005

The Center for Nonproliferation Studies is a research and training institution focusing on global and regional nonproliferation issues. The Center undertakes research on a wide range of nonproliferation topics, conducts seminars and training sessions for scholars, governmental officials, and the media and issues a variety of publications on nonproliferation, including a triennial journal, The Nonproliferation Review, the monthly WMD Insights, and the monthly International Export Control Observer. The Washington, D.C., office is home to senior scholars in nuclear, chemical, biological, and missile proliferation.

Current priority activities to advance the nonproliferation agenda include: encouraging efforts in NIS countries to minimize the use of weapons-grade uranium in civilian activities; containing the adverse impacts of opening U.S. nuclear trade with India; analyzing the growing use of financial controls as a sanction to slow proliferation; refining options for international nuclear fuel supply guarantees as an alternative to national uranium enrichment programs; evaluating export control programs in states of particular concern; defining the key elements of biological weapons (BW) know-how that need to be controlled to slow BW proliferation; and monitoring the global proliferation of cruise missiles and promoting means for constraining their further spread.

A Scoville Fellow can expect to engage in research and writing on nonproliferation developments as part of CNS projects led by senior staff and will also have the opportunity to pursue independent research, leading to one or more publications. In addition, a Fellow will participate in and help organize various seminars and training programs conducted by the Center; take part in briefings with foreign governmental officials and scholars, and U.S. congressional staff; and attend Congressional hearings and events at other Washington, DC, think tanks.

National Security
910 17th Street, NW
Suite 710
Washington, DC 20006

The Center for Public Integrity is a national, nonpartisan, nonprofit, investigative news organization dedicated to service as “a watchdog in the corridors of power,” as stated on all our business cards. We were founded in 1989 and have  a staff of about 35. We conduct deep research and investigations and write lengthy, riveting accounts of outrageous government conduct and the waste, fraud, or abuse of public funds. We conduct our work in six content areas: politics, accountability, health, environment, juvenile justice, and national security.

Our national security work was started in September 2011 by R. Jeffrey Smith, a Pulitzer-prize winning reporter, editor, and foreign correspondent who worked for several decades at The Washington Post and for a decade in the Washington offices of Science Magazine. Much of his writing has been about nuclear weapons, the defense budget, proliferation, peacekeeping, conflict prevention (he covered wars in the Balkans), fissile materials, and other national and international security issues. These issues now form the core of his reporting agenda at the Center, and they would also be the principal focus of a Scoville Fellow.

A Scoville Fellow would be responsible for writing regularly about these national security issues. The fellow’s work would be published on our website and social media, and in most cases, be co-published with our major media partners. In short, a Scoville Fellow would have a unique opportunity to burnish their writing skills while applying their special knowledge and expertise, before an audience that reaches, in some instances, millions.

The responsibility for mentoring the fellow would likely be shared by Smith and our senior national security reporter Douglas Birch, a former Moscow bureau chief for the Baltimore Sun and the Associated Press and former defense/security editor for the AP in Washington.

Project on Nuclear Issues and Proliferation Prevention Program
1616 Rhode Island Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036

The Center for Strategic and International Studies was founded in 1962. CSIS provides strategic insights and policy solutions to decisionmakers in government, international institutions, the private sector, and civil society. CSIS is a bipartisan, nonprofit organization headquartered in Washington, DC that is led by Dr. John J. Hamre, a former U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense.

A fellow can choose to work either with PONI or PPP, or to divide time between the two programs. In either case, CSIS would help the fellow refine a topic of research in the area of nonproliferation, arms control or nuclear weapons policy and produce an in-depth analysis that would include policy recommendations for government officials (U.S or foreign) or international organizations.

The Proliferation Prevention Program focuses on policy solutions to reduce nuclear risks from weapons and fissile material in civilian and military applications. These span the areas of nuclear nonproliferation, arms control, nuclear security, and nuclear energy. PPP regularly produces both written work and multimedia projects aimed at influencing U.S. and other governments’ policies and educating the public on the nature of the threats posed by WMD. Recently, for example, the program published an interactive timeline of the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (the Iran Nuclear Deal) and several audio/video interview series designed to provide the public with accurate and timely analysis. A fellow would have the opportunity to contribute to major reports on these and other topics, analyses of relevant current events, public events, and closed workshops while working with PPP and will be encouraged to pursue research areas of most interest to him/her.

The Project on Nuclear Issues (PONI) was founded in 2003 to develop the next generation of policy, technical, and operational nuclear professionals by fostering, sustaining, and convening a networked community of young professionals prepared to meet the nuclear challenges of the future. PONI sponsors numerous opportunities for young professionals to engage in thoughtful and informed debate on the nuclear community’s most pressing challenges. Since 2003, PONI has hosted 49 conferences with over 700 presentations from young professionals and emerging experts, and convened 185 Nuclear Scholars who completed research projects on the full spectrum of nuclear issues. In addition to extensive programming PONI supports research and analysis in the nuclear and broader WMD arena, both through the young scholars and affiliates to the program as well as independent senior research efforts led by the PONI Director. PONI would also encourage the fellow to collaborate with the PONI team in developing research agendas, table top exercises, simulations and other interactive activities for conferences and the Nuclear Scholars Initiative. Topics for future projects might include regional deterrence dynamics and escalation management, next steps in nuclear security, or managing nuclear risks in instability and crisis.

245 Second Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002

The FCNL Education Fund is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that conducts research, publishes information on legislation and government policy for the public and members of Congress, and trains constituents to conduct effective advocacy. FCNL’s staff of 35 work in the first LEED-certified building on Capitol Hill.

A Scoville Fellow could select from a range of substantive peace and security policy initiatives at the FCNL Ed Fund, related to nuclear disarmament, conflict prevention and peacebuilding, and U.S. military engagement in the world. The work of the Scoville Fellow would be project focused and would help the fellow learn policy development and the legislative process, understand effective legislative, grassroots and media advocacy, and build a network for knowledge development and career opportunities in the field of peace and security.

These projects could include:

-Researching, writing, and distributing materials on FCNL’s nuclear program, to include Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, the START agreement, the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), and other international treaties and nuclear nonproliferation issues;

-Defining a specific project within FCNL’s Foreign Policy team’s educational work on US military engagement in the world: existing wars (e.g. Afghanistan), potential wars (e.g. Iran), new types of warfare (e.g. drones), or new regional foci (e.g. Africom) with research, writing, and outreach;

-Developing FCNL’s peaceful prevention of deadly conflict program through connections on resource scarcity, food and water security, and climate change issues in specific regions; researching these root causes and proposing innovative ways in which the US policy can prevent violent conflict;

The fellow would have opportunities to publish articles on aforementioned security issues in national and local media outlets and in FCNL publications for constituents; to organize briefings for the NGO community and FCNL constituents with high profile speakers; to network and speak with constituents, grassroots activists, and local leaders in key states to educate them about these security issues and help them coordinate advocacy campaigns. FCNL Ed Fund has a nationwide network of more than 50,000 active constituents and fifty years of experience in leading nuclear disarmament campaigns. FCNL has successfully assisted past Scoville Fellows and FCNL program assistants in positions at other NGOs and in the government.

Environmental Security and Sustainability Program
1101 15th Street, NW, 11th Floor
Washington, DC 20005

Green Cross International (GCI) was founded by former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev in 1993 and celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2013. GCI is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, and has more than 30 national affiliates around the world in Africa, Asia, Europe, North and South America, and Australia. The US national affiliate is called Global Green USA and is headquartered in Los Angeles, CA.

The founding of the organization originated from NGO discussions at the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro; a year later, five countries — US, Russia, Japan, The Netherlands, and Switzerland — established Green Cross in a meeting with Gorbachev in Kyoto, Japan. The overarching goal of Green Cross and President Gorbachev is to promote a “value shift” in how humanity manages the earth. Within that broad vision, our international arms control and environmental programs include nuclear, chemical, biological, and conventional disarmament and abolition; climate change; energy and resource efficiency; reforestation; water and conflict; recycling; and environmental education.

The international Environmental Security and Sustainability (ESS) Program is managed out of the Washington DC office and seeks to bridge the gaps between traditional arms control and disarmament, environmental, and public health issues. The program is aimed at promoting and facilitating the safe and environmentally sound destruction of weapons stockpiles, the cleanup and remediation of military lands, and the strengthening of arms control and disarmament regimes such as the Nonproliferation Treaty, the Chemical Weapons Convention, the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention, and the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, among others.

GCI has been very active over the past two decades in facilitating the dismantling and elimination of nuclear and chemical weapons (CW) in both the U.S. and Russia; this has included ratification of the 1993 Chemical Weapons Convention and the 2010 New START agreement in both Washington and Moscow; public outreach and stakeholder involvement at Russian and U.S. WMD stockpile sites; and international facilitation of Cooperative Threat Reduction (CTR) and G-8 Global Partnership programs. We have also been engaged in conventional weapons issues including unexploded ordnance [UXOs], landmines, strategic rocket motors, buried and sea-dumped munitions, and military base cleanup.

Green Cross founded and manages the Chemical Weapons Convention Coalition (CWCC), a global network of over 50 NGOs in support of chemical weapons abolition which meets annually in The Hague at the annual CWC Conference of States Parties (CSP). And it is also a founder and steering committee member of the Fissile Material Working Group (FMWG) which has supported the Nuclear Security Summit (NSS) and global control of fissile and radioactive materials. It also is a member of the Nuclear Weapons Working Group (NWWG) which meets twice monthly to engage nuclear-related issues.

The ESS Program includes Green Cross affiliates in the US, Russia, Switzerland, Belarus, and the Ukraine. Our work is thus very international in scope and is supported by U.S. and European governments, corporations, foundations, and individual donations. We network at all levels — international, national, regional, and local — and seek to promote full stakeholder involvement, consensus-building, safe demilitarization procedures, transparency, and strengthened nonproliferation regimes.

Scoville Fellows would have the opportunity to work in our Washington, DC office (shared with Friends of the Earth and other NGOs) on Security and Sustainability Program issues. This would involve research, writing, and/or organizing events on nuclear, chemical, biological, and/or conventional weapons issues most often related to nonproliferation and weapons demilitarization. The specific Scoville Fellow project would be worked out based on mutual interests and needs.

6935 Laurel Avenue, Suite 204
Takoma Park, MD 20912

The Institute for Energy and Environmental Research (IEER) provides the public and policy makers with thoughtful, clear, and sound technical studies on a range of environmental, nuclear and energy issues, bringing scientific excellence to public policy debates. IEER’s publications focus on the environmental consequences of nuclear weapons production, alternative energy, nuclear disarmament, and related issues. Its newsletter, Science for Democratic Action, uses non-technical language and humor to make scientific information accessible to policy makers, activists, and the media, both in the U.S. and other nuclear weapons states. IEER also has an international newsletter, Energy & Security, which is published in Russian, French, and Chinese. The aim of IEER is to promote the democratization of science and a safer, healthier environment.

A Scoville fellow working at IEER would be involved in one or both of IEER’s main projects: Technical Support to Grassroots Groups on Nuclear Issues, or the Global Outreach Project for Reducing Post-Cold War Nuclear Dangers. Depending on a fellow’s qualifications, work might include research and writing on technical topics related to nuclear weapons production — including forthcoming reports on the ecological effects of modern war, nuclear power phase-out, and threats to water resources around nuclear sites; research and writing for IEER’s newsletter on issues such as disarmament, de-alerting nuclear weapons, and plutonium disposition; and/or preparing materials for and presenting at IEER’s technical training workshop on nuclear power decommissioning and waste management. Depending on the fellow’s language skills and other capabilities, work may include writing, research and possibly travel in association with our global project, which focuses on nuclear issues in Russia, France, Britain and to a lesser extent China, Japan and South Asia.

440 First Street, NW
Suite 800
Washington, DC 20001

The Institute for Science and International Security is a non-partisan, non-profit research organization that provides the public, media and policy makers with clear analyses of scientific and policy issues affecting national and international security. Since its inception in 1993, ISIS has award-winning and internationally recognized technical assessments of proliferant state efforts to get the bomb, including detailed evaluations of South Africa’s and Iraq’s nuclear weapons programs. ISIS has compiled comprehensive estimates of plutonium and highly enriched uranium inventories worldwide, and continues to seek a global cutoff of the production of these nuclear explosive materials. ISIS has also provided critical information in support of efforts to reduce the size of the U.S. nuclear arsenal and production complex, to end nuclear testing, and to prevent the future development of new types of nuclear weapons by all countries. ISIS works regularly with government officials and independent experts and scientists both in the U.S. and internationally to further its goals of creating more effective nuclear nonproliferation strategies and reducing the size of existing nuclear arsenals.

A Scoville Fellow at ISIS would be involved in one or both of the organization’s research efforts: the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Project and the Nuclear Weapons Production Project. In particular, he or she would gather information, help set up ISIS-sponsored conferences, and events, and provide other important research assistance in close cooperation with ISIS staff to further the completion of existing tasks.

2130 H Street, NW
Suite 701
Washington, DC 20037

The National Security Archive, founded in 1985, is an independent, non-profit research institute, library facility and publisher in Washington, DC With a staff of 30 and a budget of $1.3 million, the Archive provides scholars, journalists, librarians, students and other researchers with unclassified and declassified government documents — the primary source documents — that are indispensable for research and informed public debate on important issues of foreign, intelligence, defense and international policy.

The Archive obtains documents for its series The Making of U.S. Policy, from a wide variety of source including: requests made under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), the Mandatory Declassification Review process, donations, Presidential libraries, official court records, Congressional reports and testimony and oral histories.

As a leading advocate of the FOIA, the archive enlists major Washington law firms to perform pro bono FOIA representation. The Archive’s lawsuits have broken down the fee barrier used by agencies as a threat against reporters and researchers to deter them from using FOIA. The Archive brought the first lawsuit to preserve and obtain access to government electronic mail. Other cases have forced the release of thousands of previously classified documents including the complete list of all documents ever declassified by the CIA and the FBI’s internal memos on the attempted recruitment of librarians as informants.

A Scoville Fellow would work in tandem with analysts on one of more current research projects. This would include building chronologies of events, helping obtain, analyze, and index government documents, and performing research in libraries, archives and on Capitol Hill.

Nuclear Program
1152 15th Street, NW
Suite 300
Washington, DC 20005

For the past 40 years the Nuclear Program at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) has continuously maintained a staff of scientists, policy analysts, and litigators dedicated to reducing and ultimately eliminating the security and environmental risks from nuclear weapons arsenals worldwide. The NRDC Nuclear Program played a key role in the citizen-scientist diplomacy that helped end the Cold War and stop nuclear weapons test explosions in the United States and Russia, and it was NRDC litigation that established the judicial precedent bringing the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) nuclear weapons complex under the jurisdiction of the nation’s environmental laws. The NRDC Nuclear Program today is a leading nongovernmental authority on nuclear arms control and disarmament, and a prominent voice in academic and policy debates towards achieving safety, non-proliferation and environmental safeguards for nuclear power in the context of Climate Change.

The Scoville Fellow will join the NRDC Nuclear Program’s team of five technical experts, policy analysts, and attorneys working on one or more of the following project areas: (1) reducing the risk of nuclear war through creative technical analysis and through fostering a more collaborative international system conducive to arms control and global elimination of nuclear weapons; (2) mitigating the risk of severe nuclear accidents at reactors that produce electricity through science and litigation; (3) preventing national programs for spent nuclear fuel reprocessing and the plutonium fuel cycle; (4) shaping US efforts to establish a deep geologic repository for the long-term disposal of spent nuclear fuel; and (5) protecting groundwater and other natural resources from harms inflicted by uranium mining.

Working closely with program staff, the Scoville Fellow will have opportunities for research, analysis, writing and advocacy, and a mentoring experience commensurate with the fellow’s background, creativity, capabilities, and interests. The fellow will have an opportunity to gain exposure to the full range of the Nuclear Program’s activities, and to work with experts in related areas of NRDC, such as in NRDC’s International, Energy, Climate and China programs.

Founded in 1970, the NRDC now has a staff of more than 400 attorneys, scientists, public policy experts and other professionals working on a broad range of environmental challenges. NRDC benefits from the engagement of more than 1.4 million members and online activists, and has offices in New York, Washington, DC, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Montana and Beijing.

1776 Eye Street, NW
Suite 600
Washington, DC 20006

The Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) is a non-profit organization with a mission to strengthen global security by reducing the risk of use and preventing the spread of nuclear, biological and chemical weapons, and to work to build the trust, transparency and security which are preconditions to the ultimate fulfillment of the Non-Proliferation Treaty’s goals and ambitions.

NTI can provide a unique educational experience to Scoville Fellows by assisting in developing leadership skills that can serve the Fellow throughout a career in the peace and security field and by facilitating their contribution to the critically important work of NTI.

Depending on interest and expertise, a Scoville Fellow could work on one of the following topics: identification of indicators and methods of tracking progress on nuclear materials security, research and participation in efforts to promote nuclear materials transparency and cooperation, and development of exercises to identify critical issues and to promote action on a range of topics. The Fellow would also attend relevant local meetings and Congressional hearings, and support a range of NTI activities.

1400 Eye Street, NW
Suite 440
Washington, DC 20005

The Partnership for Global Security (PGS) is one of the global leaders in designing and generating support for the improvement of the global nuclear security and governance system. For over 17 years, PGS has been evaluating policy needs, developing effective, implementable responses, and driving demonstrable results. Its activities, analyses, and issue framing have consistently shaped the viewpoints of policy makers, international experts, and the media.

Its focus on strategic thinking about both policy needs and a deep understanding of how to package timely, authoritative, and actionable policy proposals for policymakers has led to new international security programs and millions of dollars in new funding for nuclear security. PGS has a unique perspective on the nuclear security challenge and how to address it. Its track record is unparalleled in creating broad and integrated networks, including private and public partnerships, to address vital transnational issues. PGS is constantly evaluating how the convergence of security, technological, and economic issues is shaping the 21st century’s global nuclear challenges. PGS addresses the challenges in this field with an approach that fuses an understanding of technology, geopolitics, economics, international law and social dynamics.

The responsibilities of a Scoville Fellow working at PGS would be to conduct original research and produce reports (for both internal and external consumption) primarily focused on nuclear security, nuclear energy, and transnational governance challenges. Additionally, the nexus of climate change, nuclear energy, global security, and nuclear security governance policies are essential themes of PGS’ core research. The Scoville Fellow would attend relevant meetings, conferences, and congressional hearings, and prepare summaries of these events. Lastly, the fellow would assist the PGS president and Washington Office staff in their research on major nuclear security policy and strategy issues.

1629 K St. NW
Suite 450
Washington, DC 20006

The Partnership for a Secure America (PSA) was created in 2005 by former US Representative Lee Hamilton (D-IN) and former US Senator Warren Rudman (R-NH) to lead by example, demonstrating that bipartisan progress on the toughest foreign policy and national security challenges is possible. Over the past eight years, we have succeeded in fostering and promoting bipartisan consensus on dozens of important policy issues, often through high profile public statements by our distinguished bipartisan Advisory Board. In addition, PSA administers a bipartisan Congressional staff education program, which provides mid-level Hill staffers from both parties with substantive foreign policy education, negotiation and communication trainings, simulated national security decision making exercises, and social activities designed to build relationships of mutual trust and respect across party lines.

The PSA Advisory Board consists of 22 highly distinguished foreign policy officials from previous administrations, including five former Senators, two former National Security Advisors, former Secretaries of State and Defense, three former UN Ambassadors, and a former Governor. Of this group, roughly half are Democrats and half Republicans. A complete list of PSA Advisory Board members, and links to PSA statements, is available at

A Scoville Fellow would serve as a Research Assistant with PSA. In this capacity, the Fellow would:

• Undertake a supervised research and writing projects;
• Help research, draft, and revise bipartisan policy statements;
• Draft press releases, talking points and other materials supporting PSA initiatives;
• Work with the media to promote coverage of PSA’s activities;
• Help plan and organize events promoting PSA Advisory Board statements and the Congressional Partnership Program;
• Attend and report on relevant Washington briefings and seminars as well as hearings on Capitol Hill;
• Help manage the organization’s online presence and advocacy tools;
• Contribute to the PSA blog, “Across the Aisle.”

8630 Fenton Street, Suite 524
Silver Spring, MD 20910

Peace Action is the nation’s largest grassroots peace organization with nearly 40 state affiliates, over 100 local chapters, 31 Student Peace Action Network (SPAN) chapters, over 100,000 dues-paying members and official NGO status with the United Nations. For over 50 years, Peace Action has organized to eliminate the threat of Weapons of Mass Destruction, strengthen human rights and democracy by halting the arms trade, increase international cooperation and cut wasteful Pentagon spending.

A Scoville Fellow working with Peace Action will have the unique experience of transforming policy knowledge into grassroots activism and grassroots activism into political change. Peace Action plays a lead role in facilitating collaborative partnerships between our allies on Capitol Hill, our colleagues in the peace and security policy community, and our network of grassroots peace activists across the country. As a fellow at Peace Action, you will have opportunities to forge relationships with allied organizations in the Washington area, while translating the latest congressional strategies and policy developments to our activists in the field for their grassroots outreach, education and advocacy on issues related to the occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan, promoting diplomacy in Iran and to solve the Syrian civil war, nuclear disarmament, reducing the Pentagon budget and supporting human rights and international cooperation. Peace Action is the only organization working on these issues that uses all the tools in the social change tool box: From working with Senators, Representatives and senior congressional staff to civil disobedience, and from grassroots organizing and coalition building to electoral strategies. A fellow will get to see all these tools and learn how to use them strategically to affect policy change.

Peace Action’s national office has a staff of sixteen persons and is located just a block from the Silver Spring metro stop in downtown Silver Spring, MD and 25 minutes from the Capitol. Several Peace Action grassroots affiliates are in the area and travel to conferences or events within the U.S. is likely.  Though rare, past Scoville Fellows travelled internationally.

Nuclear Weapons
1111 14th Street NW,
Suite 700
Washington, DC 20005

Scoville Fellows at Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) are valued partners on our team of medical professionals, peace and security experts, and PSR chapter organizers around the USA. The combination of policy and advocacy work, which enabled PSR to share the Nobel Peace Prize in 1985, is still a central focus of our enduring advocacy on issues of nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament, climate change and chemical toxics. PSR was founded in 1961 with the motto “Prevention is the only cure.”

The Scoville Fellow will work directly with the Security Program Director to develop the campaigns in our Strategic Plan. The Scoville Fellow will leverage PSR resources to help lead a campaign and educate “grasstops” leaders in PSR chapters and the public on an issue area in disarmament arena. Our expectation is to provide a fellow the experience of managing a project that involves communicating complex issues to our members, the public, and the media.

For 10 years, PSR has been a Partner Organization in the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), recipient of the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize. The over-arching strategy of ICAN toward nuclear weapons is this: “Prohibit. Stigmatize. Eliminate.” ICAN reframed the debate over nuclear weapons by focusing on their catastrophic humanitarian impact—including their medical impact. This strategy led to the successful campaign for a Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, which was adopted by 122 nations on July 7, 2017. The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons “fills the legal gap” by declaring that nuclear weapons must be declared illegal, as have other weapons of mass destruction. It is no surprise that the United States has steadfastly opposed the Treaty–an indication of the work still ahead of us.

PSR Scoville Fellows work to:

• Precipitate a cultural shift in the United States against nuclear weapons
• Work with Congress to stop the $1.2 trillion plan to replace the entire American nuclear arsenal with enhanced weapons, and thereby stop a new nuclear arms race.
• Enlarge and strengthen the constituency of American medical professionals working on these issues.

While PSR works on these strategic initiatives, we simultaneously work with our chapters and allied organizations to prevent a nuclear war from breaking out right now.

Peace and Security
1110 Vermont Avenue NW
Suite 500
Washington, DC 20005

ReThink Media is a nonprofit organization focused on building the communications capacity of nonprofit think tanks, experts, and advocacy groups working toward a more constructive US foreign and national security policy, the protection of human and civil rights, and strengthening our democracy.

ReThink Media is unique to the NGO sector — dozens of organizations come to ReThink for support with their media outreach and messaging. ReThink’s Peace and Security team works to analyze messaging and opinion trends to inform media strategies that deliver measurable communications results on some of the world’s most pressing foreign policy challenges.

Scoville Fellows work directly under the supervision of a senior member of the Peace and Security team. Fellows get first-hand strategic communications experience building communications capacity among some of the leading organizations in the sector. During their time, a fellow will create press lists, op-eds, digital media content, and assist with the development of sector-wide communications strategies and campaigns. Fellows will also have the opportunity to work horizontally across the organization with ReThink’s digital strategist, polling analyst, and Security and Rights team.

1211 Connecticut Avenue, NW
8th Floor
Washington, DC 20036

The Stimson Center concentrates on particularly difficult national and international security issues where policy, technology and politics intersect. Its aim is to produce research that is relevant to policy makers, rigorous by academic standards, and understandable by the public at large. Our projects deal with regional security (South Asia, the Middle East, East Asia), countering the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, and institution building (peacekeeping, homeland security, Congress). At this time there are ten active research and policy analysis projects housed at the center. The Stimson Center has a full-time staff of 40, which is complemented by interns, visiting fellows, and adjunct scholars.

A Scoville Fellow would be assigned to work with one of the center’s senior associates or the president. In their capacity as a junior researcher at the Stimson Center, a Scoville Fellow would be tasked to research particular issues, to prepare publications that summarize public forums, to arrange press briefings in Washington and around the United States, to participate in collaborative programs the center undertakes with other think tanks and advocacy organizations, and to assist with the strategic dissemination of center findings and recommendations through its web page and other means.

1250 I Street, NW Suite 500
Washington DC 20036

TheTruman Center for National Policy (CNP) is an independent think tank dedicated to advancing the national security of the United States. We bring together thought leaders and decision makers who are focused on peace and international security at home and across the globe.

CNP, in partnership with the Truman National Security Project, is also the nation’s only organization that recruits, trains, and positions a new generation of progressives across America to lead on national security. Our mission is to provide the skills, knowledge, and network to create an influential force of leaders across the country that advances strong 21st century national security policy. As staff in the Executive and on Capitol Hill, our trained leaders are the individuals who will advocate for progressive policy ideas from within the halls of power. And as trained spokespeople, our leaders add the unique credibility of their national security and military service to support progressive ideas in tough parts of the country. We offer separate training programs for Congressional staff, and elected leaders:

• Congressional Security Scholars: Senate and House staff must be nominated by the Chief of Staff to take part in our twelve-week training, which deepens their background on national security, foreign policy budgeting in Congress, communication training, and the foundational concepts of 21st century security thought.
• National Security Boot Camps: Full-day workshops for state and local leaders, candidates, and other forward-thinking organizations to provide a backbone of military knowledge, local homeland security information, professional communications training, and an introduction to the progressive security worldview.
• Backgrounders: Short, well-messaged policy pieces to train Congressional staff and other leaders in how to advocate for and message a crucial policy issue.
• Truman Security Fellowship: Our flagship program is a highly selective yearlong leadership development program for rising stars ages 27-40 operating in ten cities nationwide.

In the summer of 2013, the Center for National Policy in partnership with the Truman National Security Project also launched its paper publications program. Members of the Truman Project submit proposals that present forward-thinking, values-based ideas that are both innovative and actionable to be reviewed by an independent Editorial Board and published by CNP. These papers provide important and implementable approaches to some of the world’s most pressing security concerns.

A Scoville Fellow will work on a number of projects including:

• Developing and improving the Congressional Security Scholars curriculum. The Fellow will interact with leading thinkers in the nuclear non-proliferation and broader international security field and undertake significant research to assist in building these trainings. S/he will work with our senior staff to create curriculum materials based on that research, including lectures and interactive trainings.
• Planning and organizing public and private events, hill-briefings, and roundtable discussions with the organization’s non-proliferation expert group. As a Scoville Fellow s/he will be responsible for developing new and innovative ways to engage these members and influence the national dialogue on non-proliferation.
• Providing research, writing, and editing assistance to authors in the CNP paper publications program writing on nuclear deterrence, non-proliferation, air-sea-battle, and other regional and international security issues.

Nuclear Weapons & Global Security Program
1825 K Street, NW
Suite 800
Washington, DC 20006-1232

An independent, nonprofit organization with 300,000 activists and members, the Union of Concerned Scientists is an independent science-based nonprofit working for a healthy environment and a safer world. UCS combines independent scientific research and citizen action to develop innovative, practical solutions and to secure responsible changes in government policy, corporate practices, and consumer choices.

UCS’s Global Security Program, where Scoville Fellows would work, advocates for a safer world by seeking to eliminate the risks posed by nuclear arsenals and nuclear terrorism, to improve nuclear power plant safety, to prevent the deployment of anti-satellite and space-based weapons, and to enhance international dialogue on security issues. UCS’s policy goals include stopping the deployment of new nuclear weapons, limiting the deployment of unworkable missile defenses, preventing the spread of nuclear weapons material and technology, securing deep cuts in world nuclear arsenals leading to their elimination, and increasing arms control expertise in China.

Scoville Fellows do not need a technical background to work at UCS. Fellows work primarily with the Global Security Washington Representative/Senior Analyst, who is responsible for presenting UCS’s positions to Congress, the administration, and the public. Among the fellowship’s participating organizations, UCS is one of the few that is active in every part of advocacy work. Fellows can get involved in all aspects, including research, writing, media work, work with Congress, and grass roots education. Ample opportunities are provided for Scoville Fellows to attend educational seminars and briefings and otherwise benefit from their Washington experiences.

2000 M Street, NW
Suite 720
Washington, DC 20036

Win Without War was formed in 2002 as a coalition of like-minded organizations opposed to the Iraq War, and we have continued to advocate for a more peaceful American policy in the ensuing years. Throughout that time, we have evolved as an organization, and today represent a key piece of progressive infrastructure on national security and foreign policy. Our programmatic work combines issue campaigning, both directly and through a robust coalition and network of allied organizations, with policy, communications, and congressional relations to produce a unique capacity to advocate for more progressive and peaceful policy solutions.

Fellows would be instrumental in our planned work to more proactively promote progressive policy alternatives that prioritize peacebuilding, diplomacy, and development. Additionally, fellows would focus on promoting policy solutions that address key security threats such as terrorism and climate change through non-military means.

While the exact issues we work on is dictated by the changing of Washington’s policy and political debates, Win Without War engages constantly in key areas of issue focus covered by the Scoville Fellowship including:

● Ending endless global war – For 17 years, the United States has engaged in preventative wars around the world to counter threats posed by terrorism, with disastrous results. Win Without War leads the charge to push Congress to end these executive wars of choice that have led to disastrous consequences and advocate for non-military solutions to the challenges we face.
● Nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament – Advocating against the planned $1 trillion nuclear modernization, supporting diplomatic efforts to achieve arms control such as the JCPOA, and promoting diplomatic solutions for resolving nuclear concerns related to North Korea.
● Conflict Prevention/Resolution – We are specifically hoping to deepen our work in this area in the coming months and years, with a particular focus on the need to address climate change as a growing source of future conflict.
● Defense Budget – Win Without War has long been at the center of the effort for a more responsible defense budget. Having previously co-chaired the Pentagon Budget Campaign, our Director remains a key expert on defense spending and helps coordinate advocacy aimed at re-imagining both the defense and international affairs budgets.
● International Security, peacebuilding, and peacekeeping – we advocate for American involvement in diplomatic initiatives to end international conflicts and against U.S. military interventions that deepen, worsen, or otherwise prolong those conflicts.
● Terrorism prevention – Our work includes a robust effort to promote non-military means of fighting terrorism and a recognition that the years of the War on Terror have produced devastating results.

In their work at Win Without War, fellows would have a chance to produce high quality policy products on any/all of the above issues. Win Without War regularly produces a variety of policy products including policy briefs, message guidance, issue backgrounders, op-eds, blogs, and sample legislation.

Fellows would work closely with our Policy Director and other members of our leadership team to create such products and content that promote policy alternatives. Additionally, fellows would have the opportunity to help coordinate policy discussions in a variety of venues including public events, roundtable meetings of NGO partners, and congressional briefings. Finally, we would work with fellows to understand their unique interests to develop a major project to be completed during their fellowship. This could include a policy white paper, policy-specific event, policy proposal (e.g. the Unified Security Budget).

1701 K Street, NW
Suite 805
Washington, DC 20006

The Wisconsin Project carries out research and public education designed to inhibit the spread of nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons and the missiles to deliver them. It is a non-partisan organization operating in Washington, DC, founded in 1986 in cooperation with the University of Wisconsin. The Wisconsin Project’s main goal is to reduce the risk that global trade will accelerate the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. Using open sources, the Project identifies entities linked to proliferation, maps proliferation networks, and publicizes transactions involving entities or items of concern. The Project also works with governments and exporters to strengthen compliance with national export restrictions and international agreements.

A Scoville Fellow would contribute to the research on proliferation networks described above to support the Project’s two principal programs: the Iran Watch website and the Risk Report database. Specific research areas would be identified on a monthly basis and could include: mapping entities facilitating financial transactions on behalf of North Korea based on recent sanctions; reviewing export enforcement cases for information about the procurement of controlled US technology by Chinese and Russian firms and individuals; identifying front companies and brokers used by Syria for the procurement of chemical weapon or missile related technology. This research would be used to build profiles of entities of concern and could also contribute to research memos, reports, or other written products.

In addition, a Scoville Fellow could support the Project’s public policy work on Iran by writing memos and reports for Iran Watch and helping to organize private roundtable discussions and briefings. To support the Project’s outreach on strategic trade controls, a Scoville Fellow could research a country’s compliance with the requirements of UN Security Council resolution 1540 or design scenario-based exercises for training events organized by the Project.

A unique skill gained by working at the Wisconsin Project is the ability to conduct rigorous open source research, to find and evaluate sources, and to use this research to write clear and fully supported analysis. Researchers at the Wisconsin Project also gain an in-depth knowledge of nonproliferation-related sanctions, the varying penalties of different U.S. sanctions authorities as well as sanctions imposed by countries around the world.

810 7th Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002

Women’s Action for New Directions (WAND) was founded in 1980 as a women’s political initiative for the elimination of the threat of nuclear war. WAND’s mission since the 1990s has broadened to include increasing women’s political power nationwide for the purpose of eliminating weapons of mass destruction and redirecting unnecessary funding for cold war weapons to human needs. WAND is a national membership organization with chapters across the country.

The Women Legislators’ Lobby (WiLL), a project of WAND, is a national network of women state legislators with members in every state. WAND community leaders and WiLL members engage in grassroots lobbying, community education, and work actively on election campaigns. A Scoville fellow would work with the Washington, DC staff of WAND and WiLL to research and write on disarmament and federal budget issues, track legislation, and assist with projects such as our biennial lobby day, media outreach and education to state legislators and grassroots.