Spring 2021 Research Fellowship with National Intelligence University


The Rutgers Center for Critical Intelligence Studies, a federally designated Intelligence Community Center for Academic Excellence (IC CAE), has partnered with the National Intelligence University to create Spring 2021 virtual research fellowships for students from Rutgers University, Borough of Manhattan Community College, City College of New York, and New Jersey City University.

Students will provide approximately 10-15 hours of research assistance per week on a research project under the mentorship of professors at the National Intelligence University. Research will take place remotely for the duration of the fellowship: January 2021-May 2021. Selected students may receive a stipend from the Rutgers IC CAE Program, but this is not guaranteed. As such, selected students should seek academic credit from their institutions for participation in the research fellowship.  Students from all academic disciplines are invited to apply.  Participating students must be U.S. citizens.

Program Details

Selected students will work under the mentorship of NIU faculty with expertise and backgrounds in intelligence, military, and foreign policy. This program will provide an opportunity for students to support groundbreaking research to advance U.S. intelligence processes and foreign policy efforts. During the application process, students will have the opportunity to rank each of the five NIU centers participating in the fellowship. We will make every effort to match selected students with their number one choice, but because the number of fellowships is limited, this may not be possible.

Academic Credit

Selected students from Rutgers University may receive academic credit by enrolling in 01:790:484 Research in Critical Intelligence Studies. Students from other universities/colleges should consult with their own institutions to determine if this fellowship is eligible for academic credit.

About the IC CAE Program

In January 2015, Rutgers University began work on a project awarded from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) to enhance the recruitment and retention of a diverse Intelligence Community workforce with capabilities critical to the national security interests of the United States. As a result of this award, Rutgers became an Intelligence Community Center for Academic Excellence (IC CAE), with the goal of developing sustainable national security and intelligence programs to educate and inform a diverse cadre of students. 

About NIU’s Caracristi Institute

As the dedicated research unit of National Intelligence University (NIU)—the accredited university of the U.S. Intelligence Community (IC)—the Ann Caracristi Institute for Intelligence Research (CIIR) represents the IC’s premier resource for academic intelligence research. CIIR serves to support, advance, and promote NIU’s academically rigorous research on topics critical to U.S. intelligence and national security. During the application process, students will have the opportunity to rank each of the five centers that operate under the Caracristi Institute:

  • Center for Anticipatory Intelligence and Adaptive Influence (C[AI]2): Research Fellows will apply complexity theory and advanced computational methods to better understand intelligence problems and improve policymaking.

  • Center for Designing Intelligence Research (DIR): Research Fellows will continue driving the growth of NIU’s Literature Review Resource Collection & Research Methods Laboratory, in support of NIU students, faculty, & fellows.

  • Center for Intelligence research in Area Studies (CIRAS): Research Fellows will conduct deep area studies research on regions of critical & emergent significance to US intelligence & national security.

  • Data Science Intelligence Center (DSIC): Research Fellows will leverage datasets from across the US government & open sources to push the limits of data science research in support of US intelligence & national security.

  • Geospatial Science Center (GSC): Research Fellows will support research & teaching using geospatial analysis.



Applications are due on December 23, 2020. Students will be notified of selection in early January. Please contact avamaj@rutgers.edu with questions.

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