Call for Applications 

The John Quincy Adams Society invites mid-career foreign policy practitioners to apply for its inaugural Strategic Leaders Fellowship.  

This professional development program provides participants with opportunities to deepen their expertise in grand strategy. Fellows will dive deeply into prudent approaches to U.S. defense and foreign policy by hearing from top scholars in academia and think tanks together with a community of peers.  

The program lasts the calendar year and requires only a part-time commitment. Fellows can expect to join their cohort at exclusive roundtable dinners in the DC area, at least one weekend retreat, and a week-long international study trip. Program events will take place about once per month. Participants are expected to attend each session, including those on evenings and weekends, and to complete assigned readings. Programming will take place between April and December 2022. We will release a program schedule to selected fellows. 

The Strategic Leaders Fellowship is open only to United States citizens. Applicants should have between 5 and 15 years of foreign or defense policy experience. Relevant experience may include but is not limited to service in the armed forces, private sector, federal or state government, international work, and internships.  

There is no cost to program participants other than the costs of travel to the DC area if necessary. Fellows do not need to be based in the DC area but are expected to join the cohort for any in-person sessions. We plan to host as many components of this fellowship in person as possible, in compliance with all relevant local rules and guidelines for COVID-19. If necessary, fellowship events will become virtual. 

Please fill out the application below to apply for the 2022 Strategic Leaders Fellowship. Application materials must not include any classified information. Letters of recommendation will not be accepted with applications at this time.  

Applications close on Friday March 11. We expect to announce the cohort of fellows later in March 2022. Please direct any questions to Julie Thompson-Gomez at If the application form below does not load, you may access it directly here.

The Strategic Leaders Fellowship is made possible by a generous donation from Stand Together Trust.  

The John Quincy Adams Society welcomes all qualified applicants regardless of color, race, religion, religious creed, sex, gender or gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, national origin, ethnicity, ancestry, age, physical ability, mental ability, medical condition, pregnancy (including medical needs which may arise from pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), military and veteran status, genetic information, marital or familial status, political affiliation, or any other legally recognized protected basis under federal, state or local laws, regulations or ordinances.