Visiting Scholars

Matt Chessen, U.S. Department of State, Washington DC

(August 2016-July 2017)

Matt Chessen served as the Coordinator for International Cyber Policy for the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, where he worked to promote an open, interoperable, secure, and reliable information and communications infrastructure that supports international trade and commerce, strengthens international security, and fosters free expression and innovation. He has also worked for Razorfish, served in U.S. Embassy in Iraq, ISAF Headquarters, and Office of eDiplomacy.

Reseach: The Impacts of Advances in Artificial Intelligence on International Relations of the United States

Diego Silva, University of Campinas, Brazil

(September 2016- May 2017)

Diego Rafael de Moraes Silva is currently a PhD Candidate of Science and Technology Policy from the University of Campinas and a Fulbright  Visiting Scholar at  CISTP. From 2010 to 2012, Diego was a research assistant at the Innovation and Competitiveness Observatory at University of São Paulo, which is a research group dedicated to developing studies in innovation related fields. Presently, he is a researcher at the Group of Studies on Science, Technology and Innovation Indicators at University of Campinas and an associate researcher at the Group of Social and Historic Studies of Public Statistics at the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics.

Reserach Topic:  Fields of Design and Evaluation of Innovation Policies and Innovation Indicators and Measurement

Tomas Hrozensky, Matej Bel University, Slovakia

( August 2016-  February 2017)

Tomas Hrozenksy is a  PhD. student of international relations at Matej Bel University (Faculty of Political Science and International Relations) in Banska Bystrica, Slovakia, where he also graduated with master’s degree in international relations . He has been awarded Fulbright scholarship for a 6 month research stay at the SPI / ESIA / GWU (08/01/16 - 02/01/17) . His primary research focus is on space policy and space security issues from the perspective of international politics. He is a  graduate of 2014 ECSL Summer Course on Space Law and Policy and since 2015 has been a member of Slovak delegation to the UN Committee for Peaceful Uses of Outer Space. Besides that he is also member of the Space Generation Advisory Council (National Point of Contact for Slovakia) and takes an active part in expert NGO in Slovakia called Slovak Space Policy Association.

Research Topic: Changing Structure of Global Space Sector

Woong Lee, Yonhap News Agency, Korea

(August 2015 – August 2016)

Research Topic: Innovation Methods in Hyper-Connected Society

Alain Norman, United States Department of State, Diplomat in Residence

(August 2015-July 2016)

Alain Norman, a Foreign Service Officer, was the 2015-2016 Diplomat in Residence at the Center for International Science & Technology Policy (CISTP) at George Washington University (GWU).  He focused his research and writing at CISTP on environmental security issues.  During his State Department career he has, inter alia, served as director of a Regional Environmental Office.  He earned a law degree from GWU, a Masters from the London School of Economics, and a Bachelors’ degree at Georgetown University.

Research Topic: Sea-level Rise and Maryland’s Response(s) – An Assessment of Efforts to Strengthen Resiliency among Vulnerable Communities

Jonghee Park, Board of Audit and Inspection, Korea

(November 2014 – December 2016)

Research Topic: Electricity Demand Management Policy



Visiting Scholars


The Center for International Science and Technology Policy hosts a number of Visiting Scholars each year through many of its programs, which are listed below.  CISTP’s location within the Elliott School of International Affairs offers a dynamic environment for visitors and fellows, and is conveniently located about halfway between the White House and the State Department.  The Elliott School is a one of the leading international affairs programs in the country and has the staff to meet its mission.  The School houses nine Institutes and Centers, where the research performed spans the major areas of international studies and relations.  The Elliott School and the Washington area offer endless opportunities to attend seminars on a large variety of topics as well as access to decision-makers in Congress and the Administration.


The Center for International Science and Technology Policy (CISTP) is a world leader in international public policy research and education in science, technology, and innovation. The Center faculty members are also internationally recognized leaders on methods and applications of R&D evaluations in several countries. One of the key goals of the Center is to explore the relationship between new technology and industry dynamics. It hosts visiting scholars from around the world and offers a program leading to a Master’s Degree.  The Center is home to the Nuclear Policy Talks, a highly successful talk series on nuclear weapons and energy issues.  The Nuclear Policy Talks partner with a number of organizations, including Sandia National Labs, the Institute for Nuclear Materials Management, and the Institute for Science and International Security to present innovative seminars and workshops. 


Research specializations at the Center include energy and climate change, military technology and security, innovation, information technology, cybersecurity, military, and national security.  We have hosted an international group of visitors in the past, from a variety of countries, including Brazil and South Korea from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds, such as political science, policy analysis, economics, and various scientific fields.  Visiting Scholars are housed in the Center and participate in active research programs, seminars, workshops, and classes. 


All visitors are expected to give a seminar at some point during their tenure with the Center and actively participate in Center events, and interact on a regular basis with other visitors, graduate students, and faculty.  All visitors are strongly encouraged to produce written work for publication while affiliated with the Center.


Non-Stipendary Fellows Program

The Center offers a number of non-stipendary fellowships each year.  They can be for as long as a year and as short as 3 months.  Non-stipendary fellows are expected to provide their own salary and research funds.  The Center will offer them desk space, access to GWU’s library and other facilities, and a formal affiliation with ESIA and the Center. 


The deadline for applications to the Non-Funded Fellows Program is January 31, 2017.  In addition to filling out the online form [link], please include in your applications:

            •a current cv

            •a statement of research, including what you’ve worked on in the past and how it will inform the topic you plan to research, the significance of the research, how you will carry out the research, and any sources of funding for the research.  Please also list the dates you would like to come and list the faculty with whom you would like to interact

            •three references, with email addresses, snail mail addresses, and phone numbers


Nuclear Policy Fellows

We are pleased to announce three fellowship opportunities at the Center for International Science and Technology Policy at the Elliott School of International Affairs for the 2016-2017 academic year.  Two pre-doctoral fellowships and one post-doctoral fellowship are available.  The selected fellows will focus on areas in nuclear energy and nuclear security policy. 


The Center for International Science and Technology Policy won a Nuclear Science and Security Research grant, along with a consortium of seven other universities, led by University of California, Berkeley, from the National Nuclear Security Administration.  Part of this award will fund pre-doctoral fellowship research on solutions to the problem of nuclear waste disposal in Japan, and the associated proliferation risks posed by the current reprocessing-only strategy taken by the Abe government.  The Center also won funding from the MacArthur Foundation for research on Nuclear Waste Solutions: Moving the Stagnant Backend in the US.  Post- and pre-doctoral fellowship research associated with the MacArthur Foundation grant will focus on lessons learned from the accident at the Waste Isolation Pilot Project in New Mexico, the repository for the nation’s defense transuranic wastes; Development of a “safety case” and new generic regulations for a high-level waste repository; both projects will help jump-start the development of a US high-level waste repository by tackling issues that need to be settled before progress repository siting can be made.  A separate, third area of research will look at the potential impacts to the back end of the fuel cycle, especially in wastes produced, from new reactor designs under consideration from a variety of sectors. 


NOTE: the Post-doctoral fellowship competition is over for the 2016-2017 academic year but the Pre-doctoral fellowship is open.  Please submit applications for the pre-doctoral fellowship by October 1, 2016 for a start date of January 1, 2017.  In addition to the online application [link], please submit:

            •Recent CV

•Statement of past research experience and future research interests (limit to 1500 words)
•writing sample
•for pre-doctoral candidates, unofficial transcript
•names and contact information of three references who are writing letters for you


For all applicants, please submit materials to Ms. Samantha D’Introno, Program Assistant, CISTP, at  She can be reached by phone at 202-994-7292. 


State Department Scholars Program


Each year the Center hosts a Diplomat-in-Residence from the US State Department.  State Department scholars are selected through a program established by the State Department and is only available to State Department employees.


Note: Those interested in becoming Visiting Scholars should submit a letter of interest with details on your intended research project to Director Allison Macfarlane at least four (4) months in advance of their requested start time.  

For bios of our previous visiting scholars, please click here.



Event Recording: Carlos Henrique de Brito Cruz

A full video of the April 29th lecture event on "Science and Technology Policy in Brazil: The Role of Sub-National Initiatives," given by the Science Director of the Sao Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP), Carlos Henrique de Brito Cruz. This event was part of annual Allan Bromley Memorial Lecutre, co-hosted with the University of Ottawa. 

Al Teich at the Euroscience Open Forum

Research Professor Albert Teich traveled to Copenhagen, Denmark, to participate in the 2014 Euroscience Open Forum (ESOF2014), June 21-26.  ESOF is Europe’s largest, general science meeting. Teich was a member of ESOF's Scientific Program Committee. The meeting featured 120 sessions, plus plenaries and keynote lectures and drew 4,500 participants. Almost 40,000 local residents participated in the "Science in the City Festival" held conjunction with the meeting.

Nicholas S. Vonortas appointed to São Paulo Excellence Chair

The UNICAMP Departamento de Política Científica e Tecnológica has established a new research and doctoral teaching programme on innovation policy and innovation systems centered around a São Paulo Excellence Chair (SPEC).  A novel funding instrument in the State of São Paulo, the new SPEC programme was established recently at DPCT by the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP).  It is established for five years, starting September 1, 2014, with the possibility of further extension.