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Information for the 2017–2019 FKD Memorial Fellowship will be posted in the Fall of 2016. 

Applications for the 2015–2017 Frasure-Kruzel-Drew Memorial Fellowship are now closed.

About the Fellowship

Every year CISR offers a fellowship to a JMU senior, graduate student or recent graduate (within one year of graduation). The Frasure-Kruzel-Drew Memorial Fellowship for Humanitarian Demining is a paid position with the U.S. Department of State, Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement (DoS/PM/WRA). The fellowship was established in 1999 to raise awareness among the American people about landmine contamination around the world and U.S. government efforts to address the problem.

In 2013, the fellowship program was expanded to a two-year, career-development opportunity. The fellowship retained its name and meaning as a memorial, but offers a longer-term plan for personal and professional development. Each year, a new “Junior Fellow” will be selected from the pool of applicants. At the end of the first year of the fellowship, the Junior Fellow will become the Senior Fellow (see discussion of differentiated job responsibilities below) for the second year of the program.

The fellowship will tentatively run from July 1, 2016–June 30, 2018.

  • Year one as Junior Fellow:  Approximately July 2015 – June 2017
  • Year two as Senior Fellow:  Approximately July 2017 – June 2018

Note: The selected student must qualify for a SECRET security clearance. Clearance guidelines are strict and past drug use, including marijuana, can be grounds for rejection or significant delay. Actual start date of the fellowship depends on when security clearance is received. 

To read more about the fellowship, see the JMU news article from October 2012 and article from The Journal of ERW and Mine Action, Issue 14.2, Summer 2010. Also read what past fellows have written about their experiences.

The fellowship is named in honor of Ambassador Robert C. FrasureDr. Joseph J. Kruzel and Colonel Samuel Nelson Drew who lost their lives in an August 1995 automobile accident in Bosnia and Herzegovina while on a diplomatic mission to negotiate an end to the conflict there. Their efforts were among the first to help bring peace to the region. This fellowship was created in their honor to perpetuate their legacies of diplomacy, education, and public service. In 2012, the U.S. Department of State hosted a reception with past fellows and the Frasure, Kruzel, and Drew families to mark the milestone of 20 individuals having completed the FKD Fellowship. For more information about these honorable public servants, read their biographies on the Arlington National Cemetery website:

Robert C. Frasure:

Joseph J. Kruzel:

Samuel Nelson Drew:

The Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement in the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Political-Military Affairs (PM/WRA) was established in 1998 and supports the mission of the U.S. Conventional Weapons Destruction Program. The Program has assisted more than 90 countries since its inception, and PM/WRA works closely with other U.S. government agencies such as the Department of Defense, U.S. Agency for International Development, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. PM/WRA helps direct U.S. policy on landmines, unexploded ordnance (UXO), abandoned ordnance (AO), small arms/light weapons (SA/LW), and MANPADS (Man-Portable Air Defense Systems).

In the first year of the two-year fellowship program, the Junior Fellow will assist the resource/grants management team in PM/WRA, gaining an overview of how the office operates and supports conventional weapons destruction (CWD) programs around the world. In the second year, the Junior Fellow will become the Senior Fellow and be expected to build off this knowledge base and begin supporting the program management team at PM/WRA in overseeing portfolios of CWD programs. The two-year process will include opportunities to be exposed to the breadth of DoS and USG activities in post-conflict communities and thus is oriented toward developing fellows’ careers.

During the entire experience, fellows will serve as assistants to PM/WRA staff and have a variety of support responsibilities. These might include writing official blog posts and assisting with publications; conducting issue research; preparing presentations and talking points; organizing WRA-hosted conferences; processing grant documents; and traveling on program assessment visits. Recently, the fellows have also assisted in organizing and managing budgets, strategic planning, and speaking on behalf of PM/WRA.

Aside from being one of the few fellowship opportunities at the State Department that is paid, it is the only one of its kind that allows the fellow the possibility to travel. Past fellows have traveled to places such as Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Cambodia, Colombia, Djibouti, El Salvador, Guinea-Bissau, Honduras, Israel, Jordan, Laos PDR, Mozambique, Peru, Senegal, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Thailand, Vietnam and the West Bank.

Note: While many past fellows have had the opportunity to travel as part of their fellowship experience, travel is not guaranteed and is subject to approval and availability of funds.


Submit your resume, along with the completed application form, unofficial undergraduate and graduate transcripts (as applicable), and three letters of recommendation, to the CISR Fellowship Coordinator at the address below. Please note: Application form contains detailed instructions that must be followed for all materials in order for application to be considered. All materials must be delivered to the Fellowship Coordinator before the deadline.


Application being mailed via US POSTAL SERVICE should be addressed to: CISR Fellowship Coordinator, JMU MSC 4902, 800 South Main St., Harrisonburg, VA, 22807

Applications being delivered via FED EX, UPS or hand delivery should be addressed to: CISR Fellowship Coordinator, James Madison University, Wilson Hall, Suite 113, 951 Madison Dr., Harrisonburg, VA, 22807


Where will the fellow work? U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C.
What are the dates of the fellowship? July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2017 (tentative)
Is this fellowship a paid position? Yes! The pay starts at approximately $18.00 per hour.
How many hours will I work per week? The fellowship schedule is based on a 40-hour workweek.
Does the position provide health insurance? Yes, health insurance and other benefits are included with this full-time position. 
Will I earn credit hours? Yes! You can earn internship credit toward your degree program. 
Who is eligible to apply? All JMU students and recent graduates (within one year of graduation) are eligible to apply. Preference will be given to seniors, graduate students, and recent graduates. 
By when must I submit my application packet? We must have your complete application packet delivered in hard copy before 5:00 pm on Friday, November 7, 2014
When will I know if I've been selected for an interview? 

Applications will be reviewed in November. Selected interviewees will be contacted in early December, with interviews scheduled for mid-December (before JMU's Winter Break). The interviews are held at the CISR offices and include participation by DoS PM/WRA officials. The selected fellow and two alternates will be named shortly thereafter.

If you have questions:

Contact: CISR Fellowship Coordinator
Phone: 540 568 5705
Fax Number: 540 568 8176
Mailing Address
(for U.S. Postal Service) 
CISR Fellowship Coordinator
James Madison University
800 S. Main Street, MSC 4902
Harrisonburg, Virginia, 22807 / USA 
Physical Address 
(for hand delivery or UPS/Fed Ex) 

CISR Fellowship Coordinator
James Madison University
Wilson Hall, Suite 113
951 Madison Dr.
Harrisonburg, VA 22807 / USA