Applications for the 2021–2023 Frasure-Kruzel-Drew Fellowship recruitment cycle are closed. Information regarding the next Fellowship recruitment cycle will be available in late August 2021. Follow CISR on social media for updates.

What is the Frasure-Kruzel-Drew Memorial Fellowship?

michael-tirre-2.jpgThe Frasure-Kruzel-Drew Memorial Fellowship is a paid, full-time, two-year career development opportunity sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement (PM/WRA) and administered by the Center for International Stabilization and Recovery (CISR). The selected fellows will serve in PM/WRA’s Washington, D.C. office and gain valuable experience in managing international security and humanitarian assistance-related programs.

The FKD Memorial Fellowship was established in 1999, originally to raise awareness among the American people about landmine contamination around the world and U.S. government efforts to address the problem. Since then, the fellowship has expanded with PM/WRA’s mission into other conventional weapons destruction activities, including SA/LW stockpile destruction and security. The fellowship is named in memory of Ambassador Robert C. Frasure, Dr. 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 peace.This fellowship was created in their honor to perpetuate their legacies of diplomacy, education, and public service.

What Is the Office of Weapons Remove and Abatement at the U.S. Department of State (PM/WRA)?

PM/WRA manages the U.S. Conventional Weapons Destruction (CWD) program, which includes an array of assistance activities that enhance U.S. national security, protect civilian populations from the dangers posed by conventional arms, assist victims of conflict, and facilitate economic development. CWD encompasses small arms/light weapons (SA/LW) destruction and stockpile management programs, as well as humanitarian mine action (HMA) assistance. Through these activities, PM/WRA works around the world to deliver programs and services aimed at reducing the harmful effects of at-risk, illicitly proliferated, and indiscriminately used conventional weapons of war, and funds the clearance of landmines and other explosive remnants of war in communities recovering from conflict. The United States is the world’s leading financial supporter of CWD programs, providing more than $3.7 billion in assistance to more than 100 countries since 1993.

Fellowship Recruitment and the Application Process:

The next FKD fellowships will tentatively run from July 1, 2021–June 30, 2023.

  • Year 1 as Resource Management Fellows: Approximately July 2021 – June 2022
  • Year 2 as Program Management Fellows: Approximately July 2022 – June 2023

Eligibility: College seniors, graduate students and recent graduates (within one year) from any accredited, four-year institution of higher education in the United States.

Two fellows will be selected. One selected fellow will be from among James Madison University (JMU) only, and one selected fellow will be from a different institution.

Primary consideration for all applicants will be given to those who have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and who demonstrate the ability to write and communicate well. Attention will also be given to strong reference letters, alignment with career goals, and relevant experiences in and out of the classroom. All majors are eligible, but applicants should interpret their coursework and experience to the context of this opportunity.

The selected candidates must qualify for a U.S. SECRET security clearance. The target fellowship start date is July 1, 2021, though the actual start date of each fellowship depends on when security clearance is received.

To Apply: Please download the application form above, read the instructions thoroughly, fill out completely, sign and return the original hard copy with ink signature via postal mail along with all required supporting documents to arrive at the address provided on the application instructions before the deadline.

Deadline: Thursday, November 12, 2020 before 5:00 p.m. EST

NOTE: The deadline is not a “postmarked by” deadline. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.
What Is the FKD Fellowship Experience?

“During the fellowship … [I] knew that my work contributed to improving lives around the world … from Bosnia and Herzegovina to Burkina Faso. My time as a FKD Fellow has truly been an experience I will remember for the rest of my life.” – FKD Fellow 2015–17

“Located in Washington D.C., it is easy to immerse yourself in the international community and develop a strong network.”– FKD Fellow 2014–15

Read more about past FKD Fellow experiences

Fellowship Duties: In the first year of the two-year fellowship program, fellows will assist the Resource Management Division in PM/WRA, gaining an overview of how the office operates and manages CWD programs around the world, and hone their business skills negotiating grants, contracts, and other agreements for CWD implementation. In the second year, fellows build off this knowledge base by assisting PM/WRA’s Program Management Division with overseeing CWD projects in various countries. The two-year experience will expose the fellows to the breadth of DoS and USG activities to reduce threats associated with conventional arms stockpiles and assist post-conflict communities, and thus is oriented toward developing fellows’ careers.

Fellows will assist PM/WRA staff with 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. It will also afford fellows the opportunity to engage with senior State Department officials and learn more about the Department’s mission and inner workings, as well as speak with foreign government officials and represent PM/WRA abroad.

International Travel: International travel is likely during the course of the two-year program, particularly during the second year. Past fellows have traveled to places such as Angola, Burkina-Faso, Colombia, Kosovo, Laos, Peru, Romania, Senegal, Switzerland and Zimbabwe. While past fellows have had the opportunity to travel as part of their fellowship experience, travel is not guaranteed and is subject to PM/WRA management approval, possible travel restrictions, and the availability of funds.


Where will the fellows work?

U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C.

What are the dates of the fellowships?

July 1, 2021 - June 30, 2023

Is this fellowship a paid position?

Yes! The pay starts at approximately $21.00 per hour and may be subject to increase for the second year pending approval and availability of funds.

How many hours will I work per week?

The fellowship schedule is based on a 40-hour workweek in a Federal Government office.

Does the position provide health insurance?

Yes, health insurance, public transit subsidy, and other employee benefits are available with this full-time position. 

When will I know if I have been selected for an interview?

Applications will be reviewed in November 2020. Interviews will be scheduled for early December 2020. Interviews will include participation by DOS officials and CISR staff. The selected fellows and alternates will be named shortly thereafter.

Can I still apply if I am currently abroad, out of state, or will be so during the interview period?


What if I an overseas and the mail is not reliable? 

Applicant must contact the CISR Fellowship Coordinator ( as soon as possible before the deadline to seek alternate arrangements. 

Do I need to be a U.S. Citizen to apply? 

Once selected, each candidate must be able to qualify for a U.S. SECRET security clearance. For more information on security clearance requirements, see the DoS Security Clearance FAQs.

If You Have Questions:


CISR Fellowship Coordinator Brenna Matlock

Email (preferred):

Mailing address:

Please see mailing information on application.

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