About the CPD Research Fellowship Program

In August 2009, the Center launched a new fellowship program designed to support and publicize the work of scholars and practitioners of public diplomacy. Selected from a competitive pool of international applicants by a review committee, the CPD Research Fellows will each oversee a substantive research project that will yield at least two outputs, including one publication for the CPD Perspectives on Public Diplomacy series. The second output could consist of a blog series for the CPD Blog, or another type of product which the Fellow develops with CPD. Three non-resident fellows will be named every year, each serving a two-year term. The selected candidates will each receive a $2,000 stipend awarded at the successful completion of the fellowship.

We will begin accepting applications for the 2022-24 fellowship term this summer through the deadline to apply, November 16, 2021. Selection will be made by early 2022. If you have any questions, please contact CPD Research Associate Sohaela Amiri: soamiri@usc.edu with "ATTN: CPD Research Fellowship Application" in the subject line.

*Please note that USC students and faculty are ineligible for the CPD Research Fellowship.

Current CPD Research Fellows

Elisabeth King
CPD Research Fellow, 2021-2023
Associate Professor of International Education and Politics, New York University
CPD Project: "Symbolic Politics for Peace."

Shearon Roberts
CPD Research Fellow, 2021-2023
Associate Professor of Mass Communication, Xavier University of Louisiana
CPD Project: "City Diplomacy in Advancing Black Racial Solidarity: Opportunities and Implications in the Wake of Social Justice Movements."

Yoav Dubinsky
CPD Research Fellow, 2021-2023
Instructor of Sports Business, University of Oregon
CPD Project: "Sport-Tech Diplomacy in the Tokyo Olympic Games."

Mafalda Dâmaso
CPD Research Fellow, 2019-2021
Visiting Lecturer, King’s College London and Institut Catholique de Paris
CPD Project: "Implementing the EU Strategy for International Cultural Relations – Towards a New Paradigm."

Joel Day
CPD Research Fellow, 2019-2021
Director/Policy Advisor, City of San Diego & Lecturer in Global Policy and Strategy, UCSD
CPD Project: "Peace and Security in the City: Local Leadership in Global Governance."

Ilan Manor
CPD Research Fellow, 2019-2021
University of Oxford scholar and Blogger at digdipblog.com
CPD Project: "Exploring the Semiotics of Public Diplomacy."

Sascha Priewe
CPD Research Fellow, 2019-2021
Associate Vice President, Strategic Initiatives & Partnerships, Royal Ontario Museum’s (ROM)
CPD Project: "Museum Diplomacy: Parsing the Global Engagement of Museums."

Martin Edwards
CPD Research Fellow, 2018-2020
Associate Professor, School of Diplomacy and International Relations, Seton Hall University 
CPD Project: "Twitter Diplomacy and IMF Surveillance - Social Media, Information Dissemination, and the Challenge of Policy Leverage."

Jennifer Hubbert
CPD Research Fellow, 2018-2020
Associate Professor, Anthropology and Asian studies, & chair, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Lewis & Clark College 
CPD Project: "Rescaling Public Diplomacy: City-to-City Engagements and the Shifting Landscapes of International Relations." 

Ian Thomas
CPD Research Fellow, 2018-2020
Head of Evaluation for the Arts, British Council
CPD Project: "Developing an Evaluation Toolbox for Cultural Relations: Evaluating the British Council’s Arts Showcasing Programs Contribution Toward Developing Cultural Relations and Delivering UK Soft Power Outcomes."

Zahid Shahab Ahmed
CPD Research Fellow, 2017-2019
Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalization, Deakin University
CPD Project: "How are Attitudes towards China formed in Pakistan? Analysis of Beijing’s Public Diplomacy in the Context of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor."

Lindsay J. Benstead
CPD Research Fellow, 2017-2019
Associate Professor, Political Science, Portland State University
CPD Project: "Evolving Views of U.S. Foreign Policy among Arab Citizens."

Diana Ingenhoff
CPD Research Fellow, 2017-2019
Professor of Organizational and Strategic Communication, Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences, University of Fribourg
CPD Project: "Developing a 360-degree Integrated Public Diplomacy Evaluation Approach: Analyzing Country Images from Stakeholder and Media Perspectives."


To view all current CPD Research Fellowship projects, click here.

For a list of past CPD Research Fellows, click here.