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 2024-26 fellowship term this summer through the deadline to apply, November 26, 2023. Selection will be made by early 2024. If you have any questions, please contact cpd@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

Jess Carniel
CPD Research Fellow, 20242026
Associate Professor, University of Southern Queensland, Australia
CPD Project: “A Study of the Eurovision Song Contest as an Enabler of Participatory Diplomacy”

Myoung-Gi Chon
CPD Research Fellow, 20242026
Associate Professor, Auburn University
CPD Project: “South Korea’s Soft Power Impact in the United States: Exploring the Influence of K-Culture, Corporate Reputation, and Co-Orientation on Positive Amplification and Resonance”

Alexander Evans
CPD Research Fellow, 20242026
Professor, London School of Economics
CPD Project: "Cyber Public Diplomacy"

Alistair Somerville
CPD Research Fellow, 20232025
Independent Researcher
CPD Project: “The United Nations’ Public Diplomacy in Donor Countries”

Kristin Anabel Eggeling
CPD Research Fellow, 20232025
Assistant Professor, University of Copenhagen
CPD Project: “Diplomatic mimes: Big tech, digital regulation and mimetic diplomatic practice”

Anna Popkova
CPD Research Fellow, 20232025
Associate Professor, Western Michigan University
CPD Project: “Political Dissent as Non-State Public Diplomacy”

Noé Cornago
CPD Research Fellow, 20232025
Associate Professor, University of the Basque Country
CPD Project: “Hegemonic Transition Through Communication? Evolving Narratives and Interplay Between Material and Ideational Elements in USA-China Diplomatic Incidents (1990-2020)”

Kyle Long
CPD Research Fellow, 20222024
Senior Director, Organizational Strategy & Change, Northwestern University
CPD Project: “Greater American Higher Education”

Dmitry Chernobrov
CPD Research Fellow, 20222024
Associate Professor, Department of Journalism Studies, University of Sheffield
CPD Project: "Strategic Humor and Post-Truth Public Diplomacy"

Alina Dolea
CPD Research Fellow, 20222024
Principal Academic in Media, Communication and Politics, Bournemouth University
CPD Project: "Diaspora diplomacy, emotions and disruption" 

Shearon Roberts
CPD Research Fellow, 20212023
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, 20212023
Instructor of Sports Business, University of Oregon
CPD Project: "Sport-Tech Diplomacy in the Tokyo Olympic Games."


To view all CPD Research Fellowship projects, click here.

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