Apply for a 2021-23 CPD Research Fellowship

CPD is now accepting applications for the CPD Research Fellowship, which CPD created in 2009 to support and publicize the work of scholars and practitioners of public diplomacy. Every fall, three non-resident fellows are selected, each serving a two-year term.

CPD Research Fellows will be expected to oversee a substantive research project that will yield at least two outputs, including one publication for the CPD Perspectives on Public Diplomacy series that is due by July 1, 2022. The second output could consist of a series for the CPD Blog, or another type of product that the Fellow develops with the Center. 

CPD welcomes proposals that examine both the historical and contemporary practice of public diplomacy conducted anywhere in the world. The selected candidates will each receive a $2,000 stipend upon successful completion of the fellowship. In addition, the Center will offer research assistance as needed and as available from students in the Master of Public Diplomacy (MPD) program or related degree programs at USC.  Three non-resident fellows will be selected every year, each serving a two-year term.

To apply, please download the application here and submit it to with "ATTN: CPD Research Fellowship Application" in the subject line by November 16, 2020. The results will be announced in the Winter of 2021.

Please note that USC students and faculty are ineligible for the non-resident CPD Research Fellowship.

For a list of current CPD Research Fellowship projects, click here.