Skip to main content

McCain Institute National Security Fellowship Seeks Five Eyes Applicants

Click HERE to apply online before Sunday, August 20, 2023

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The McCain Institute at Arizona State University is now accepting applications for the fourth cohort of its National Security & Counterterrorism Fellowship. This fellowship brings together the most promising character-driven young leaders in the national security community of Five Eyes (FVEY) nations – Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

As part of the McCain Institute’s mission to advance democracy, human dignity, and security, the National Security & Counterterrorism Fellowship creates an enduring international network of national security decision-makers by linking fellows with peers and colleagues across the Five Eyes partner nations.

“America and our Five Eyes partners face a multitude of challenges, and we need our next generation of national security leaders to be ready for them,” said McCain Institute Executive Director Dr. Evelyn Farkas. “We are proud to work with the talented men and women who participate in the National Security & Counterterrorism Fellowship and steward this growing network of professionals across Washington, Canberra, London, Ottawa, and Wellington.”

The NSCT Fellowship was designed by Nicholas Rasmussen, who has brought a wealth of national security expertise and networks to the program. He was previously the executive director of the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism (GIFCT), the director of the U.S. National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) from 2014 – 2017, and a former White House senior counterterrorism official under Presidents Bush and Obama.

Executed in partnership with the National Security College of the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra, the 2024 program will feature meetings with senior leaders at key government agencies, briefings with top journalists covering counterterrorism, and innovative leadership training with premier scholars and national security practitioners.

“This program is an exceptional opportunity for aspiring national security leaders. The National Security College at The Australian National University is proud to partner with the McCain Institute to share Australian perspectives and help strengthen this growing network of emerging leaders across our Five Eyes partners” said Professor Rory Medcalf AM, Head of the ANU National Security College.

The 2022-2023 cohort includes 15 fellows from agencies such as the Australian Federal Police in Canberra; the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet in New Zealand; the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and Home Office in London; and the United States Department of State, Federal Bureau of Investigation and National Counterterrorism Center in Washington, DC; and more.

“The McCain Institute’s NSCT Fellowship fosters a unique environment where FVEY partners can come together, learn from each other, and forge relationships. After completing only the DC module, I returned to my day job with more perspective on the future of counterterrorism and national security and a clearer understanding of my place within the broader community,” said Audrey Alexander, 2021-2022 NSCT Fellow.

Programming for the upcoming cohort will include in-person engagements in Washington, D.C., London, and Canberra.

For more information, or to apply, click HERE. The application deadline is Sunday, August 20, 2023.

About the McCain Institute at Arizona State University
The McCain Institute is a nonpartisan organization inspired by Senator John McCain and his family’s dedication to public service. We are part of Arizona State University and based in Washington, D.C. Our programs advance democracy and human rights, empower character-driven leaders, combat human trafficking, and prevent targeted violence. Our unique power to convene leaders across the global political spectrum enables us to make a real impact on the world’s most pressing challenges. Our goal is action, not talk, and like Senator McCain, we are fighting to create a free, safe, and just world for all.

About Arizona State University
Arizona State University has developed a new model for the American research university, creating an institution that is committed to access, excellence and impact. ASU measures itself by those it includes, not by those it excludes. As the prototype for a New American University, ASU pursues research that contributes to the public good, and ASU assumes major responsibility for the economic, social and cultural vitality of the communities that surround it.

Publish Date
June 23, 2023