2023 CNAS Shawn Brimley Next Generation National Security Leaders Fellowship

Washington, District of Columbia, United States | Partially remote


Every year, the Center for a New American Security selects a bipartisan group of 20-25 emerging national security leaders to participate in the Shawn Brimley Next Generation National Security Leaders Fellowship. This year-long, part-time professional development fellowship aims to bring together young professionals across sectors within the national security field to learn best practices and lessons in leadership. Next Gen fellows will have the opportunity to engage with thought leaders on leadership principles and national security challenges through various engagements, including a monthly dinner series. The program culminates in a week-long international study tour to delve deeper into national security issues and leadership. There is no cost to participate in the program, though individuals are responsible for the cost of travel to CNAS for dinners and events. Program dinners will have a dial-in option, but it is highly recommended that fellows attend in person. Please note: in accordance with CNAS COVID-19 policy, programming will continue hybrid until further notice.


To be eligible for the program, applicants must:

  • Be a United States citizen
  • Be between 27 and 35 years old, as of January 1, 2023
  • Have at least four years of professional experience in researching or executing U.S. national security policy
  • Demonstrate a commitment to public service


Please note that applications will be accepted until 11:59 PM EST on Sunday, October 16, 2022. Decisions will be conveyed to all applicants by the end of January 2023.


Complete applications include:

  • An application form (below)
  • Resume and letter of interest (as one PDF with resume first)
  • Nomination letter (submit below, or have nominator email to nextgeneration@cnas.org)


Please note: do not apply through Indeed. 

Incomplete applications will not be considered.


For more information about the program and application, please visit: https://www.cnas.org/next-generation-programs/nextgeneration/frequently-asked-questions

For questions concerning the Next Gen program, please contact nextgeneration@cnas.org