Jennings Randolph Military Fellowship Program

Each year the JR Program welcomes several officers from both the Army and Marines serving in a Senior Service College Fellowship capacity. Officers selected as fellows at USIP have extensive military experience and/or responsibility for civil-military relations Learn more about the work of former Military Fellows [PDF]

photo of jamesChristopher Curtin - Lieutenant Colonel, United States Marine Corps
Lieutenant Colonel Chris Curtin is an active duty United States marine assigned to the U.S. Institute of Peace as a commandant of the marine corps fellow. Lieutenant Colonel Curtin is a field artillery officer with 22 years of service and has commanded at both the company and battalion level. Prior to arriving at USIP Lieutenant Colonel Curtin was an action officer with Pacific Division, Plans Policies & Operations, Headquarters United States Marine Corps. He has deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan as well as Okinawa Japan and the EUCOM/AFRICOM areas of responsibility. Lieutenant Colonel Curtin holds a B.A. in History from Norwich University, an M.A. in National Security Affairs and Strategic Studies from the United States Naval War College and an M.A. in Management and Leadership from Webster University. He also possesses the additional qualification as a foreign security force advisor.

photo of jamesMichael Wagner - Lieutenant Colonel, United States Army
Lieutenant Colonel Michael P. Wagner is the United States Army war college fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace. He began his service as an infantry officer after graduating from the United States Military Academy in 1997. Since that time, LTC Wagner has served in airborne, air assault and mechanized infantry units, including his most recent assignment as the commander of an airborne infantry battalion forward deployed in Europe with the 173rd Airborne Brigade. Mike has deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan, Kosovo and Bosnia, and he has spent almost 5 years stationed in Europe.

LTC Wagner earned a master’s degree focusing on international relations at the Fletcher School at Tufts University before returning to West Point to teach conflict and negotiation as well as international relations in the Department of Social Sciences. LTC Wagner also served as the army military aide to the President of the United States from 2013-2015.

TAPIR Program

The Transatlantic Post-Doc Fellowship for International Relations and Security (TAPIR) Program is open to candidates who have recently received their doctorate in social and political sciences or economics and whose research focuses on topics of international relations and/or international peace and security issues.

Fellowships are granted for a duration of 24 months to prepare Fellows for a career in international policy-oriented research at renowned think tanks and political consulting research institutes. Fellows spend three eight-month stays at institutions participating in the program - at least one on the Eastern and one on the Western side of the Atlantic. The TAPIR fellowship is administered by the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik in Germany. | Visit their website for more information about placements and applying

To find out more about the program, eligibility, the application and selection processes, and contact information, visit TAPIR Program and Application Information.


Past TAPIR Fellows

Dr. Naysan Rafati (2016-2017)
His research topics included Iranian politics and foreign policy. 

Sofía Sebastián (2015-2016)
Her research topics included atrocity prevention and protection of civilians. 

Dominik Tolksdorf (2014)
His research focus was European foreign policy and political developments in the post-Soviet space and the Western Balkans.

Dominik Balthasar (2013-2014)
“State-fragility and the Role of International Actors in Supporting State-building Policies in Somalia and Mali”

Tobias Koepf (2012-2013)
"French, EU, and U.S. Involvement in the Sahel Region and in Côte d’Ivoire"

Claudia Hofmann (2010-2012)
“Peace Negotiations in the Philippines: The Government, the MILF and International NGOs” & “NGOs and Non-State Armed Actors. Improving Compliance with International Norms”

Mateja Peter (2011-2013)
“International Peacebuilding as a Site of Multidirectional Politics: Western Balkans and Beyond”

Sandra Pogodda (2007-2009)
“The Political Economy of Reform Failure and Transatlantic Cooperation in the Middle East”

Judith Vorrath (2010-2012)
“Political Trends in the Africa Great Lakes Region”

Ken Weisbrode (2009-2011)