Next Generation National Security Leaders Fellowship

Every year, the Center for a New American Security selects a bipartisan group of 20–25 emerging national security leaders between the ages 27 to 35 to participate in a year-long, part-time professional development fellowship. Now in its ninth year, the Next Generation National Security Leaders Program aims to bring together young professionals from across the national security field for a year of learning best practices and lessons in leadership and management through roundtable discussions with former and current national security leaders, leadership development retreats, staff rides, mentorship, writing opportunities, and an international study tour. Highly selective, the program pulls from emerging leaders from various federal agencies, the military, academia, the media, Capitol Hill, industry, and other national security related positions. 

Through roundtable dinners and various activities, the bipartisan group of emerging analysts and practitioners will work to develop a deeper understanding of U.S. national security interests and policies, as well as leadership principles and best practices. Speakers at past roundtable dinners include Secretary Madeleine Albright, Senator Kelly Ayotte, Fox News anchor Chris Wallace, Lt Gen Jim Clapper, Admiral Mike Mullen, Josh Bolten, General Stanley McChrystal.

In addition to monthly dinners, CNAS Next Generation fellows will have the opportunity to contribute to collaborative writing projects with CNAS experts and their classmates and will be invited to participate in many of the small, invitation-only meetings CNAS hosts throughout the year. Additionally, the Next Gen fellows are invited to a leadership development retreat and an exclusive week-long international study tour as well as several local visits and meetings throughout the year.

The 2018 Next Generation application is now closed. The 2019 application will open in August 2018.

There is no cost to participate in the program, though individuals are responsible for the cost of travel to CNAS for the programs. Unless otherwise stated, all events will take place at CNAS in Washington. Other frequently asked questions about the program and application cycle can be found here.

CNAS thanks Lockheed Martin and the American Express Foundation for its generous support of the program.

Current and Past Next Generation National Security Fellows

Next Gen Class of 2014

Next Gen Class of 2012-2013

Next Gen Class of 2011-2012

Next Gen Class of 2010-2011

Next Gen Class of 2009-2010