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Commandant of the Marine Corps Fellows

CMC Fellows and CMC National Fellows are selected annually via the Top Level School (TLS) or Commandant's Professional Intermediate-Level Education Board (CPIB/ILS) selection processes under purview of DC M&RA. Senior CMC Fellows are post-TLS assignments coordinated by Manpower Management Officer Assignments (MMOA).

Fellows are assigned for 10-12 months to academic institutions, businesses/corporations, the interagency, or policy think tanks where they interface with other military fellows, academics, and government or corporate/political leaders. Developmental opportunities span strategic, national, and international relations as the fellows represent the Department of Defense, generally, and the CMC/Marine Corps, specifically, in various forums. Unless otherwise noted Fellows will be granted service level TLS or ILS credit, but do not receive JPME credit. Fellows are required to write a research paper or thesis related to their field of study or, as appropriate, on a topic of their selection as approved by the President, Marine Corps University.

Senior CMC Fellows assignments are:

                         

Council on Foreign Relations

  • Post command and post TLS Colonel, Annual fill
  • Nominated by the CMC and selected by the CFR
  • Research focuses on national security and international relations, and fellows provide other members of the council with insight into military matters.
  • Fellows work from the Council's headquarters in New York, NY from Aug to Jun.
  • Council on Foreign Relations

Brookings

  • Senior CMC Fellow - Lieutenant Colonel
  • Annual fill
  • Brookings is a public policy think tank located in Washington, D.C.
  • Research is conducted from Aug to Jun on the future of U.S. Defense policy.
  • Brookings

Center for a New American Security

  • Senior CMC Fellow - Lieutenant Colonel
  • Annual fill
  • CNAS is a public policy think tank located in Washington, D.C.
  • Research is conducted from Aug to Jun on national security matters.
  • CNAS
 

Center for Strategic International Studies

The Atlantic Council

  • The Atlantic Council of the United States , based in Washington, D.C., conducts research in foreign affairs, particularly focusing on the role of the Atlantic community in promoting peace, security, and development.
  • The fellowship runs from Aug to Jun.
  • The Atlantic Council
 

CMC Fellows (TLS) assignments are:

Department of Homeland Security

Department of Justice

Department of State

US Institute of Peace

Hoover Institution  (Stanford)

  • The Hoover Institution at Stanford University is a public policy research center which focuses on politics, economics, and international affairs.
  • This fellowship runs from Aug to Jun in Stanford, CA.
  • Hoover Institution - Stanford University

International Security Studies Program (Yale)

Kennedy School (Harvard)

  • Lieutenant Colonel
  • Members of this fellowship spend from August to June studying, and conducting research at Harvard's JFK School of Government, in Cambridge, MA.
  • Research focuses on international relations and national security policy.
  • Harvard Kennedy School

Logistics Fellows 

  • The Logistics Fellowship, at Penn State University in State College, PA, is a program of instruction in logistics and supply chain management.
  • Program runs from Aug to Jun.
  • There are two seats available for this fellowship: one selected by the TLS Board, and the other by the ILS Board.
  • TLS and ILS credit will not be granted.
  • Penn State - SMEAL College of Business

Lincoln Laboratory (MIT)

  • Students perform thesis research, take courses in national security management, work full time in a laboratory group that specializes in areas that complement the officers' careers.
  • Located at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • The fellowship runs from Aug to Jun.
  • MIT Lincoln Laboratory
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School of Advanced International Studies (Johns Hopkins)

  • Lieutenant Colonel
  • From Aug to Jun fellows study issues of national security at the SAIS campus in Washington, D.C.
  • Earn a Master's Degree in International Public Policy.
  • Johns Hopkins

Secretary of Defense Executive Fellows

  • Lieutenant Colonels
  • Fellows are paired with a major American Corporation from June to June to conduct research on a topic of relevance to the Marine Corps.
  • Corporation assignments change annually.
  • Past fellows have been placed at companies such as Microsoft; Johnson & Johnson; and Union Pacific Railroad.
  • Secretary of Defense Executive Fellows

                   

Security Studies Program (MIT)

  • The Security Studies Program at MIT is a research and education program focusing on the integration of technical and political analysis of national and international security problems.
  • This fellowship runs from Aug to Jun in Cambridge, MA.
  • MIT SSP - Security Studies Program

US Agency for International Development

  • Fellows serve in the Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA).
  • Located in Washington, D.C.
  • This fellowship runs from Aug to Jun
  • USAID Fellowships

CMC Fellows (ILS) assignments are:

Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

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  • Located in Washington, D.C.
  • The fellowship runs from Aug to Jun.
  • DARPA

Tufts University

  • Two Active Duty Majors each year.
  • The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University in Medford, MA instructs students on international law and issues of diplomacy. Classes will run from Aug to Jun.
  • Foreign language proficiency is a prerequisite.
  • Selected by ILS Board, but ILS credit is not granted.
  • Masters of Arts Degree will be awarded.
  • Tufts University

Logistics Fellows 

  • The Logistics Fellowship, at Penn State University in State College, PA, is a program of instruction in logistics and supply chain management.
  • Program runs from Aug to Jun.
  • There are two seats available for this fellowship: one selected by the TLS Board, and the other by the ILS Board.
  • TLS and ILS credit will not be granted.
  • Penn State - SMEAL College of Business

US Chamber of Commerce

  • Fellows embed themselves in various departments  within the US Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C. in order to assist and enable in the writing and implementing of policies and procedures that affect American businesses at home and abroad.
  • Program runs from summer to summer.
  • Fellows write a thesis on a topic of their choice.
  • US Chamber of Commerce 

 

FedEx Express

  • Exciting opportunity to work within the US logistics industry.
  • Located in Memphis, Tennessee
  • This fellowship runs from summer to summer.
  • FedEx Corporation

 

 

 

US Agency for International Development

  • One Active Duty and one USMCR Major
  • Fellows serve in the Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA).
  • Located in Washington, D.C.
  • This fellowship runs from Aug to Jun
  • USAID Fellowships

 

Morgan Stanley

  • Exciting opportunity to learn more about the cyber field. 
  • MOS 0602 Major completes a utilization tour at MARFORCYBER following the fellowship
  • Located in New York, New York
  • This fellowship runs from summer to summer.
  • Morgan Stanley
 

Other fellowship opportunities:

Congressional Fellows

  • Managed by the HQMC Office of Legislative Affairs (OLA)
  • Fellows work for a Congressman on either the House or Senate Armed Service Committee.
  • Congressional Fellowships
  • Contact OLA at (703) 641-1686.

 

MIT Seminar XXI

  • This program is for Marines and senior civilian officials located in the National Capitol Region.
  • Participants will attend weekly lectures in the Washington, D.C. area.
  • Lectures cover a broad range of topics in foreign politics and international relations.
  • The program runs from Sep to May.
  • Seminar XXI

White House Fellows

  • Applications are submitted directly to the White House, and are selected by the Commission on White House Fellows.
  • Officers of the grade of 1st Lieutenant to Colonel are eligible for the program.
  • Fellows will work under high level officials in the Executive department such as the Vice-President, Cabinet Secretaries, and White House Staff.
  • Fellowship runs from Sep to Sep.
  • White House Fellows

References

Top Level School

MARADMIN 626/18 ACADEMIC YEAR (AY) 19-20 TOP LEVEL SCHOOL (TLS) SELECTION BOARD ANNOUNCEMENT

MARADMIN 712/18 ACADEMIC YEAR (AY) 19-20 TOP LEVEL SCHOOL (TLS) SELECTION BOARD RESULTS

Intermediate Level School

MARADMIN 312/18 FY19 COMMANDANTS PROFESSIONAL INTERMEDIATE-LEVEL EDUCATION BOARD ANNOUNCEMENT

MARADMIN 682/18 FY19 COMMANDANTS PROFESSIONAL INTERMEDIATE-LEVEL EDUCATION BOARD (CPIB) RESULTS

Career Level School

MARADMIN 314/18 FY19 COMMANDANTS CAREER-LEVEL EDUCATION BOARD ANNOUNCEMENT

MARADMIN 681/18 FY19 COMMANDANTS CAREER-LEVEL EDUCATION BOARD (CCLEB) RESULTS