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Commandant of the Marine Corps Fellowships 


Olmsted foundation Scholars, and foreign PME

The Commandant of the Marine Corps Fellowship, Olmsted Foundation Scholars, and Foreign PME programs are managed for the CMC by Marine Corps University. Participants for these programs are selected by Manpower Management Officer Assignment (MMOA) on the annual Top Level Schools (TLS) or Intermediate Schools (ILS) boards. In the case of Olmsted Scholars, applicants are screened by MMOA with final selection by the Olmsted Foundation. Once selections for all programs are made, program management becomes the responsibility of MCU.

The MCU/program manager for CMC Fellows, Olmsted Scholars, and Foreign PME can be contacted at (703) 432-0696 / DSN 378-0696.

  • The MMOA-3 TLS and ILS board information contact (703)784-9284.
  • The MMOA-5 for Olmsted Scholar applications and screenings contact (703) 784-9286.
  • The Office of Legislative Affairs for Congressional Fellows point of contact (703) 641-1686.

CMC Fellows

All CMC Fellows are selected by MMOA at the TLS or ILS Selection Board. 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.

CMC Fellows assignments are:

Council on Foreign Relations

  • Research will focus on national security and international relations, and fellows will provide other members of the council with insight into military matters.
  • Fellows will work from the Council’s headquarters in New York, NY from August to June.
  • Applicants must be a post command, post TLS Colonel.
  • Council on Foreign Relations

Johns Hopkins / School of Advanced International Studies

  • From August to June fellows will study issues of national security at the SAIS campus in Washington, D.C.
  • Earn a Masters Degree in International Public Policy.
  • Johns Hopkins


  • Brookings is a public policy think tank located in Washington, D.C.
  • Research is conducted from August to June on the future of U.S. Defense policy.
  • Brookings

Harvard Kennedy School

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

Center for Strategic International Studies

Secretary of Defense Corporate Fellows

  • Fellows are paired with a major American Corporation from June to June to conduct research on a topic of relevance to the Marine Corps.
  • Past fellows have been placed at companies such as 3M, CNN/Time Warner, Cisco Systems, IBM, and Pfizer.
  • Secretary of Defense Corporate Fellows

Tufts University

  • 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 August to June.
  • Prior foreign language skills required.
  • Selected by ILS Board, but ILS credit is not granted.
  • Masters of Arts Degree will be awarded.
  • Tufts University

MIT SSP - Security Studies Program

  • 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 August to June in Cambridge, MA.
  • MIT SSP - Security Studies Program

Hoover Institution - Stanford University

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

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.
  • New for AY 08-09.
  • The Atlantic Council

Penn State - SMEAL College of Business

  • 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 August to June.
  • 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

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 September to September.
  • White House Fellows

Congressional Fellowships

  • Congressional Fellows are managed by the Office of Legislative Affairs.
  • Fellows work for a Congressman on either the House or Senate Armed Service Committee.
  • Congressional Fellowships

Office of the Director of National Intelligence

  • The ODNI Fellowship places fellows at the highest levels of the intelligence community.
  • To be selected applicants must be willing to submit to a CI Polygraph exam.
  • The ODNI Fellowship is a new program which is beginning in AY 2008-09.
  • Office of the Director of National Intelligence

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 September to May.
  • Seminar XXI