Leonardo Fellowship

The Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA) is now accepting applications for the 2022 Leonardo Fellowship. This year-long program will bring one rising leader from Italy to Washington, DC to do research, publish analysis, contribute to policy debates, and connect with other experts working on transatlantic security issues. The program is open to Italian citizens who are mid-career analysts or scholars in a social science or related field.

The Leonardo Fellowship program seeks to inject new perspectives into US policy debates on transatlantic strategic issues. It is designed to enable meaningful exchanges between emerging thinkers on both sides of the Atlantic and cultivate the next generation of leaders in Italy and the United States.

This program will provide the selected Fellow opportunities to deepen his/her expertise, sharpen his/her analytical skills, and build his/her substantive portfolio through research projects and publications. Through participation in local events, professional development workshops, and mentorship initiatives from CEPA staff and fellows, the Fellow will be able to expand his/her network, create lasting transatlantic relationships, gain exposure to the Washington policy community, and equip for future career opportunities.

The Fellow will be in residence in Washington DC for the program’s approximately one-year duration beginning in early 2022 (exact start and end dates will be decided pending visa paperwork, travel restrictions, and the public health environment). The Fellow will be expected to commit the majority of their time to this position to meet program requirements.

The Leonardo Fellow will research and produce written analytical content related to CEPA’s Transatlantic Defense and Security workstreams, which include (but are not limited to) defense technology, Mediterranean security, NATO, China, and transatlantic relations. The Fellow would lead and participate in relevant events, conduct briefings and discussions with CEPA Fellows and the organization's wider network of officials and thought leaders, provide media commentary, and speak at engagements in Washington. The Leonardo Fellow will also be paired with a CEPA Fellow who will provide mentorship, research guidance, and feedback, and facilitate integration with CEPA activities as well as other opportunities and connections in Washington.

Summary of Leonardo Fellowship Activities:

  • Publish a short article each month on issues of interest for CEPA’s flagship publication, Europe’s Edge (600-900 words each), to inform the public and transatlantic policy community.
  • Engage in CEPA’s roundtable discussions and lead select public and private events.
  • Provide media commentary and speak at relevant policy engagements across Washington.
  • Receive one-on-one mentorship from an expert in their research field.
  • Engage and network with CEPA staff, experts, officials, industry leaders as part of professional development.
  • Before the end of the Fellowship, produce a policy report (3,000-5,000 words) based on research and analysis conducted during the program, aimed to inform transatlantic policymakers.

Fellowship Stipend

The Leonardo Fellowship offers a monthly stipend of $3,750 USD to support the Fellow’s research and living expenses during their year in the US. In addition to the stipend, CEPA will cover all costs associated with the visa process and provide in-residence office space at CEPA’s headquarters in Washington.


The Leonardo Fellow will be selected through a competitive application process. Applicants must meet the following minimum qualifications to be considered:

  • Provide proof of Italian citizenship.
  • Presently be a mid-career analyst, scholar, or professional in a social science or related field such as international relations, defense, public policy, or history (~7-10 years of experience).
  • Should possess a master’s degree in a relevant field.
  • Demonstrated expertise in the proposed area of research.
  • Exceptional research, writing, and communication skills in English.
  • The ability to work independently as well as part of a team.
  • Proficiency with technology tools and applications including MS Office, Zoom, WebEx, etc., as well as a willingness to learn new systems.
  • Eligibility to acquire a US Visa

How to Apply

Applicants must submit the following documents in English by 11:59 PM (EST) on January 31, 2022, to Gabrielle Moran (gabrielle.moran@cepa.org):

  • Completed Application Form (hyperlink);
  • Resume/CV;
  • 500-word concept paper on a proposed research topic;
  • Brief (1000-word max) academic or professional writing sample; and
  • One academic or professional letter of recommendation. Referees must send signed letters directly to Gabrielle Moran at moran@cepa.org by January 31, 2022.