Research Fellowships in Cyber Strategy and Policy

The Center for Cyber Strategy and Policy (CCSP) at the University of Cincinnati is pleased to announce the opening of applications for Pre- and Post-Doctoral Research Fellowships in Cyber Strategy and Policy.  The 10-13-month appointments can begin July 1, 2021 or August 1, 2021.  There are two positions available.


The CCSP Research Fellows will join a national team of researchers focused on examining aspects of a Whole-Of-Nation-Plus approach to cybersecurity. CCSP is examining the range of challenges that must be managed in linking intergovernmental coordination, public-private sector alignment, and a citizenry engaged in support of better cybersecurity, while adding the “plus” of alignment with allied governments, industry, and citizens. The specific research interest of the applicants is open relative to any aspect related to advancing strategy, policy, regulatory, operational, or technical aspects that contribute to a WON+ approach.

Fellows are expected to devote some portion of their time to one of two collaborative research projects: One, on cyber industrial policy that rests on a partnership with the Center for Embedded secure Systems and Trust (CHEST) a NSF-IUCRC project directed at the University of Cincinnati involving seven universities with national industry partners. CCSP will be examining CHEST research in the context of cyber industrial policy development.  The second track of CCSP collaborative research will involve focus on state-level cyber security capacity and intergovernmental coordination leveraging our strong partnership with the Ohio National Guard and the Ohio Civilian Cyber Reserve.

Fellows will be provided the intellectual community support to contribute to the CCSP's research activities as well as work on—in the case of pre-dissertation fellows—advancing their doctoral dissertation or post-doctoral fellows advancing their publication agenda. All fellows are expected to be in residence for the duration of their fellowship contingent on Covid health campus policy. CCSP offers nationally competitive stipend levels and the benefit of relatively lower living costs than found on the East and West coasts.

A Multi-Disciplinary Research Environment

The Research Fellows will be supported by the Center for Cyber Strategy and Policy, which draws on a multidisciplinary set of researchers from political science, information technology, computer engineering, and computer science affiliated with the Ohio Cyber Range Institute at the University of Cincinnati. The OCRI and CCSP are organized around the proposition that cyber security is not a technical problem, but rather is a political, economic, social, organizational, and educational challenge in a technically fluid environment. The CCSP Research Fellowships are open to applicants from multiple backgrounds including the fields of strategic studies, international relations, national and foreign policy studies, law, political science, computing sciences or related professional experience gained as employees of government, military, international, humanitarian, and private research institutions in related fields.

The University of Cincinnati is one of only 18 universities in the country to hold both the National Security Agency’s Center of Excellence designations in both Cyber Defense and Cyber Operations. Cyber Defense is anchored in UC’s School of IT, Cyber Operations in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, along with CHEST, and the Center for Cyber Strategy and Policy in the School of Public and International Affairs. These four Centers contribute through disciplinary and multidisciplinary research to the overall OCRI ecosystem that includes 11 academic institutions across the state of Ohio as regional programming centers. 

Essential Functions

  • Engage in and contribute to the research projects of CCSP

Minimum Qualifications and Requirements

Applicants for pre-doctoral fellowships must be in a doctoral program, have passed general examinations prior to appointment. Applications for postdoctoral research fellowships are welcome from recent recipients of the Ph.D. or equivalent relevant degree, university faculty members, and employees of government, military, international, humanitarian, and private research institutions who have relevant professional experience.

Required Experience

  • In-depth knowledge of specialized field, process or discipline.

University Job Posting and Application Process

 Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis with preference to those submitted by February 22, 2021. Applications must be submitted online via this link with the following components:

  • Completion of the electronic employment application form
  • Cover Letter (two page max)
  • Statement of research interests/project(s) (1200 words max)
  • Current CV/ Resume
  • Additionally, 2 letters of recommendation should be sent separately to with subject line: Recommendation for (name) CCSP Fellows

Physical Requirements / Work Environment

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The University of Cincinnati, as a multi-national and culturally diverse university, is committed to providing an inclusive, equitable and diverse place of learning and employment. As part of a complete job application you will be asked to include a Contribution to Diversity and Inclusion statement.

As a UC employee, and an employee of an Ohio public institution, if hired you will not contribute to the federal Social Security system, other than contributions to Medicare. Instead, UC employees have the option to contribute to a state retirement plan (OPERS, STRS) or an alternative retirement plan (ARP).

The University of Cincinnati is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer / Minority / Female / Disability / Veteran.


Questions about this research fellowship program can be directed to Stephanie Ellis, CCSP Program Coordinator at