Frasure-Kruzel-Drew Memorial Fellowship at the U.S. Department of State


$20.00/hour starting plus optional benefits

Hours per week

40 hours/week



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2201 C Street Northwest
District of Columbia
United States


The Frasure-Kruzel-Drew Memorial Fellowship is a paid, full-time, two-year career development opportunity sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement (PM/WRA) and administered by the Center for International Stabilization and Recovery (CISR). The selected fellows will serve in PM/WRA’s Washington, D.C. office and gain valuable experience in managing international security and humanitarian assistance-related programs while having a meaningful impact on these programs throughout their two-year term.

PM/WRA manages the U.S. Conventional Weapons Destruction (CWD) program, which includes an array of assistance activities that enhance U.S. national security, protect civilian populations from the dangers posed by conventional arms, assist victims of conflict, and facilitate economic development. CWD encompasses small arms/light weapons (SA/LW) destruction and stockpile management programs, as well as humanitarian mine action (HMA) assistance. Through these activities, PM/WRA reduces the dangers posed by at-risk, illicitly-proliferated, and indiscriminately-used conventional weapons. PM/WRA has provided over $3.2 billion in assistance to more than 100 countries since 1993.

Two new FKD Fellows are selected annually from a competitive group of college seniors, graduate students or recent graduates (within one year of graduation). Both of the selected candidates serve within PM/WRA’s Resource Management Division, learning the fundamentals of foreign assistance, grants, and contract management and the CWD program. At the start of the second year, the fellows will rotate to PM/WRA’s Program Management Division, to gain hands-on experience managing CWD projects around the globe. Throughout the two-year term, the fellows will publicly promote CWD successes by authoring materials for State Department websites and social media outlets, drafting newsletters, and conducting speaking engagements.

The FKD Memorial Fellowship was established in 1999, originally to raise awareness among the American people about landmine contamination around the world and U.S. government efforts to address the problem. Since then, the fellowship has expanded with PM/WRA’s mission into other conventional weapons destruction activities, including SA/LW stockpile destruction and security. The fellowship is named in memory of Ambassador Robert C. Frasure, Dr. Joseph J. Kruzel and Colonel Samuel Nelson Drew who lost their lives in an August 1995 automobile accident in Bosnia and Herzegovina while on a diplomatic mission to negotiate peace.This fellowship was created in their honor to perpetuate their legacies of diplomacy, education, and public service.

The next FKD fellowship will run from July 1, 2019–June 30, 2021.

International Travel: International travel is likely during the course of the two-year program, particularly during the second year. Past fellows have traveled to places such as Angola, Burkina-Faso, Colombia, Kosovo, Laos, Peru, Romania, Senegal, Switzerland and Zimbabwe. While past fellows have had the opportunity to travel as part of their fellowship experience, travel is not guaranteed and is subject to PM/WRA management approval and availability of funds. 

Eligibility: College seniors, graduate students and recent graduates (within one year) from any accredited, four-year institution of higher education in the United States. The selected candidates must qualify for a U.S. SECRET security clearance.

Primary consideration for all applicants will be given to those who have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and who demonstrate the ability to write and communicate well. Attention will also be given to strong reference letters, alignment with career goals, and relevant experiences in and out of the classroom. All majors are eligible, but applicants should interpret their coursework and experience to the context of this opportunity.

Deadline for all materials: Thursday, November 8, 2018 before 5:00 p.m. EST


Health insurance, retirement benefits, public transit subsidy, and other employee benefits are available with this full-time position.

How To Apply

To Apply: visit and download the application. All materials due in hard copy at the CISR office before 5:00pm EST.