Program Assistant, Fellowship Affairs

Job Type

Full Time




58 East 68th St
New York
New York
United States



CFR’s Fellowship Program offers unique opportunities for mid-career professionals focusing on international relations. The program affords fellows the opportunity to broaden their perspective of foreign affairs and to pursue proposed research, with a placement at either CFR or another institution in New York City or Washington, DC. The Program Assistant will work under the direction of the Director and Deputy Director of Fellowship Affairs to help support the wide range of fellowship activities. 

The major responsibilities of this position will include, but are not limited to:

  • Providing administrative support to the Director and Deputy Director of Fellowship Affairs, including scheduling appointments, handling phone calls, making travel arrangements, and drafting correspondence
  • Supporting all marketing and promotion efforts of the fellowship program, including updating fellowship materials and researching new marketing outlets  
  • Assisting with budget management, including monitoring grant information, preparing vouchers for reimbursement, and drafting reports 
  • Coordinating event logistics for information sessions, receptions, and selection committee meetings, helping to prepare materials for distribution, and providing other logistical support
  • Assisting with the processing of fellowship applications
  • Assisting with updating the Fellowship Program’s website
  • Monitoring the email and phone line for the Fellowship Program, including serving as the initial point of contact for applicants, and managing the application process
  • Maintaining fellowship contact database, including updating contact information


  • Bachelor of Arts in International Relations or a related field with high academic credentials
  • A minimum of one year of internship and work experience that includes programming and/or project management experience. Budgetary experience preferred
  • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, as well as ability to multi-task and meet deadlines
  • Excellent writing and communication skills
  • Outstanding professional judgment and demeanor
  • Proven ability to work in a fast-paced environment, both independently and as part of a team
  • Excellent computer and database management  

Professional Level

Entry level

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree