Sustainability is one of our core values. Therefore the Alperovitch Institute will train not just the next generation of cross-sector leaders, but also the next generation of interdisciplinary educators and scholars in cybersecurity policy.

The Alperovitch Fellowship – an endowed Ph.D. fellowship that will provide financial aid and support for students pursuing a Ph.D. with a cybersecurity policy concentration. We encourage prospective PhD students to get in touch with our team and to apply to the SAIS PhD program.

Alperovitch PhD Fellowships

The Alperovitch Institute for Cybersecurity Studies is looking for applications for our next class of Alperovitch Fellows, the Institute’s PhD program, for enrollment in full-time study in Fall 2024.

PhD candidates in this program will produce original research at the intersection of cybersecurity and international affairs. The program is situated at Johns Hopkins SAIS and welcomes collaborations across all Hopkins divisions.

One key component of the Alperovitch Fellowship is that our PhD candidates become part of a vibrant and focused research community. The number of cybersecurity-focused PhD students will increase to 8 during the start-up phase. This select group of students will interact with our core team and take part in the Institute’s regular research seminar.

Dr. Thomas Rid will serve as the PhD advisor for the initial class of Alperovitch Fellows. The Alperovitch Fellowship provides full tuition and a competitive annual living stipend for up to four years of study, plus health insurance.

Applicants for this program should submit their materials through SAIS’s regular PhD applications portal. Applicants should note in their Personal Statement their interest in the Alperovitch Fellowship.

The most important aspect of the Alperovitch application is a concise research proposal (For applicants to the Alperovitch Fellowship, please submit your 1000-word research proposal here, in lieu of the 600-word Dissertation Topic. Unsuccessful applicants for the Alperovitch Fellowship may still be considered for a position in the SAIS PhD program, using this 1000-word research proposal for consideration as the Dissertation Topic.). ​​Please try to articulate a preliminary research question, a short outline of the proposed project, and references to potential primary sources as well as the existing secondary literature on the suggested project.

In addition to the standard SAIS PhD application, candidates for the Alperovitch Fellowship will undergo an interview round.