Program Background

The Applied Research and Information Sharing (ARIS) Academic Partnership Program (APP) is focused on developing mutually beneficial collaborative partnerships. ARIS has built a global network of partners across military, academia, regional organizations, and governmental and nongovernmental organizations. The focus of the collaborative efforts is on addressing the challenges of the 21st century in order to identify innovative and practical recommendations to mitigate negative impacts on our global community. Through research and information exchanges, data informed decision making for policies, plans, and programs is supported.

Purpose Statement

The purpose of the ARIS Academic Partnership Program is to reach out and partner with the global academic community, provide a research opportunity for second semester junior year, Master’s level and post-graduate student participation, and to share information on innovative, relevant and current research concerning civil-military coordination and preparedness for DMHA.

The ARIS Academic Partnership Program is intended to create a beneficial relationship and growth opportunity for ARIS, collaborative partners, and eligible students around the globe. This program will enhance capacity building through information sharing of new ideas and strategies based on the latest data and research.

ARIS Academic Partnership Program Opportunities

Fellowship Programs

Through the ARIS fellowship program, graduate students (who are U.S. citizens) are linked directly with developing operational initiatives and stakeholders to bridge the gap between academia and practice. Participation in the research fellows program allows graduate students an opportunity to work on real-world challenges where their research will be used by planners and decision-makers. All research products will be distributed to relevant stakeholders and well-executed papers will be posted to the CFE-DM website where it can be accessed by the broader community. Up to four (4) fellows will be selected for the fall semester, up to four (4) fellows will be selected for the spring semester and up to two (2) fellows will be selected for the summer session each year.

Download the Fellowship Application for additional information


CFE-DM is an approved practicum/internship site for The American Public University System, School of Security and Global Studies, The University of Hawaii at Manoa, Master of International Affairs-Department of Asian Studies, and The University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine.

Capstone Projects

The CFE-DM hosts graduate student capstone projects where students work with practitioners, planners, and policy-makers to address real-world problems. We have established agreements with multiple universities across the US and internationally. This program is also open to graduate students from other universities who are interested in conducting research related to civil-military coordination and information sharing for DMHA. This fellowship program can be an individual project or team project based on the academic program’s requirements. Capstone projects are hosted throughout the academic year. The CFE supervisor will be available for guidance and clarification, periodic review on work progress, and will approve work for release upon completion. It is incumbent upon the fellow and his/her Academic advisor to present a well-crafted, properly written, edited, and formatted document. The end deliverables include a final report (to be disseminated to stakeholders and may be published on the CFE-DM website), a presentation of key findings to the CFE-DM Director, and an article for the CFE-DM Liaison Magazine (if possible).

USINDOPACOM Summer Fellowships

The United States Indo-Pacific Command (INDOPACOM) Fellowships encompass the opportunity for undergraduate (second semester juniors and above) and graduate students to undertake fellowships throughout INDOPACOM offices to include CFE-DM. Once selected and approved, fellows are expected to serve 40 hours per week for a minimum of 10 weeks. Activities may include command or staff directed research, support to conferences and seminars, and preparation of normal staff products such as information papers, decision papers, and executive summaries. Fellows are expected to attend academic development events and INDOPACOM arranges additional opportunities for students to learn about professional opportunities on Oahu.

The summer fellowship is a voluntary program. INDOPACOM does not fund travel, lodging, or per diem for fellows. Funding must be obtained through a third party Fellowship Foundation or through the student’s university, which typically provides a stipend to cover living expenses. Due to Hawai‘i’s high cost of living, it is estimated that $8-10K will cover the student’s total expenses, including flight, lodging, meals, local transportation, etc., for a period of three months.

Army Soldier for Life - Transition Assistance Program (SFL-TAP) Career Skills Program (CSP) Internships

The Army CSP provides Service Members with the opportunity to participate in career and employment skills training opportunities during their last 180 days on Active Duty. It provides work experience, skills development, and networking and connecting functions essential to successful employment and rewarding careers. Service Members enrolled in a CSP continue to earn military pay, health care and benefits while training with a company. The program is authorized by Department of Defense Instruction (DoDI) 1322.29 and Army Regulation (AR) 600-81. Army installations develop CSP opportunities with civilian and government agencies, community leaders, and industry partners. The CFE-DM is an authorized internship site. Interns are hosted onsite and are expected to serve 40 hours per week for the duration of their approved CSP agreement.

ARIS Outreach Component

The outreach component of the program aims to expand partnerships with universities to build better relationships and leverage the deep expertise in academia. Through the CFE-DM ARIS Academic Partnership Program, presentations for delivery to civil, military and educational organizations interested or invested in civil-military preparedness for DMHA are made available through regional academic forums and working groups. The purpose of the forums and working groups is to brainstorm, develop, collaborate and review new and expanded research topics in civil-military preparedness and DMHA. This provides opportunities for engagement with institutional leadership, faculty and research fellows.

ARIS Academic Partnership Program Technical Support

The ARIS Academic Partnership Program addresses civil-military information gap areas in DMHA. Technical support is vital in the developing, publishing, and accessing of information. The ARIS Academic Partnership Program provides information sharing opportunities for data-informed policy and planning purposes to the global community.

Program Inquiries

Please contact the Academic Partnership Program Manager for general inquiries or to get additional information about the program.
Dr. Michelle U. Ibanez, ARIS APP Manager

Call for Topics

If you are interested in submitting a research topic for the Academic Partnership Program, please complete the Call for Topics form and return to the APP Manager.

Call for Topics Form

Additional Information

ARIS Research Program Brochure