Sept. 26, 2016

Hey IR Concentrators!

It is already the last week of September --time really does fly! I have a special message for all of my fellow seniors out there: make sure you come in to revise your concentration this semester, and do it sooner rather than later. In order to be eligible to graduate, you must make an appointment with Dr. Elliott to update what's on file as your concentration information from Sophomore year. Before coming in, update and submit your concentration declaration on ASK to reflect which courses you have completed and which ones you will take next semester.

There are a few important events in the announcements section that are happening today, so make sure you look at those first and don't miss out!

Have a wonderful week, and make sure you're ready for sweater weather because it is coming our way!
IR Program Student Assistant

Announcements this week
  • Concentration Advisor Office Hours: Tues, Thurs, Fri
  • Seniors: Concentration revision required!!
  • Career Fair: Today and tomorrow!!!
  • Study Abroad Fair: Today!!!
  • SCUSA 67 Student Conference: Apply by October 17
  • Facebook: Like the Brown IR DUG page!
  • Debate Watching Party: Today!!!
  • Important dates: 10/4 and more


Meetings every other Tuesday at 7 p.m.
(meeting this week Sept. 27)
Watson Institute Room 112 
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Meetings every Monday at 9 p.m.
Macmillan 115

Sept. 26 Study Abroad Fair
Sept. 27 Study Abroad 101 Info Session

Sept. 26 CareerLAB Career Fair Day 1
Sept. 27 CareerLAB Career Fair Day 2

Sept. 27 Professional School Fair (law & health)

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Concentration Advisor Office Hours 
Week of 9/26
Fri...............   1.30-3.30* (Express walk-in) 
Make an appointment.
*Express Hours reserved for quickly answerable questions (pre- and post-study abroad approval, course selection, and senior revisions). 10 minutes max!

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Seniors: Required to revise concentration information to graduate!
All 7th semester seniors are required to revise their concentration forms and meet with Dr. Elliott to update their information by the end of this semester. You do not need to have completed all of the requirements in order to update your forms. Here’s how:
1. Update and submit concentration information on ASK.
2. Meet with Dr. Elliott. (Check office hours and make an appointment online.)
Note for seniors who studied abroad: If you have not yet completed the paperwork on study abroad credits for IR, then you should do so ASAP.

Career Fair: Today and tomorrow!
When: Monday, Sept. 26 and Tuesday, Sept. 27 from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Where: Sayles Hall

Make sure you have your resumes handy! See Events section for more details.


Study Abroad Fair: Today!
When: Monday, Sept. 26 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Where: Alumnae Hall (194-200 Meeting Street)
Stop by to see all the locations you can study abroad in and programs you can apply to! See Events section for more details.

Info Session: Middlebury Institute for International Relations -Today!
When: Monday, Sept. 26 from 6 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Where: McKinney, Watson Institute (111 Thayer Street)
The info session organized by the IR DUG will provide information about the variety of graduate studies at the institute. (See Events section)

SCUSA 67 Student Conference on Democracy and Democratization: Challenges and Opportunities
Don't miss out on this amazing opportunity to rub shoulders with top policy advisors at the prestigious annual SCUSA 67 student conference! This year's SCUSA 67 theme is Democracy and Democratization: Challenges and Opportunities. West Point and the IR Program cover the cost of all expenses --apply by October 17 to take advantage of this amazing opportunity! (see Student Opportunities section).  

Like Brown IR DUG on Facebook!
Follow this link and like the IR DUG's Facebook page to get notifications about events and updates from your fellow IR concentrators.
Debate Watching Party: Today!
Join fellow Watson-affiliated students and Professor Carrie Nordlund to watch the highly-anticipated first presidential debate at 59 Charlesfield Street on Monday, Sept. 26.


Important Dates
Don't let these important dates sneak past you as you're busy finalizing your schedule:
10/4: Last day to change course grade option or add a course with late fee
10/10: Indigenous Peoples' Day --no classes!
10/14: Last day to change a course from credit to audit



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Featured Events


Fair: 2016 OIP Study Abroad Fair Today!
When: Monday, September 26 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Where: Alumnae Hall Auditorium
Sponsor: Office of International Programs
The OIP study abroad advisors, peer advisors, and representatives from programs around the world are available to talk to you about your study abroad plans and answer any questions you may have. 

Fair: 2016 General Career Fair Today!
When: Monday, September 26 from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Where: Sayles Hall Auditorium
Sponsor: CareerLAB
The Fall Career Fair is a great opportunity to meet employers from various sectors who are enthusiastic about hiring Brown students. The fair gives you a chance to meet important people, network, ask questions and set up informational interviews to start planning your future after graduation. Here is a list of employers that will be present on the first day of the fair.

Elections 2016: Debate Watching Party Today!

When: Monday, September 26 at 8.45 p.m.
Where: 59 Charlesfield Street
Sponsor: Taubman Center for American Politics and Policy 
All Watson-affiliated students are invited to join professor Carrie Nordlund of the public policy program to view the much-anticipated first debate between presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. The watching party will start with insights from Professor Nordlund and a short discussion at 8.45 p.m. and the debate starts at 9:00 p.m. Food and drinks will be served!

Info Session: Middlebury Institute for International Studies Today!
When: Monday, September 26 at 6 p.m.
Where: McKinney, Watson Institute (111 Thayer Street)
Sponsor: IR DUG

The IR DUG is hosting an info session for Middlebury Institute for International Studies. For IR Seniors panicking about life after graduation and for IR concentrators who like to think ahead, this info session is a great opportunity to explore post-graduation options. If you think you might want to pursue a graduate degree in international studies or related fields, Middlebury Institute might be what you're looking for.


Fair: 2016 General Career Fair
When: Tuesday, September 27 from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Where: Sayles Hall Auditorium
Sponsor: CareerLAB
The Fall Career Fair is a great opportunity to meet employers from various sectors who are enthusiastic about hiring Brown students. The fair gives you a chance to meet important people, network, ask questions and set up informational interviews to start planning your future after graduation. Here is a list of employers that will be present on the second day of the fair.

Student Seminar Series on 2016 Elections: Global Trumpism
When: Tuesday, September 27 at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Kim Koo Library, Watson Institute (111 Thayer St.)
Who: Mark Blyth
Sponsors: Watson Institute
Designed especially with Brown undergraduates in mind, but welcoming all members of the University and wider community, this seminar series meets in the weeks both before and after Election Day to analyze what's truly at stake in this election. In the context of American history, contemporary global politics, and current issues in U.S. social, political, and economic affairs, guest speakers will set before the seminar participants the essential issues and then facilitate probing discussions. The seminar's goal is bear witness to a historic election, illuminating the "dangers and opportunities of right here and right now."


Lecture: Fear and Democracy: Reflections on Security and Freedom
When: Wednesday, September 28 at 4:00 p.m.
Where: Petteruti Lounge (Stephen Robert '62 Campus Center, 75 Waterman Street)
Who: Ira Katznelson, Ruggles Professor of Political Science and History at Columbia University
Sponsors: Taubman Center for American Politics and Policy

Ira Katznelson examines how constitutional democracies should navigate challenges to public safety and whether they can do so in ways that are consistent with liberal norms and patterns of government that are grounded on the rule of law and individual rights.

Lecture: Brazilian Democracy and the Aftermath of Impeachment
When: Wednesday, September 28 at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Joukowsky Forum (Watson Institute, 111 Thayer Street)
Who: Keisha-Khan Perry, Professor of Africana Studies at Brown University and Sidney Chalhoub, Professor of History at Harvard University
Sponsors: Brazil Initiative

In May 2016, the Executive Committee of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA) approved a resolution considering the impeachment process against President Dilma Rousseff as "undemocratic." It also sent a five-member commission, headed by Harvard Professor Sidney Chalhoub and including Brown Professor Keisha-Khan Perry to Brazil in July/August to investigate the situation and prepare a report. Professors Chalhoub and Perry will present their analysis of the situation in Brazil based on the Commission's findings.




Conference: 2016 Student Council on US Affairs (SCUSA) Apply now!
Deadline: October 17
To Apply: Apply via UFunds
Eligibility: IR Junior or Senior
Want to hob-knob with key policy makers? Like to discuss solutions to global challenges? The Student Conference on US Affairs is one of the most prestigious conferences of its kind. This is an annual four day conference hosted at The Untied States Military Academy at West Point. The purpose of this world-class conference is to facilitate interaction and constructive discussion between civilian student delegates and West Point cadets in order to better understand the challenges that the Untied States faces in an increasingly global society. SCUSA delegates attend panel discussions, hear from high-profile keynote speakers, and develop policy recommendations during round table sessions. The theme of this year's conference is Democracy and Democratization: Challenges and Opportunities. West Point and the IR program cover the cost of all expenses. Please direct all questions about the application process to

Tournament: The Foresight Project
Deadline: October 25
To Apply: Sign up online
Eligibility: College students (undergraduate, graduate and professional) who haven't participated in the Good Judgment Project or GJ Open
If you like to follow politics and you want to improve your prediction skills by learning more, join the Foresight tournament! We are conducting the first of three tournaments (2016-2018), each starting on October 25th and lasting for about 9 months. You can:

  • Listen to a 10-minute instruction video about forecasting accuracy.
  • Take a 45-minute battery of political and psychological tests to help us predict the skills that correlate with forecasting accuracy.
  • Make predictions about questions as often as you wish! We will post a few questions online each week, for example, "Will Donald Trump win the 2016 US Presidential Election?" Select the questions that you like and update your predictions until the question closes.
  • Get feedback after each question closes. The top 10% of forecasters will be featured on the Foresight Leaderboard.
Each year
  • The top 2% of participants will each be awarded a $500 Amazon gift card at the end of each year (approximately 50 people).
  • The top 2% of participants will be featured in The Washington Post, Monkey Cage at the end of each year.
  • 100 people will have a chance to win a $50 Amazon gift card (with the more accurate forecasters having better chances of winning).
  • 200 people will have a chance to win a $25 Amazon gift card (with the more accurate forecasters having better chances of winning).

Conference: 2016 Model Arab League Conferences
Conference Dates: Multiple dates, see conference list for desired dates.
To Register: Register online
Each academic year, thousands of students participate in Model Arab Leagues across the United States and the world. Through participation in the Model Arab League programs, students develop essential skills from leadership and public speaking to critical thinking and writing, while also gaining practical, immediate knowledge about a critical region – the Middle East and the Arab world. 


Summer Internship: IR Specialist Assistant at The Office of International Affairs
Deadline: October 1
To Apply: Apply online
By developing and maintaining relationships with internal and external partners, the Office of International Affairs provides foreign assistance that supports the United States government’s objectives in anti-terrorism, border security, non-proliferation, export control, immigration, capacity building, and the facilitation of legitimate trade and travel. This internship provides the participant exposure to Customs and Border Protection (CBP) operations in the overseas environment. This would include the dynamics of working with countries providing technical guidance and operational assistance with regards to CBP International operations and programs. It will provide experience working as a liaison between overseas missions and Headquarters, CBP program offices and other government agencies.

Summer Internship: US Department of State Internships
Deadline: October 14
To Apply: Apply online
The U.S. Department of State Student Internship Program is an unpaid internship with the opportunity to work in U.S. embassies and consulates throughout the world, as well as in various bureaus located in Washington, D.C. and at Department offices around the United States. This program is designed to provide substantive learning experiences in a foreign affairs environment.

Fall Internship: American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research
Deadline: October 27
To Apply: Apply online
Internship opportunities are available on both the research and business sides of the think tank. All positions require excellent organizational, research, writing, and computer skills, as well as the ability to multi-task. Responsibilities on the research side include research, writing, editing, and some administrative work. Most of our research positions support more than one scholar, but they are generally grouped by topic. On the business side of the think tank, our conferences, development, communications, and government relations offices all seek interns.

Summer Internship: Federal Reserve Bank of New York Internship Program
Deadline: November 1
To Apply: Apply online
The Undergraduate Summer Analyst and Graduate Summer Associate Programs provide outstanding students with the opportunity to gain valuable work experience in public service at the New York Fed. Through advanced project work assignments and professional development activities, analysts and associates gain an extensive understanding of the New York Fed’s work. Summer analysts and associates also have the opportunity to enhance their business skills through critical financial analysis, formal presentations, research and writing. The program is a direct feeder for the Bank’s full-time analyst and associate rotational programs.

Fall and Spring Internship: Fall 2016 Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program
Deadline: Rolling deadline
To Apply: Submit resume and cover letter to Grace Mahoney, Intern Coordinator
The Think Tanks and Civil Society Program (TTCSP) runs a small, highly selective internship program for students interested in gaining first-hand experience in public policy research in domestic and international affairs. Over the course of 15 weeks interns will work independently and in teams to research and analyze global policy trends in think tanks. Interns volunteer a minimum of 8-10 hours a week and attend mandatory weekly intern meetings from 3-5pm on Fridays. Virtual internship available for students with the ability to multi-task, work independently, and a proven track research record.


Scholarship: Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program
Deadline: October 4 (for Spring '17 semester)
Eligibility: See requirements.
To apply: Apply online.
The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program offers grants for U.S. citizen undergraduate students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies or credit-bearing, career-oriented internships abroad. The Scholarship Program aims to diversify the kinds of students who study and intern abroad by offering awards to those who might not otherwise participate due to financial constraints. Average award is approximately $4,000. Recipients are eligible to receive a Critical Need Language Award of $8,000. 

Fellowship: The Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship
Deadline: October 5
To Apply: See application guidelines
Eligibility: Seniors
The Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship, established in 1987, is a highly-competitive national fellowship program that provides recent college and graduate school alumni with the opportunity to gain a Washington perspective on key issues of peace and security. Twice yearly, the fellowship’s  Board of Directors selects a group of outstanding individuals to spend six to  nine months in Washington. Supported by a salary, the fellows serve as full-time junior staff members at the participating organization of their choice. The program also arranges meetings for the fellows with policy experts. Check out this info letter and this flyer, and watch this video for more information.

Fellowship: Luce Scholars Program
Deadline: October 7
Eligibility: Graduating seniors
To apply: Apply online at UFunds.
The Luce Scholars Program is a nationally competitive fellowship program. It was launched by the Henry Luce Foundation in 1974 to enhance the understanding of Asia among potential leaders in American society. The program provides stipends, language training, and individualized professional placement in Asia for 15-18 Luce Scholars each year, and welcomes applications from college seniors, graduate students, and young professionals in a variety of fields who have had limited exposure to Asia. Follow this link for more information

Fellowship: Fulbright US Student Program
Deadline: October 11
Eligibility: See requirements
To apply: Apply online
The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants for individually designed study/research projects or for English Teaching Assistant Programs. During their grants, Fulbrighters will meet, work, live with and learn from the people of the host country, sharing daily experiences.  The program facilitates cultural exchange through direct interaction on an individual basis in the classroom, field, home, and in routine tasks, allowing the grantee to gain an appreciation of others’ viewpoints and beliefs, the way they do things, and the way they think. Through engagement in the community, the individual will interact with their hosts on a one-to-one basis in an atmosphere of openness, academic integrity, and intellectual freedom, thereby promoting mutual understanding.

Scholarship: Gates Cambridge Scholarship New!
Deadline: October 12
Eligibility: Graduating Seniors
To apply: See application instructions 
Gates Cambridge Scholarships are prestigious, highly competitive full-cost scholarships. They are awarded to outstanding applicants from countries outside the UK to pursue a full-time postgraduate degree in any subject available at the University of Cambridge. While at Cambridge, Scholars pursue full range of subjects available at the University and are spread through its departments and Colleges. The program aims to build a global network of future leaders committed to improving the lives of others.

Fellowship: The Pamela Harriman Foreign Service Fellowship
Deadline: October 14
To Apply: See application guidelines
Eligibility: Junior or Senior
The Pamela Harriman Foreign Service Fellowships provide funding for students interning over the summer in the U.S. Embassies in London or Paris, or the Secretary of State’s Office in Washington, D.C. Students must be accepted to the State Department Internship Program in order to be eligible for the fellowship. The College of William and Mary established the Pamela Harriman Foreign Service Fellowships in 2000 to inspire the best of a new generation to pursue careers in public service.

Scholarship: Saint Andrew's Society Scholarship
Deadline: November 16
To apply: Apply via UFunds
Since 1960, the Saint Andrew’s Society of the State of New York has offered two graduate scholarships annually to students of Scottish descent in order to promote cultural interchange and goodwill between Scotland and the United States. Saint Andrew’s Scholarships fund one year of study at any of the universities in Scotland. 

Research Award: CLACS Undergraduate Research Award
Deadline: November 1
To Apply: Apply by email (follow directions below)
Eligibility: All undergraduates can apply. Preference will be given to concentrators in Latin American and Caribbean Studies and members of the CLACS Undergraduate Fellows program.
CLACS is pleased to announce a competition for awards of up to $500 in support of undergraduate research. The award is meant to cover expenses related to travel for thesis research or conferences (if relevant to research interests) in the United States or a country in Latin America or the Caribbean.
Application Requirements: Submit a single PDF containing the following materials to  with the subject heading “CLACS Undergraduate Research Awards Application”: 
1. Cover page with name, email address, dates for which funding is requested, and research project title 
2. A statement of the research objectives and design (maximum 500 words)
3. Detailed, itemized budget including other sources of support applied to (indicate whether they have been received and/or when the notification date is)
Separately, ask a professor (for example, your thesis advisor) to submit a letter of recommendation to

Travel Grant: Middle East Studies Research Travel Award
Deadline: November 21
To Apply: Apply online
Eligibility: Undergraduates
The Middle East Studies Program is awarding $600 to undergraduates who want to travel to the region to conduct research. IR concentrators who apply for the grant must be working closely with an MES faculty member or someone on the MES Faculty Executive Committee who supports their application and have confirmation from their concentration advisor that they have a predominantly Middle East research focus.

Research funding: Michael Bhatia Fund for Peacekeeping and Conflict Studies
Deadline: Rolling
To apply: Log into UFunds and submit application
Eligibility: IR concentrator doing work for IR concentration credit
Established in memory of Michael Vinay Bhatia '99, who died in May 2008 in Afghanistan, where he was working as a social scientist in consultation with the U.S. military, the Fund underwrites field work, study abroad, or thesis research by IR concentrators working on peace-keeping and conflict studies. It is awarded to a student who, like Michael Bhatia '99, hopes to deepen his/her understanding of a region or culture by traveling and studying there, with the ultimate goal of helping to promote cross-cultural understanding that might end or avert violence or military conflict.


Job: The Associates Program at Capital Group Alumni connection: Danielle Rosa '16!
Deadline: October 4
To apply: Apply online
The Associates Program (TAP) at Capital Group is a global rotational program that enables associates to work on 6 different job assignments across the organization, with an option to complete a rotation at a non-profit of their choice at the end of TAP. In addition to the rotations, TAP also develops associates via MBA-level courses, professional skills trainings, meetings with leaders across the organization, and personal mentoring.

Job: Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
Deadline: Multiple September deadlines for multiple job openings, see deadlines here
To apply: Apply online
This unique, two-year rotational fellowship sits at the intersection of the federal government and the financial services industry. With a focus on data-driven policy making, Director’s Financial Analysts are given the opportunity to hone analytical and problem solving skills while helping make markets for consumer financial products work for Americans. The program has served as a springboard for previous Analysts’ careers. Graduates of the program have moved on to graduate school (Yale Law, Harvard Business, Columbia Economics), private industry (Amazon, Uber, Wells Fargo), and public sector opportunities (Department of the Treasury, Federal Reserve Bank of New York). 

Job: Impact
Deadline: Rolling
To Apply: Apply online
If you are interested in joining a team of passionate people to make an impact on issues like global warming, clean water, big money’s influence over our democracy and other issues that matter to our future, consider a job with Impact. Impact is a nonprofit that runs action campaigns. We work in states where we can win positive change for our environment, our democracy and our future.


Volunteer position: Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island
Deadline: Rolling
To apply: Email expressing interest in volunteering
Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island (DIIRI) welcomes immigrants and refugees who are working to overcome cultural, educational, economic and language barriers, empowering them to achieve self-sufficiency and to participate actively in their communities. Volunteers play a critical role at Dorcas, providing the individual attention the program participants require to succeed. Dorcas is always looking for new volunteers to work as  tutors, class room aides, immigration and citizenship support, and refugee mentors.


Publish: Journal of Undergraduate International Studies 
Deadline: October 9
To submit: Email your work as an attachment to
Eligibility: Submissions generally range in length from 5 to 20 pages, but may be longer. Submissions must not have been published in any other publication. Current undergraduates and recent graduates (one semester out or less) are eligible to submit their work.
The Journal seeks to publish the world's premier undergraduate work related to international themes and topics including, but not limited to: international conflict and conflict resolution, human rights, environmental issues, history, culture, comparative politics, economics, development and trade, global security, and international health. All submissions must follow these guidelines:

  1. Submit as a word document, not a PDF or other type of file
  2. Make sure your name and academic affiliation are not present in the text of your work
  3. Use an easily read font, such as Times New Roman
  4. Double-space your document
  5. Follow the Chicago Manual of Style for all citations (for help, visit This is not a requirement unless the piece is selected for publication
  6. Convert all your citations and footnotes to endnotes
  7. Include an abstract of 100 words or less

Article selections will be made in late November, and authors will be notified on the status of their submissions at this point. The Journal also welcome photos, either related to or independent of the content of submitted essays.  These photos could appear on the cover of the journal or on our website, Cover photos MUST be of a very high resolution to be considered. Photos can be sent as high-resolution jpegs to Submissions must indicate the subject, the location, and the date of the photo, as well as your name and university affiliation.  
Publish: Journal of Politics and International Affairs
Deadline: October 14
To submit: Submit online
JPIA is a student-run journal that publishes papers written by undergraduate students in the areas of Political Science, International Studies, Economics, Public Affairs, Sociology and related fields. Ideal submissions are both informative and argumentative, with well-developed theses and strong mechanics. The Journal typically publishes 10-20 page essays written for upper-level courses, however it welcomes submissions of any length and topic that falls within the scope of the Journal


Grad Program: Graduate Certificate in Terrorism Analysis from University of Maryland
Virtual Info Session: September 27
Deadline: January 12 (for Spring '17)
To Apply: Apply online
START offers a fully online, open enrollment Graduate Certificate in Terrorism Analysis through the University of Maryland's Graduate School. START's Graduate Certificate in Terrorism Analysis provides participants with advanced education on the causes, dynamics, and impacts of international and domestic terrorism. Participants also develop the methodological skills necessary to pursue advanced research on and analysis of terrorism.

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