February 22, 2017

Meet the new DUG leaders!

Drashti Brahmbhatt '19
At Brown, by studying International Relations, I hope to gain a multidisciplinary understanding of global issues through the lenses of anthropology, political science, economics and history. After studying abroad in Turkey and Azerbaijan, my appreciation for foreign relations spiked and since then, I have been dedicating myself to studying languages, politics, and humanitarian crises that affect the world. In the future I hope to use my IR degree to work in the UN, State Department or a think tank.

Amelie-Sophie Vavrovsky '18
Living and connecting with people from all over the world has instilled in me a deep sense of global social responsibility. Since my sophomore year, I have had the immense privilege of conducting research with Watson's outstanding faculty members. Brown's International Relations Program equips me with both the necessary quantitative and qualitative analysis skills for policy making while also constantly feeding my curiosity and encouraging me to explore new fields of study. Looking forward, I hope to use my IR degree to better serve our world-community and help draft fairer policies working at the European Union or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at home in Austria.


Hey IR concentrators,
I hope everyone had a wonderful long weekend! I am so happy to introduce our new IR DUG co-presidents Drashti and Amelie to you guys, and also to announce that the first meeting of the DUG is today at 7 p.m. at the Watson, Room 116. Don't miss it --there will be cupcakes! Also, the IR DUG is kicking off its professor lunches with the first lunch next Monday, February 27 at 1 p.m. at the Kim Koo Library in the Watson with Professor Sreemati Mitter. You can find more information about this on next week's newsletter as well as at the first DUG meeting today.

SENIORS: If you want to graduate, you MUST update your courses on ASK. See details on what to do in the Announcements.
Welcome back and good luck with midterms that might be sneaking up on you already!
IR Program Student Assistant

NOTE- The program newsletter is long because we have so many awesome opportunities and important announcements on here, so if the content is 'clipped' at the bottom, please click the link to view!
Announcements this week:
  • IR Advising Office Hours: February office hours!
  • Capstone Catalog: Requirement for seniors!
  • IR Honors Information Session: Join us on 3/2!
  • 1-Minute Survey: Student use of Watson Institute space
  • Important Dates: 2/22, 2/28

If I complete two or more concentrations in my 4 years at Brown will I be awarded multiple degrees and receive multiple diplomas?

No. You will be awarded one degree, and receive one diploma noting your baccalaureate degree. Students who complete more than one concentration (“double concentrators”) will see all completed concentrations listed on their official Brown transcript. Their diploma, however, does not indicate concentration unless they receive departmental honors.



Meetings every Monday at 9 p.m. in Macmillan 115


First meeting today at 7 p.m., Watson 116
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Feb. 22- Brown in Japan Info Session (4 p.m. - 5 p.m. J. Walter Wilson  Room 440)

Feb. 23- Brown in France Info Session (4 p.m. - 5 p.m. J. Walter Wilson  Room 440)

Feb. 23- GLISP Info Session (5.30 p.m. - 6.30 p.m. J. Walter Wilson  Room 440)

Register here.

Feb. 22- Brown-RISD Common Good Internship and Job Fair (12 p.m. - 3 p.m. Sayles Hall)



Office Hours
Week of 2/22

Concentration Advisor
Fri.......1-3 (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!

Student Assistant
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Senior Requirements

Update to your courses in ASK NOW!

1. Click "edit," then update your IR concentration courses. 
All entries should have a green check mark and a grade except for courses you are currently taking (these will have a green circle but no check). Weird highlighting (the latest is orange) can happen with study abroad courses--don't worry about it. The red vertical line indicates which courses are being double-counted with another concentration--the rule is no more than two.

2. Check the box at the bottom of the course page in ASK that says: "I am a senior and these are my final revisions prior to graduation."

3. Hit "submit."

Capstone Catalog: Required for graduation

Students who completed a capstone course last fall should submit a capstone catalog entry. This is required for graduation.

Multiple Concentrations Ceremony Deadline

Students with more than one concentration must notify the Registrar as to which ceremony you wish to attend no later than February 28, 2017.

Application to Graduate Diploma Deadline

Students must fill out the Application to Graduate in Banner no later than April 3, 2017 in order to receive a diploma at Commencement.

1-Minute Survey: Student Space

The Watson Institute is expanding it's footprint! One of the design priorities for the new space is creating a more inviting environment for undergrad students. To that end, help Watson make informed decisions by taking a minute of your time to answer a few questions about how you currently use the space at Watson and what you'd like to see in a new space. This survey is COMPLETELY ANONYMOUS. If you'd like to submit your name, you can.

IR Honors Information Session

Sophomores and Juniors, come join us at 6.30 p.m. on Thursday, March 2 at the South Common Room in the Watson Institute for an information session on the IR Honors program with a brief introduction from Dr. Elliott and a panel discussion with all of the current IR thesis students. This is a great opportunity to ask questions about the Honors program, talk to the current thesis students about their experience, get an honest account of what it is like to be writing a thesis, and figure out if you want to pursue Honors in IR! Flatbread and Meeting Street cookies will be served.


Mark your Calendars!

2/22: Last day to add a course (with a fee), change from audit to credit, or change a grade option Today!
2/22: First meeting of the IR DUG Today!
2/28: Last day for students with multiple concentrations to select which departmental ceremony to receive their diploma in


Watson Events

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Featured Events

Lecture: Violence, Passion, and Power: Lesbian Women and Cultural Ideologies in Brazil
When: Wednesday, February 22 at 12 p.m.
Where: Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute (111 Thayer St.)
Who: Andrea Allen, Watson Institute
Sponsor: Brazil Initiative, professor of women's studies and feminist research at Western University, Canada

In this presentation, Allen will discuss the ways in which Brazilian lesbian women both disturb and reinscribe Brazilian cultural mores surrounding sexuality, gender roles, and violence. Based on ethnographic fieldwork conducted in Salvador da Bahia, she will argue that unlike heterosexual women, Brazilian lesbian women are able to embody cultural norms that emphasize sexual dominance and sexual freedom as integral aspects of Brazilian male authority, privilege, and even Brazilian identity as a whole. Nevertheless, they are also made invisible as citizens who are deemed worthy of full protection and consideration when they are victims of intimate partner violence and seek redress from the state.

Development and Governance Seminar: One Nation, Many Worlds: Varieties of Developmental Regimes in India
When: Wednesday, February 22 at 4 p.m.
Where: McKinney Conference Room, Watson Institute (111 Thayer St.)
Who: Poulomi Chakrabarti, 
PhD student in the Department of Political Science at Brown University
Sponsor: Watson Institute
Why do the political elite in some states seem to ignore concerns of development and are instead entrenched in identity politics, even as the vast majority of its citizens live in poverty? Why do some states systematically pursue growth-oriented development policies, while others prioritize redistributive goals? Chakrabarti seeks to explain the variation in state prioritization of development policy in ethnically diverse societies by exploring the case of India. She argues that it is possible to conceptualize states as three distinct developmental regimes - growth, redistributive, and a third category that I develop and define – dignity-enhancing. Through a mixed-methods research design that combines a nation-wide longitudinal analysis of state-level public spending patterns from 1960 to 2012 with a paired comparative historical analysis of six states, she argues that understanding variation across developmental regimes requires an exploration of the class and ethnic backgrounds of political elites, and the nature of social inequality at the time the political elites assume power.

Career Fair: Brown-RISD Common Good Internship and Job Fair
When: Wednesday, February 22 from 12 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Where: Sayles Hall
Sponsor: CareerLAB
First-years, sophomores and juniors can find summer internships and graduating seniors can find full-time jobs in education, the arts, public service, activism, public health, entrepreneurship and more at the Brown/Rhode Island School of Design Common Good Internship and Job Fair. More than 35 employers will be in attendance offering internships with city government, arts organizations, local non-profits and more.


Panel Discussion: Ebola Response and Recovery
When: Thursday, February 23 at 4 p.m.
Where: Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute (111 Thayer St.)
Sponsors: Africa Initiative, Humanitarian Innovation Initiative

Sponsored by the Humanitarian Innovation Initiative (HI²) and the Africa Initiative, this panel discussion will review the Ebola epidemic in West Africa from both public health and anthropological perspectives, and discuss the next steps forward for the hardest hit countries.


Conference: Islam and the French: Religion and Laicite in the Public Sphere
When: Friday, February 24 from 8.30 a.m. - 5.30 p.m.
Where: Pembroke Hall Room 305 (172 Meeting St.)
Who: John R. Bowen, Washington University in St. Louis; Ian Coller, University of California/Irvine; Naomi Davidson, University of Ottawa; Mayanthi Fernando, University of California/Santa Cruz; Ethan Katz, University of Cincinnati; and Nadia Marzouki, École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS)
Sponsors: Co-sponsored by the French Embassy in the United States, Pierre and Mary Ann Sorel '92, Dean of the College, Department of French Studies, the Cogut Center for the Humanities, and the Humanities Initiative
This conference will examine the debates surrounding the place of Islam in French society today. Focusing on the current polemics surrounding Laïcité—a uniquely French phenomenon that differs fundamentally from other forms of secularization in that the State guarantees the private practice of religion while insisting on a strict separation of Church and State—participants will investigate the emergence of a new public visibility of Islam in the West and the anxieties it is generating. On the one hand, Islam is seen by some as a fundamentally different religion posing a new, specific threat that makes it incompatible with French identity and modernity. On the other, because it is the religion of immigrants from Muslim countries, its practice is seen as posing particular challenges to French society, as the controversies over the headscarf and halal meat testify. In the context of European integration, globalization, and migrations, recent debates over French identity have focused on Islam and are reshaping the intellectual and political landscape. The goal of this conference is to achieve a better understanding of the contemporary place of religion and religiosity in public life.



Spring University: Understanding Europe in an Age of Uncertainty
Dates: April 2-April 13
To Apply: Apply online
Deadline: Today!
The objective of the Spring University Prague 2017, “Understanding Europe in an Age of Uncertainty”, is to provide students with a broad understanding of the most significant political and social issues in contemporary Europe. The course provides an interdisciplinary approach and combines multiple learning methods, such as lectures, workshops, round-table discussions, field work, group-work and student presentations. Students will not only have the opportunity to explore a range of interesting topics and gain valuable insights into the current challenges and risks to the development of Europe, but will also have occasion to improve their research and presentation skills. Moreover, there will be numerous free-time activities that will provide participants with a chance to enjoy the wide range of attractions that Prague has to offer.

Conference: Model WTO New!
Dates: April 7 - April 14
To Apply: Apply online 
Deadline: February 26

The Model WTO is a one week simulation of WTO negotiations, taking place at St. Gallen University and the WTO Headquarters in Geneva. 9 students of the University of St. Gallen supported by an advisory board are organising this event. 13 chairpersons who followed a one year course taught by a WTO Counsellor will animate the debates. 60 high-profile students coming from all over the world will have the chance to participate in this unique event.

Conference: Yale Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps Leadership Conference
Dates: April 7 - April 8
To Apply: Register online 
Deadline: late registration until  March 1
Now in its second year, the Yale NROTC Leadership Conference is the premier leadership conference in the Northeast and seeks to facilitate thought-provoking and energetic dialogue between students, academics, and professionals from both military and civilian backgrounds. This year’s conference will focus on Leadership in Global Affairs, developing leadership and management skills in attendees that can be applied within the context of current political and military affairs at a global level. Gen. Stanley McChrystal, USA (ret.), former Commander of US and ISAF Forces in Afghanistan, and Ali Soufan, the chairman and CEO of the Soufan Group, will be the keynote speakers. Attendees will also have the opportunity to participate in a geopolitical crisis simulation, interact with speakers in an intimate workshop setting, and meet a diverse group of civilian and military students at the various social events.

Summer School: Vilnius Summer School on Military and Energy Security
Location: Lithuania
Dates: July 1 - July 8
To Apply: Apply online
Deadline: February 28
Military Security course gives you a chance to get in-depth understanding about current threats the Eastern flank of Europe faces and the counter-measures it applies to deter aggressors and defend both - regional and national - security interests.
Energy Security course provides you with an opportunity to gain knowledge about national and regional energy policy attempts to secure sustainable, competitive and affordable energy for EU energy consumers - households and businesses.

Meeting: Clinton Global Initiative University Annual Meeting New!
Dates: October 13 - 15
Location: Northeastern University, Boston
Deadline: March 1 for early action, May 1 for regular admission
To apply: Apply online

Hosted by President Bill Clinton and Chelsea Clinton, the 10th annual CGI U meeting will gather more than 1,000 innovative student leaders to make commitments to action that address some of the world's most pressing challenges. More than $750,000 in funding will be available to select CGI U 2017 students to help them turn their ideas into action.

Summer Symposium: International Peace and Security Institute New!
Dates: June 10 - July 1
Location: Johns Hopkins SAIS Bologna Center, Italy
Deadline: March 10 for early action, May 10 for regular admission
To apply: Apply online

Students will: Train intensively with the field's premier political leaders, academic experts, practitioners, and advocates in the practical skills necessary to foster peace and security in their communities and the world; Learn the intricacies of negotiation, mediation, facilitation, social entrepreneurship, transformational leadership, reconciliation, and more; May apply to earn graduate-level course credit from SAIS, one of the world's top graduate schools for international affairs.

Summer Program: Conflict and the Struggle for Peace: Explorations in Ireland and the Middle East
Location: Dublin and Amman
Dates: June 11 - July 15 or Arabic option July 17 - August 13
To Apply: Apply online
Deadline: March 15
The program begins in Dublin and then moves to Northern Ireland to fully explore the Irish peace process. The students then travel to Amman, Jordan and use the Irish peace process as a case study to examine intractable conflicts in the Middle East.  Looking beyond the Israel-Palestine conflict, the program examines larger inter-regional as well as inter-tribal conflicts. Students also have the option to add a four-week intensive Arabic language class to further enhance their experiences.

Summer School: Security and Society Summer School
Dates: May 27 - July 7
To Apply: Apply online
Deadline: March 15
This six-week summer school takes a broad but intensive look at traditional and contemporary security issues. Using Poland and Central Europe as case studies, students will gain a new perspective on global issues. Summer 2017 courses will address security, cyber-security, history, criminal justice, urban planning, elites, identity/diversity/tolerance, and Jewish studies.

Forum: Career in International Affairs Forum New!
Dates: March 28
Conference Location: London, UK
Deadline: Rolling
To apply: Register online

Careers in International Affairs Fair - is an annual meeting in which prospect graduates, recruiters and experts will network, share their offerings and exchange insights in the field of international affairs. The second edition will take place on the 28th of March 2017. Young people interested in pursuing their careers in foreign relations and diplomacy will have a chance not only to meet representatives of the academic institutions but also prospective employers.

Conference: University Scholars Leadership Symposium
Conference Dates: August 1-7, 2017
Conference Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Deadline: Rolling
To apply: Apply online
The University Scholars Leadership Symposium is a week-long leadership development training program. The Symposium will bring together 1,000 of the world’s most promising leaders to one stimulating platform in the heart of Asia. The Program has been designed for young persons who are committed to making this world a much better place for the human race.

Summer School: Prague Summer School of Journalism New!
Dates: August 27 - September 10
Deadline: June 23
To apply: Apply online

The job of foreign correspondent is one of the most prestigious positions in journalism, and is being rapidly transformed by emerging technologies. During a two-week simulation, guided by professionals and academics, students will report back to their home countries and to other international outlets on the Czech Republic and Central Europe, in a number of formats and across multiple platforms.

Language School: Intensive German at the Heidelberger Pädagogium
For information on dates, application process, and more: Email 
The Heidelberger Pädagogium is a non-profit language institute, located conveniently near the city center, and is one of the outstanding educational institutions in Heidelberg, Germany. The German language courses at the institute offer effective learning and individual tutoring by experienced teachers in small groups of 7 to 15 participants, from beginners to preparation courses for the university entrance tests. Accommodation in single rooms in student apartments is available. International students who need a visa for the duration of their stay will be issued a certificate of attendance for the respective embassy.

Summer Program: Backpacking With A Purpose
Dates and Locations: Various
Deadline: Rolling deadline
To apply: Apply online
Participants take local transportation, eat local food, and sleep according to local standards. The volunteer programs are financially accessible and packed with adventure, community service, and education.

Forum: Young Diplomats Forum
Dates: July 2- July 7
To Apply: Email CV and personal statement
Deadline: Rolling
After seven editions in Turkey, Mexico, Greece, Croatia and United Kingdom, The Young Diplomats Forum is well established as the world's leading meeting for young diplomats in which participants will meet other Diplomats, Ambassadors, Ministers, Members of the parliament, Government's Officials, Journalists, Academics, and Diplomacy Experts and discuss different perspectives of global events. With a group of participants from different backgrounds from across the globe, delegates will not only engage in workshops to develop their knowledge and skills, but also take part in institutional visits.


Spring and Summer Internship: Foundation for Sustainable Development Winter Programs in Africa, Latin America, and India
Deadline: See different deadlines for spring, summer, and fall session here.
To apply: Apply online
Winter programs are intense, immersive programs for students and young professionals looking to gain international development experience and training. The internship involves home-stays with host-families, an on-site orientation, development training, grant-writing, and ultimately project implementation to ensure that the work makes a lasting impact on you and the community you serve.

Summer Program: United Nations Summer Study
To apply: See application details
Deadline: March 31
The United Nations Summer Study (UNSS) program, offered by The New School’s Graduate Program in International Affairs, puts graduate and undergraduate students on the ground in the United Nations and in New York City. Unlike other UN study programs, UNSS takes you beyond a narrow focus on security and diplomacy to investigate development, human rights, humanitarian action, peacekeeping and peacebuilding, environmental, and reform issues. UNSS course work prepares you to understand and engage with contemporary issues, policies, and debates in international affairs. UNSS practicums, not found in any other UN summer program, enable you to gain hands-on experience in the UN system.
Internship: USAID Africa Bureau Summer Internship Programs 
To apply: See application details
Deadline: Not specified
In sub-Saharan Africa, USAID works to help build sustained and well-governed states that respond to the needs of their people, reduce widespread poverty, and conduct themselves responsibly in the international system. Our assistance to Africa aims to help African governments, institutions, and organizations advance good governance principles and innovative approaches to health, education, economic growth, agriculture, and the environment. Interns have the opportunity to contribute to USAID’s work in Africa while learning valuable lessons about international development and working closely with our staff members. The work assigned to an intern in most office divisions includes research, writing program memoranda, drafting documents, facilitating meetings and special events, attending program discussions in the Agency and at the Department of State, and communicating on program issues for USAID field Missions abroad.

Internship: Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies (ICAS) Summer Internships at Temple University Japan Campus
When: May 25 - July 24
Where: Tokyo
To apply: See application details
Deadline: Applications are considered on a rolling basis until April 1
Interns at the Temple University Japan Campus work as research associates with faculty members, help organize conferences, or work on special projects with TUJ administrators. In the past, interns have worked on organizing major academic symposia, assisted faculty in their research (in the fields of history, anthropology, sociology, international relations, communications, and literature) and co-written articles. Interns also participate in seminars and discussion groups at TUJ, and regularly visit museums, businesses, embassies, and interesting sights in Tokyo and Yokohama
Service Learning Programs: Operation Groundswell
To apply: Apply online
Deadline: Varies based on program
Unlike many large Western organizations that create and enforce development plans, Operation Goundswell forges partnerships with local NGOs and charities to work with them on community-requested projects. It uses volunteer time as a means to better connect to and understand a vibrant community.

Internship: NGOabroad Internship and Volunteer Programs
To apply: See application details
Deadline: Rolling
NGOabroad is a unique service that helps people enter or advance in international humanitarian work and provides frugal, customized international volunteer opportunities. They are offering opportunities in the following countries: Morocco (Human Rights, Democracy Building & Arab Spring) Kenya (Transitional justice & Democracy Building, New Constitution) Mongolia (Monitoring Corruption & Transparency), Kenya, Israel/ Palestine (Peace Building & Conflict Prevention) Rwanda (Reconciliation & Averting Conflict) Tanzania, Rwanda (Legal Aid), Tanzania (Educating citizens on their Rights, Suing foreign companies for violations), Cameroon, Uganda, Morocco (Legal rights for women). These are volunteer opportunities and applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Young undergraduates, graduates, or professionals. French is required for some positions.

Delegation: Global Youth Connect
Where: Tanzania, Rwanda, Colombia, South Africa
When: Varies depending on the program
To apply: Apply online
Deadline: Rolling until full
GYC’s programs provide young leaders (ages 14-35) from a wide range of ethnic, national, economic and religious backgrounds with opportunities to learn more about human rights and enhance their ability to take action on pressing human rights issues. In 3-4 weeks, GYC programs weave together a three-tiered approach. First, delegates get experiential development training through an interactive cross-cultural human rights education workshop. Second, they engage in site visits with key stakeholders in local human rights efforts, including with members of government, international and local NGOs, and members of the community. Third,  delegates get on-the-ground experience volunteering with local human rights organizations and doing human rights work. Throughout all three components of the program, delegates develop skills critical to grassroots organizing, conflict transformation, human rights activism and leadership, and technical support for on-going organizing efforts. They also become more deeply integrated into an international community of youth activists who are actively promoting and protecting human rights, as well as educating and inspiring the next generation to work for peaceful change.


Fellowship: South Asian Studies Student Fellowship
To apply:
 Apply via UFunds
Deadline: Today!
The South Asian Studies Student Fellowship supports a graduate or undergraduate summer project related to any region of South Asia outside of India. The South Asian Studies Fellowships offers $4,000 and supports student research interests in Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Sri Lanka. Projects may include research, an internship, a language learning program or a combination thereof.
Fellowship: Laura W. Bush Traveling Fellowship
Eligibility: US citizens
To apply: See application details
Deadline: February 28
The fellowship helps fund a proposal designed by the applicant to conduct brief work in a foreign country related to the mandate of UNESCO – using education, natural sciences, social and human sciences, culture, and/or communication and information to build strong ties among nations. The fellowship is intended for American college/university students who express an interest in international collaboration but as of yet had not been afforded many opportunities to travel abroad. During his/her travel, the recipient should be willing to participate in public diplomacy events arranged with the pertinent U.S. State Department Consulate, Mission, and/or Embassy. Following the travel, the recipient agrees to submit a report describing experiences and analyzing objectives achieved; share his/her experiences with others; and be available to make a presentation to the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO.

Fellowship: The Cogut Center for the Humanities Undergraduate Fellowships
To apply: See application details
Deadline: March 1
The Cogut Center for the Humanities inaugurated academic-year-long Undergraduate Fellowships each year for Brown undergraduate students in the humanities. Rising junior and senior honors students are encouraged to apply. Undergraduate Fellows are expected to participate actively in the Cogut Center’s regularly scheduled Fellows' Seminars and other center events. Undergraduate Fellowships provide an enhanced context for advanced honors students, including the opportunity for presentation of work and the benefits of critique from an exciting group of Cogut Center Faculty Fellows, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellows, Graduate Fellows and Distinguished Visiting Fellows.
Fellowship: Baker Fellowship
Eligibility: Graduating seniors
To apply: Apply via UFunds
Deadline: March 3
The Harvey A. Baker Fellowships are awarded annually to outstanding members of the graduating class to aid them in undertaking graduate or professional study at a university of their choice either in the U.S. or abroad. The income for these fellowships derives from a trust estate established by the late Marion North Brown Baker in memory of her husband, Harvey Baker, 1881-1951 (A.B. Brown, 1903; L.L.B., Harvard, 1906), a prominent Providence attorney. The deed of trust for the Baker provides that each student selected must have high scholastic standing; have participated in college activities; and have shown qualities of leadership. The fellowship awards $10,000 to support graduate and professional school study for Brown graduating seniors for one year.

Fellowship: Emery Fellowship
Eligibility: Graduating seniors
To apply: Apply via UFunds
Deadline: March 3
The Anne Crosby Emery Alumnae Fellowships are awarded each year to honor women in the graduating class and to aid them in undertaking graduate or professional study at a university of their choice either in the U.S. or abroad. The Fellowships were founded by the Alumnae Association of Brown University in 1914. The purpose of the Fellowships, maintained in honor of the second dean of the Women’s College in Brown University, is to stimulate the intellectual life of undergraduate students. The Emery Fellowship is awarded on the basis of scholarly ability and excellence of character. The fellowship awards $10,000 to support graduate and professional school study for Brown graduating seniors for one year.

Fellowship: Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship
Eligibility: US citizens; sophomores who identify as African American, Latina/o, or Native American
To apply: Apply via UFunds
Deadline: March 6
The Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship program aims to increase the number of underrepresented minority students, and others with a demonstrated commitment to eradicating racial disparities, who will pursue PhDs in core fields in the arts and sciences. The Program works to increase the number of individuals from certain minority groups on university faculties. MMUF aims to achieve its mission by identifying and supporting students of great promise and helping them to become scholars of the highest distinction.

Fellowship: Center for Contemporary South Asia Student Fellowships
Eligibility: Juniors or Sophomores with advanced standing
To apply: Apply via UFunds
Deadline: March 7 (at noon)
The purpose of undergraduate summer funding is to facilitate research for a senior thesis or to provide internship experience with an academic or civil society organization. Students are invited to propose work with any organization or indicate their interest in one of the Center’s partners by contacting our Center Manger. Students who are unsure of where they would like to intern or are interested in one of the initiative's partners are encouraged to discuss their interests with a faculty member as early as possible. Students who already have made contact with an organization are required to attach a letter of interest from the organization.

Funding: Brown LINK/SEW
To apply: Apply via UFunds
Deadline: First Round: March 10; Second Round: April 12
Each year, Brown awards financial assistance to students pursuing unpaid or low-paying summer internships. These awards allow students to explore career options and engage in experiential learning activities outside the classroom. Students must apply for or secure an internship that is unpaid or that pays less than $1,000 before applying for funds. The Brown LINK Award Program is funded by Brown alums and parents, and the Office of Financial Aid and administered by the Center for Careers and Life After Brown.

Prize: Undergraduate Prize for Excellence in Library Research New!
To apply: Apply online
Deadline: March 10

Applicants must be a current full-time student working towards a Brown University undergraduate degree. Eligible projects must have been completed for a semester-long, credit-bearing course, either for a class or an independent study, but cannot be a senior honors thesis.
In partnership with the Office of the Dean of the College, the Brown University Library sponsors the annual Undergraduate Research Prize. The purpose of the prize is to recognize excellence in undergraduate research projects that make creative and extensive use of the Brown University Library's collections, including, but not limited to, print resources, databases, primary resources, and materials in all media. The project may take the form of a traditional paper, a database, a website or other digital project. Up to two prizes of $750 each may be given. Prize recipients will be honored at a Library reception and will be asked to give a short presentation on their research projects. Prize winning projects will be honored on the Brown University Library website and added to the Brown Archives.

Fellowship: The Marla Ruzicka International Public Service Fellowship
To apply: See application details
Deadline: March 31
The Marla Ruzicka International Public Service Fellowship provides $4,000 to support the summer plans of one Brown undergraduate who displays the characteristics of compassion, determination, and selflessness in the pursuit of international human rights, post-conflict rehabilitation, or international public service in its most noble spirit, and whose summer plans reflect those traits.
Fellowship: Jack Ringer Summer in Southeast Asia Fellowship
To apply: Apply via UFunds
Deadline: March 31
The Jack Ringer Summer in Southeast Asia Fellowship is made possible through the generosity of Jack Ringer '52, who served in Burma after graduating from Brown. The award provides Brown students with up to $4,000 to support summer travel to Southeast Asia to conduct research or work in an internship.
Grant: Watson Summer Thesis Travel Grants
To apply: Apply via UFunds
Deadline: April 25
Eligible applicants for summer 2017 research travel are concentrators in International Relations (IR) and Development Studies (DS) who need to travel to conduct fieldwork for an approved senior thesis.
Grant: Research at Brown Grant
To apply: Apply via UFunds
Deadline: Rolling
Research at Brown (RAB) grants support student-initiated research projects in the sciences, the humanities, and the fine arts. The Program supports student research and travel to present papers at conferences. Students may submit proposals for up to $500 of funding at any time. The RAB budget is divided into spring and fall allocations. When each semester’s allocations are spent, new applications cannot be considered until the next funding cycle. Students are therefore encouraged to submit proposals as early as possible.

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.

Grant: Student Research Grants in Judaic Studies
To apply: Send a 1-2 page description of the project to Susan Rottenberg
Deadline: Rolling
The Program in Judaic Studies aims to promote and support the study of Jews and Judaism across Brown. To that end, the Department offers research grants for Brown undergraduate and graduate students working in related fields. Funds may be used in a wide variety of ways, including acquisition of research materials, traveling to research sites, etc. Preference will be given to those who have taken courses in or who plan to work with an adviser in the Program in Judaic Studies. Grant proposals can be for as little as $250 but should not exceed $1000. Application materials should be sent to Susan Rottenberg and should include a 1-2 page description of the project that explains how the student will use the funds. The application should also include the name of a faculty reference.  The Program in Judaic Studies accepts applications at any point in the academic year for as long as funds are available.


Job: Latin America Goes Global
Deadline: Rolling
To Apply: Email cover letter and resume
The ideal candidate is a driven and curious person who is willing to work on social media, learn how to edit op-eds and conduct research on different topics. Must be located in NYC, available 10-20 hours per week and able to speak, write and edit in both English and Spanish.

Volunteer Opportunity: Global Youth Connect South Africa
Deadline: Check website for updates
To Apply: Apply online

This delegation is a collaboration between Global Youth Connect and Inkululeko - a nonprofit that works with young people in Grahamstown, South Africa helping them finish high school and move onto university or to gain a skill set so they can be gainfully employed upon graduation. GYC Delegates will be woven into projects within Inkululeko where they will learn about sustainable development, the strides being made by one organization to make education more equitable for Grahamstown residents and engage in conversation about promoting human rights through education. GYC delegates will work alongside young people who live in Grahamstown on volunteer projects and will see, firsthand, what efforts are being made to push the community forward. This delegation is open to college age students from around the world.

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 Opportunity: 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.

Volunteer Opportunity: Project Esperanza Volunteer Trips
Deadline: Rolling
To apply: E-mail
Project Esperanza primarily serves the Haitian immigrant population of Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic in the areas of education, social aid, and community development. If you are looking for an opportunity to serve, improve your language skills, and see another part of the world, this is the trip for you!

Volunteer: Armenian Volunteer Corps
Deadline: Rolling deadline
To Apply: Apply online
Volunteers 21 years of age and older volunteer in Armenia in a job placement of their own choosing. Placements available in a wide variety of sectors and organizations. AVC provides all logistical support from airport pick-up, to host-family living arrangements, Armenian language classes, and more.


Spring University: Understanding Europe in an Age of Uncertainty
Dates: April 2-April 13
To Apply: Apply online
Deadline: Today!
The objective of the Spring University Prague 2017, “Understanding Europe in an Age of Uncertainty”, is to provide students with a broad understanding of the most significant political and social issues in contemporary Europe. The course provides an interdisciplinary approach and combines multiple learning methods, such as lectures, workshops, round-table discussions, field work, group-work and student presentations. Students will not only have the opportunity to explore a range of interesting topics and gain valuable insights into the current challenges and risks to the development of Europe, but will also have occasion to improve their research and presentation skills. Moreover, there will be numerous free-time activities that will provide participants with a chance to enjoy the wide range of attractions that Prague has to offer.

Masters Program: Charles Univeristy in Prague, Faculty of Social Sciences, Masters Programs in English
Where: Prague
To Apply: Apply online 
Deadline: February 28 (for early action)

The Institute of International Studies, Charles University in Prague, offers four Master’s Degree Programmes taught in English:

  • Balkan, Eurasian and Central European Studies (BECES): The BECES program offers English-speaking students  a deep and versatile exploration of “the East”, understood as the territory composed of Central Europe, the Balkan peninsula, and the countries of the former Soviet Union, including those in the Caucasus and Central Asia. Primary attention is paid to modern history, politics and diplomacy, as well as to fundamental social, cultural and economic problems. The program also offers students the chance to learn or improve their knowledge of the Czech language and some other languages of the area.
  • Central European Comparative Studies (CECS): The CECS program focuses on the region composed of Germany, Austria and the Visegrad countries (the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland and Hungary) with overlapping interest in neighboring countries. The program is offered either in the form of a full-time program of study or as part-time study (optimized for working people with classes held on Friday afternoons).
  • European Politics and Society (EPS): The EPS is a multidisciplinary two-year Joint Master Degree Program linking the fields of European politics, contemporary history and culture, economy, international relations and policy-making. The first semester of the EPS Program is based on Master level introductory courses (in Prague), the second semester focuses on EU related courses (Krakow, Leiden). In the third and fourth semesters, the program offers four different study tracks reflecting the diverse expertise of the Consortium members (Prague, Krakow, Barcelona, and Leiden). Each track combines various elective courses, research methods training, an internship and language tuition with an advanced research dissertation supervised by key staff from each Partner University.
  • Master in Area Studies (MAS): The MAS interdisciplinary program offers expert knowledge and analytical-synthetic skills focused on modern history and current developments of Europe, Eurasia, and North America.
  • Institute of International Studies, Charles University in Prague offers one double-degree program taught in English in cooperation with the School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES)International Masters in Economy, State and Society (IMESS): IMESS is a leading international double-degree program in comparative area studies. Divided into three tracks (Economy & Business, Politics & Security, Nation, History & Society), IMESS focuses on the culture, economy, history, politics and society of Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe and Eurasia.

Study: Middlebury Summer Language Schools
Program dates: See program details
To apply: Apply online
Deadline: March 15
Every summer, students and teachers, scholars and artists, entrepreneurs and political leaders from around the world gather at the Middlebury Language Schools. They apply their considerable efforts to one goal—creating the richest, most effective language-learning environment on earth. Those who arrive with basic language skills expand them dramatically, allowing them to engage with native speakers in an informed discussion of cultural, political, or social issues. The catalyst for this progress is the Language Pledge, a promise made by students, faculty, and staff to communicate solely in their language of choice for the duration of their time in the program. Summer programs are offered in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.

Summer School: Security and Society Summer School
Dates: May 27 - July 7
To Apply: Apply online
Deadline: March 15
This six-week summer school takes a broad but intensive look at traditional and contemporary security issues. Using Poland and Central Europe as case studies, students will gain a new perspective on global issues. Summer 2017 courses will address security, cyber-security, history, criminal justice, urban planning, elites, identity/diversity/tolerance, and Jewish studies.

Masters Program: LSE-Peking University Double MSc in International Affairs
Where: Beijing and London
To Apply: Apply online 
Deadline: May 5
The double Master’s degree offers an outstanding opportunity for graduate students and young professionals. The first year is spent at the School of International Studies at Peking University, studying the international relations of China and the Asia Pacific region. The second year is spent at LSE, studying the theory and history of global international relations.

Summer Language School: Higher School of Economics Russian Language School Intensive Summer Program
When: June 6 - August 12
Where: Moscow
To apply: Apply online
HSE’s Intensive Summer Language School is a 10-week-long program open to intermediate and advanced speakers of Russian. The program is made up of 200 academic hours. Students in the program live in HSE dormitories in central Moscow with Russian roommates. Language tutors also live at the dormitories and are available to help with homework. They are connected with their Russian peers, who will show them around HSE, help them get around during orientation week, give advice on life in Moscow, and help organize more informal social events and activities.

Winter Program: The Green Program Experiential Education
Deadline: Rolling
Program Dates: Varies, see schedule
To Apply: Apply online 
The Green Program’s career accelerating, hands-on, high adventure impact unique educational model proves why The Green Program is not just any study abroad program. The Green Program offer short-term, experiential education for the world’s most pressing issues in sustainable development in one of three different locations: Iceland, Peru, or Pennsylvania.

Summer Courses: Intensive Arabic Courses at Bethlehem University
To register: Register online
Deadline: Contact program
This summer, the Arabic School at Bethlehem University is offering three levels of spoken and media Arabic in July and August in cooperation with the Palestinian Arabic Institute. Students must make their own arrangements at a hotel, hostel, pension, or private home in Jerusalem or Bethlehem. Reservations should be made well in advance, or students have to arrive in Bethlehem several days before registration to find living accommodations. The university does not arrange student housing, but can help with advice and addresses. No prior knowledge of Arabic is required for the first level.

Study Abroad Program: Ecela Spanish & Political Science Program
Where: Argentina, Chile, and Peru
More Information: Check FAQ
Deadline: Rolling
ECELA is an acronym for Español y Cultura en LatinoAmerica.  The organization is 100% dedicated to teaching the Spanish language while immersing the participants in the cultures of Latin America.

Language School: Intensive German at the Heidelberger Pädagogium
For information on dates, application process, and more: Email 
The Heidelberger Pädagogium is a non-profit language institute, located conveniently near the city center, and is one of the outstanding educational institutions in Heidelberg, Germany. The German language courses at the institute offer effective learning and individual tutoring by experienced teachers in small groups of 7 to 15 participants, from beginners to preparation courses for the university entrance tests. Accommodation in single rooms in student apartments is available. International students who need a visa for the duration of their stay will be issued a certificate of attendance for the respective embassy.


Writing Competition:
International Affairs Forum Student Writing Competition New!
To submit: All submissions should be between 2,500-3,000 words, excluding footnotes, and must be submitted to editor@ia-forum.orgSee submission guidelines for more detials.
Deadline: April 3, 2017

The Center for International Relations announces its Spring 2017 Student Writing Competition where winners are eligible for publication in the upcoming issue of International Affairs Forum, a biannual publication on international affairs and economics. For the Spring 2017 issue, submissions will be accepted for the following two topics ONLY: "populism in the digital age and cybersecurity".

Write: The Dialectics - Journal of Leadership, Politics, and Society at Penn State Abingdon
To submit: See submission guidelines
Deadline: Rolling
Journal of Leadership, Politics, and Society, a refereed, multidisciplinary online journal devoted to scholarship and discourse, is currently accepting high quality essays on issues of public importance. Papers should have a single thesis, be focused, identify significant societal and global issues, and offer creative solutions or specific recommendations for addressing the challenges. Students from institutions in the United States or abroad are cordially invited to submit their work for review.
Write: World Outlook: Journal of International Affairs at Dartmouth College
Eligibility: Recent graduates (seniors will be eligible after graduation)
To submit: See submission guidelines
Deadline: Rolling
World Outlook welcomes submissions from all current and recently-graduated undergraduate students, regardless of institutional affiliation. Content from most academic disciplines is accepted, provided that papers are relevant to the field of international relations. Please familiarize yourself with work typically published in World Outlook before submitting.

Write: Al-Noor: The Boston College Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies Journal
To submit: See submission guidelines
Deadline: Rolling; authors will be notified of the status of their submission the following January or June
Al-Noor seeks to provide students a medium for publishing about the Middle East and Islam and promote a discourse about the diverse opinions, myriad cultures, histories, and perspectives that comprise the Middle East.

Write: Critique: A Worldwide Student Journal of Politics at Illinois State University
To submit: See submission guidelines
Deadline: Rolling
Critique provides a forum for graduate and undergraduate students of politics to express and exchange diverse ideas and to imagine new possibilities for democracy and justice. The electronic format of Critique provides an alternative venue that expands political debate by creating space for the emergence of new ideas. Such a medium broadens the horizon for undergraduate and graduate publications and serves to lift typically unheard voices in academia. The editors firmly believe that budding scholars introduce valuable ideas that must be heard in order to understand the changing nature of our global community. Thus we encourage articles about politics that take seriously the growing opportunities for social change and new possibilities for enacting policy nationally and internationally.

Write: The Journal of Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Excellence
To submit: See submission guidelines
Deadline: Rolling
The journal combines undergraduate and faculty involvement to create a cooperative approach to the peer review process and is registered with the Library of Congress. Since we accept submissions from all disciplines of undergraduate study and from any accredited institution of higher education, JUR is a truly unique journal.  Submissions may include original research, abstracts, editorials, reviews, or other creative works. Undergraduate associate editors, peer reviewers, and faculty reviewers will rigorously review each submission. Any research submission must include the Permission to Publish completed and signed by the student's faculty advisor(s) and other coauthors.
Write: Discussions: The Undergraduate Research Journal of Case Western Reserve University
To submit: See submission guidelines
Deadline: Rolling
This journal's main objective is to present the best of undergraduate research from across the country. Discussions accepts research papers written by current undergraduate students from accredited colleges and universities around the globe. The research can be on any topic, not limited to science or engineering. A student may submit a paper from a class, as long as his/her work presents a new and innovative idea.

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