Sept. 28, 2015

Hey IR Concentrators!

I have a special message to all of my fellow seniors out there: come in to revise your concentration!! In order to be eligible to graduate, you must make an appointment with Dr. Elliott to revise your concentration. Fill out the same concentration worksheet you used to declare IR to reflect which courses you have completed and which ones you will take next semester. This verifies your completion of all of the IR requirements by May. You must do this before the end of this semester---do it early so you don't have to worry about it later on, especially when Dr. Elliott's office hours become jam-packed!

Have a great week!
IR Program Student Assistant

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Now is the time to revise your concentration for graduation. This is REQUIRED of all 7th semester seniors!
The purpose of this is to verify your completion of IR requirements AND to clarify which requirements you have remaining for completion next semester. You do NOT need to have completed all of the requirements in order to update your forms.
Here’s how:

1. Fill out a new IR concentration worksheet.
2. Meet with Dr. Elliott. 
Check office hours and make an appointment online.

NOTE! If you have not completed the paperwork on study abroad credits for IR, then you should do so ASAP.

Concentration Advisor Office Hours 
Week of 9/28
* (change for this week only; 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!
Grad Programs in International Affairs--This Friday!
When: Friday, October 2 from 12 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Where: Watson Institute, South Common Room (2nd Floor)

Representatives from Georgetown, Tufts, Johns Hopkins, Columbia, and the Woodrow Wilson School. See Events section.

Mingle With Top Policy Advisors at West Point!
Held annually at the US Military Academy at Westpoint, N.Y., the Student Conference on U.S. Affairs (SCUSA) is the largest, oldest, and most prestigious undergraduate conference of its type in the world. Throughout the conference, student delegates and cadets debate and formulate policy recommendations that realistically model American strategic responses to significant national and global challenges (see Student Opportunities section). Don't miss this unique opportunity! Sponsored by the IR Program and the Mellon Foundation. All expenses paid. 


Mark your Calendars!
10/2: Info Session: Grad Schools in International Affairs (12 p.m.) Friday!
10/6: Last day to change course grade option (5 p.m.)
10/12: Fall Weekend, no classes
10/16: Last day to change course from credit to audit (5 p.m.)



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Fair: 2015 OIP Study Abroad Fair Today!
When: Monday, September 28 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Where: Sayles 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 with you and answer any questions you may have about studying abroad. 

Info Session: Law School Dean Panel Today!
When: Monday, September 28 at 12 p.m.
Where: Wilson Hall, Room 101
Sponsor: Dean of the College-Law School Advising
Join admission deans from Stanford, Duke, and NYU for a discussion of the various elements of a successful application to law school as well as a conversation about the broader context of law studies and careers.

Lecture: Military Professionalism and Ethics Today!
When: Monday, September 28 at 4 p.m.
Where: Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute (111 Thayer St.)
Who: Rear Admiral P. Gardner Howe III, 55th President of the U.S. Naval War College
Sponsor: Watson Institute
Rear Admiral Howe’s operational assignments have included a full range of duties in the Naval Special Warfare and joint Special Operations communities. He commanded Naval Special Warfare Unit Three in Bahrain, Naval Special Warfare Group Three in San Diego, and Special Operations Command, Pacific in Hawaii. His service overseas includes multiple deployments to the western Pacific and Southwest Asia, and participation in Operations Earnest Will, Provide Promise, Enduring Freedom, and Iraqi Freedom


Book Panel: Globalizing Solidarity Step by Step
When: Tuesday, September 29 at 4:00 p.m.
Where: Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute (111 Thayer St.)
Who: Monika Bartoszewicz; Michal Luczewski; Karol Wasilewski; moderated by Michael D. Kennedy, Professor of Sociology and International and Public Affairs, Brown University
Sponsors: Watson Institute for International Studies, with funding from the Kosciuszko Foundation, the Fetzer Institute, and Centre for the Thought of John Paul II
In 1980-81, Polish men and women organized a social movement called Solidarity that shook the foundations of communist rule in their country, and laid the groundwork for the emancipation of their nation in 1989. The meaning of that solidarity, however, is not so clear in retrospect for a new generation of Poles, nor is it so obvious in translation as the world yearns for a new way to recognize, and then bear, the burden of others.

Panel Discussion: The U.S. Military in a Dangerous World: How Much is Enough?
Tuesday, September 29 at 5:30 p.m.
Where: Metcalf Research Building, Friedman Auditorium (190 Thayer St.)
Who: R. Nicholas Burns, Goodman Professor of Diplomacy and International Relations, Harvard Kennedy School of Government; Carl M. Levin, former US Senator, Michigan; Dr. Paula Thornhill, Director, RAND Corporation’s Project AIR FORCE Strategy and Doctrine Program; moderated by Jeff Robbins, former chief counsel to the minority of the U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations
Sponsor: Taubman Center for American Politics and Policy
The U.S. spends more on defense than the next ten nations combined. Yet military spending, as a percentage of GDP, is the lowest it has been in fifty years; and is only one-fifth what we spend on entitlements and debt service. Many policymakers worry that we don’t have the armed forces — people or technology — that we need to achieve our international and security objectives. So perhaps the right question is: what role should America play in a dangerous world? And what resources does that demand? 

Info Session: Independent Studies
When: Tuesday, September 29 at 7 p.m.
Where: Stephen Robert '62 Campus Center, The Underground (75 Waterman St.)
Sponsor: Curricular Resource Center
Learn how you can design an independent project for academic credit, how you can create a real Brown course with friends, and how you can turn a study abroad experience into an independent study, too. Free dinner served!


Fair: Fall General Career Fair
When: Wednesday, September 30 from 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Where: Sayles Hall
Sponsor: CareerLAB
Over 90 employers will be in attendance to discuss internships and full-time job options. Business casual attire is encouraged. Get the full scoop with a list of employers attending the Fall Career Fair, tips to prepare, and a guide on how to dress. 

Fair: Professional School Fair- Law Schools
When: Wednesday, September 30 from 12 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Where: Stephen Robert '62 Campus Center, Multipurpose Room
Sponsor: Dean of the College-Law Advising
All students and alumni interested in law are welcome to Brown's Professional School Fair. Admission representatives from the nation's most renowned law schools will participate. Recommended Dress Code: Business Casual. Refreshments provided.


Musical Performance: Afro-Cuban Rumba Party
When: Thursday, October 1 at 9 p.m.
Where: The Spot Underground (180 Pine Street, Providence)
Who: Performances by Pedrito Martinez, Philbert Armenteros, Roman Diaz, and Raymer Olalde
Sponsor: Center for Caribbean and Latin American Studies
Part of the Brown University Latin Jazz and Pop Festival. Reserve free tickets.


Info Session: Grad Programs in International Affairs
When: Friday, October 2 from 12 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Where: Watson Institute, South Common Room (2nd Floor)
Sponsor: IR Program
Learn about grad programs in international affairs and meet representatives from Georgetown, Tufts, Columbia, Johns Hopkins, and the Woodrow Wilson School. Lunch provided. Please RSVP.

Lecture: Gandhi at the Center of Modern Indian Intellectual Discourse
When: Friday, October 2 at 2 p.m.
Where: Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute (111 Thayer St.)
Who: Dennis Dalton, Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Barnard College, Columbia University
Sponsors: Watson Institute, Brown-India Initiative
Dalton is regarded world wide as a leading authority on the thought and leadership of Mahatma Gandhi and civil disobedience. 

Musical Performance: An Evening of Latin Jazz and Afro-Cuban Dance Music
When: Friday, October 2 at 8 p.m.
Where: The Spot Underground (180 Pine St., Providence)
Who: Performances by Ed Calle and Friends and SonLokos
Sponsor: Center for Caribbean and Latin American Studies
Part of the Brown University Latin Jazz and Pop Festival.




Conference: 2015 Student Council on US Affairs (SCUSA)
Conference Dates: November 4 - 7, 2015
Deadline: October 12, 2015
To Apply: Apply via UFunds
Eligibility: IR Junior or Senior
Want to hobnob 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 United 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 United States faces in an increasingly global society. SCUSA delegates attend panel discussions, hear from high-profile keynote speakers, and develop policy recommendations during roundtable sessions.

The theme of this year's conference is Confronting Inequality: Wealth, Rights, and Power. Sponsored by the IR Program and the Mellon Foundation. All expenses paid. See more information here. Please direct all questions about the application process to

Conference: G200 Youth Forum
Conference Dates: April 6 - 10, 2016
Deadline: Early application: Wednesday, September 30, 2015
To apply: Apply online
The G200 Association is an international NGO which brings together the alumni of association’s forums, as well as independent experts in areas relevant to international development agenda. Young leaders from around 200 countries who are successfully building their careers in Ministries, Administrations of Heads of States, Parliaments, international organizations, national and transnational companies, regional authorities and non-governmental organizations are members of the G200 Association. The G200 Association unites those who make key decisions on a worldwide scale and today are already participating in the development of our future.

Conference: 2015 Northeast Regional Model Arab League
Conference Dates: November 6 - 8, 2015
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 program students develop essential skills from leadership and public speaking to critical thinking and writing, all while also gaining practical, immediate knowledge about a critical region – the Middle East and the Arab world. 


Internship: US State Department Student Internship
Deadline: October 16, 2015
Eligibility: See requirements
To apply: Apply online
Throughout the year, the U.S. Department of State offers up to 1,000 internships at diplomatic facilities around the world, at its headquarters in Washington DC, in New York City, and other facilities in cities throughout the United States. This unpaid program provides 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 spread around the United States. This program is designed to provide substantive experiences in a Foreign Affairs environment. 

Student Liaison: Student Ambassador Exchange
Deadline: Wednesday, September 30, 2015
To apply: Email resume and brief cover letter introducing yourself and explaining interest to Emily Schatzle

Student Ambassador Exchange gives foreign high school students the opportunity to study abroad in the United States for a semester or academic year. Students are placed with host families and get enrolled in local high schools. Throughout the year, local coordinators living in the same community as the students monitor their welfare and act as a liaison between the school, the host family, and the student. The position is part time (no more than 5 hours per week) and there is a small stipend, making this is a great opportunity for a college student interested in international exchange to gain some experience while also getting to know someone from a different culture. 

Internship: Fall 2015 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 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.

Internship: Environment America
Deadline: Rolling deadline
To apply: Apply online
Environment America is looking for students who care deeply about the environment and are ready to make a difference now. Interns learn how to analyze environmental problems, push for smart solutions, and build the public support it takes to win. They work side-by-side with one of our organizers, learning the ropes and attend briefings and trainings to learn even more about environmental issues and gain organizing skills.


Fellowship: Scoville Peace Fellowship
Deadline: Thursday, October 1, 2015
Eligibility: Graduating seniors
To apply: Apply online
Scoville Fellows may undertake a variety of activities, including research, writing, public education, and advocacy in support of the goals of their host organization and may attend coalition meetings, policy briefings, and Congressional hearings. Former Scoville Fellows work for U.S. and international NGOs, the Departments of Defense, Energy, State, and Treasury, members of Congress, academia, and media, and attend graduate school in political science or international relations, following their fellowships.

Fellowship: Luce Scholars Program 
Deadline: October 5, 2015
Eligibility: Graduating seniors
To apply: Apply online
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.

Scholarship: Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program 
Deadline: October 6, 2015 (for Spring '15 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: Fulbright US Student Program 
Deadline: October 13, 2015
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 
Deadline: October 15, 2015
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.

Scholarship: Harry S. Truman Scholarship
Deadline: November 20, 2015
Eligibility: Juniors
To Apply: Apply via UFunds
Established by Congress in 1975, the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation awards scholarships to college juniors (at the time of application) who have outstanding leadership potential and intend to pursue careers in public service. This scholarship provides $30,000: $3,000 for the senior year and $27,000 for graduate study ($9,000 per year depending on the length of the scholar’s graduate degree program for up to three years). In addition to funding, the Truman involves a leadership week and a summer institute both of which give Truman scholars a chance to explore pressing policy and public service concerns as well develop connections and learn from each other.

Scholarship: Saint Andrew's Society Scholarship
Deadline: November 20, 2015
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. 


Job: Dalberg Global Development Advisors
Deadline: October 11, 2015
To apply: Apply through JIB
Dalberg is the top strategy consulting firm focused on international development and emerging market issues. Our mission is to raise living standards in developing countries and address global challenges, serving a range of clients including top foundations, multilateral institutions, multinational companies, and NGOs. We offer outstanding opportunities for professional skills training and mentorship to current graduate school students.

Job: Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
Deadline: October 16, 2015
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 
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.


Grad Program: Graduate Certificate in Terrorism Analysis from University of Maryland
Deadline: November 1 for Spring 2016
To Apply: Apply online
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


Publish: Journal of Undergraduate International Studies 
Deadline: October 11, 2015
To submit: 
Email it as an attachment to, following these guidelines:
1. Submit as a word document, not a PDF or other type of file
2. Use an easily read font, such as Times New Roman
3. Double-space your document
4. Follow the Chicago Manual of Style for all citations (for help, visit This is not a requirement unless the piece is selected for publication
5. Convert all your citations and footnotes to endnotes
6. Make sure your name and academic affiliation are not present in the text of your work
7. Include an abstract of 100 words or less

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. Papers range 5-20 pages.

Publish: Journal of Politics and International Affairs
October 15, 2015
To submit: Submit online. See submission guidelines
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 we welcome submissions of any length and topic that falls within the scope of the Journal. All majors and class ranks are invited. 

Publish: The Informal
Deadline: Rolling deadline
To Submit: Send a 100-150 word pitch to We will get back to you in approximately 7 days. 
The Informal, a Brown-born online journal focusing on finding ways to explore the Middle East from an "informal" lens, is looking for submissions and social media editors! The Informal, since October 2015, has published a significant amount of articles (one of which is in consideration to be picked up by the NYTimes). It also provides a newsletter service and Twitter feed. @theinformalorg serves as a news source without an automated mechanism that posts any article related to the Middle East. A significant amount of articles are read by our team, filtered out for relevant content and then posted as links with a brief tweet summary. Please contact Deniz Cam if interested or have questions.