Oct. 11, 2016

Hey there IR concentrators!

I hope everyone feels rested and rejuvenated after the long weekend! It is now mid-October, which means a lot of deadlines in the Student Opportunities section of the newsletter are coming up fast. This week, I want to highlight one opportunity in particular: the Student Conference on U.S. Affairs (SCUSA).

SCUSA is an annual conference held at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. This year, the theme of the conference is Democracy and Democratization: Challenges and Opportunities. SCUSA is a once-in-a-lifetime experience during which you will be debating policy alongside renowned experts and peers alike, while also getting a chance to stay in the barracks, eat in the mess hall, and learn what life in a military academy is all about! Bridget Corrigan '16, the previous IR Student Assistant who Seniors will remember from previous newsletters, attended the conference last year and here's what she had to say about the experience: "Attending the Student Conference on US Affairs was by far one of the most rewarding experiences of my academic career. Not only was I given the chance to discuss and form policy with my most talented peers and highly qualified experts in the field, but I was also able to witness the starkly different college experience of cadets at one of the most prestigious military academies in the world."

The deadline to apply is next Monday, October 17th; I hope you consider applying to this prestigious conference.

Good luck with midterms!
IR Program Student Assistant

Announcements this week
  • Office Hours: This week Thurs, Fri
  • SENIORS: Action required for graduation -NOW!
  • SCUSA deadline approaching: Apply now!!
  • Royce Fellowship: Info Session
  • Important Dates: Changing courses from credit to audit


Meetings every other Tuesday at 7 p.m.
(meeting this week on October 11)
Watson Institute Room 112 
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Meetings every Monday at 9 p.m.
Macmillan 115

Oct. 11 Study Abroad Info Session at 12 p.m. in JWW 440
Oct. 17 Passport Day

Oct. 14 Finding Funding for Research



Concentration Advisor Office Hours 
Week of 10/10
Fri...................1.30-3.30* (Express walk-in) 
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*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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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 go through this process. Here’s how:


a) ASK -Update (but don't submit) your course plan in ASK. This will show which requirements are remaining for graduation.

b) Graduating Senior Revision Form -Complete and print the Revision Form with information about study abroad, independent study, and internships. 

c) Concentration Advisor -Make an appointment or come to Friday Express Hours with Dr. Elliott to obtain final approval. The process takes 10 minutes max! Be sure to bring a printed copy of your Revision Form.


Update the Capstone Catalog -All students are required to complete an entry in the online Capstone Catalog at the end of the semester to graduate. 

REMEMBER: You must take the capstone course for a grade and demonstrate research in a second language.


SCUSA 67: Last Chance to Apply!
"My experience at SCUSA 67 exceeded my expectations. At the conference, I not only enriched myself with a different way of thinking about my own country, but I also made personal contacts with scholars from West Point and other colleges. The unique insights I got from experiencing the life at West Point gave me a new understanding of the U.S. military." -Weiwei Liu '16 
(For more information on the conference, see Student Opportunities section).  

Royce Fellowship Info Session
Info session at Swearer Center (25 George St.) at 12 p.m. on Tuesday, October 13. The $4,000 award enables undergraduates to explore their developing interests and passions and extends the ideals of Brown’s open curriculum beyond the walls of the university.

Important Dates!
10/14: Last day to change course from credit to audit
11/1: Pre-registration for Spring 2017 begins
11/4: Deadline for GISP proposal submissions



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Featured Events


Info Session: Royce Fellowship
Tuesday, October 13 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Swearer Center (25 George St.)
Established in 1996 through the generosity of Charles Royce, a 1961 graduate of Brown University, the Royce Fellowship Program supports Brown University undergraduates as they carry out independent projects of their own design in locations across the United States and around the world. Along with funding, the program confers lifetime membership in the Society of Royce Fellows - a community of student scholars, faculty fellows, and Royce alumni that offers a forum for reflection, inquiry, and intellectual engagement within the university.


Watson Distinguished Speaker Series:
Reflections on the 20th Anniversary of the End of the Guatemalan Civil War, and  Thoughts on Guatemala's Future
When: Wednesday, October 12 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute (111 Thayer St.)
Who: Alvaro Enrique Arzu Irigoyen, 32nd President of Guatemala from January 14, 1996 until January 14, 2000.
Sponsor: Watson Institute, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies
Aside from his presidential term, Alvaro Enrique Arzu Irigoyen was elected Mayor of Guatemala City on five occasions: in 1982, but was prevented from assuming office because of a coup d'état; in 1986, this time assuming and serving his mandate; again in January 2004; and he was re-elected for a third effective term in September 2007 with 55 percent of the popular vote. Arzú was re-elected in September 2011 for a third consecutive term as mayor of the capital, which began in January 2012. He talks about his own experiences with the country's democratic system and the civil war, as well as his vision for Guatemala's future.
Lecture: India, Pakistan and Kashmir
When: Wednesday, October 12 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: Salomon Center Room 001 (79 Waterman St.)
Who: Barkha Dutt, journalist 
Sponsor: Center for Contemporary South Asia

Kashmir has witnessed yet another summer of discontent, unrest and violence. There have been long clashes between the armed forces and civilians. There has also been a militant attack on an army base. Many have died; many more are injured. More than any other Indian journalist, Barkha Dutt has reported from the ground and demonstrated the kind of knowledge rarely seen in Kashmir reportage. She will present her perspective on the current events. Barkha Dutt is an Indian television journalist and columnist who works as a consulting editor with New Delhi based NDTV. Barkha is the host of the weekly, award-winning talk-show We The People as well as the daily prime-time show The Buck Stops Here. She emerged as a prominent figure after her front-line war reporting on the Kargil Conflict between India and Pakistan in 1999.  Dutt has won many national and international awards, including the Padma Shri, India's fourth highest civilian honor.

Security Seminar Series: How Does International Intervention Work? Mechanisms for Securing Peace Settlements in Civil Conflicts
When: Thursday, October 13 from 4 p.m. to 5.30 p.m.
Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute (111 Thayer St.)
Who: Aila Matanock, Assistant Professor of Political Science at University of California at Berkeley
Sponsor: Watson Institute
There is emerging consensus that international intervention can secure peace by helping combatants overcome commitment problems following civil wars. But how do interveners accomplish this? Recent studies suggest that intervention primarily works through military force. We highlight an alternative mechanism: monitoring alongside non-military incentives conditioned on compliance with peace processes. Despite a rich literature on intervention, little effort has been made to systematically disaggregate and test these mechanisms. Alia Matanock uses United Nations peacekeeping data from 1946-2012 and case evidence on El Salvador to show that, contrary to common wisdom, forceful coercion is not necessary to overcome commitment problems, particularly in post-conflict settings. Non-forceful coercion is effective in prolonging peace—in fact, even when controlling for potential selection effects, it may be more effective than military force. This research has important implications for external efforts to secure peace in civil conflicts worldwide.



Conference: 2016 Student Conference 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: 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: Naval War College Internship
November 25
To Apply: Apply via UFunds
Eligibility: US Citizens; IR, DS or Public Policy concentrators
All academic internships at the Naval War Academy are volunteer experiences. Regretfully, no funding is available. Interns should have availability in their schedules to complete internships which consist of at least 100 hours of volunteer time; this means at least one full day or two half days per week. Email with any questions.

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.


Info Session: Social Innovation Initiative
October 14
Location: Swearer Center (25 George St.)
The Social Innovation Fellowship (SIF) is a platform for students and communities to develop innovations that address pressing social problems locally or globally. Fellows receive a year of mentorship and skills training, access to a network of innovators, and $4,000 to pursue their idea full time over the summer. Brown and RISD students are encouraged to apply.

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.

Fellowship: Fulbright Turkey
Deadline: October 11
Eligibility: See requirements
To apply: Apply online
Fulbright in Turkey provides grants to U.S. students who would like to come to Turkey to do research or to teach English at the universities in Turkey. Check out these flyers for more information on the Research and Study Program and the English Teaching Assistant Program.

Scholarship: Gates Cambridge Scholarship
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.

Fellowship: Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows Program
Deadline: November 1
To Apply: Apply online
Eligibility: Seniors
Dedicated to international exchange, the Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows Program offers five-month fellowships to leading democracy activists, journalists, and scholars from around the world.  During their time in residence at NED's International Forum for Democratic Studies, fellows reflect on their experiences and consider lessons learned; conduct independent research and writing; engage with colleagues and counterparts in the United States; and build ties with a global network of democracy advocates.

Fellowship: Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Program
Deadline: November 1
To apply: Apply online
The PPIA program prepares undergraduates to be competitive candidates for top degree programs in the fields of Public Policy, Public Administration or International Affairs. Accepted students participate in an intensive, 7-week, academic program during the summer before their Senior year on a Junior Summer Institute (JSI) campus. The JSI curriculum includes economics, statistics, domestic/international policy issues and leadership topics, all designed to sharpen the students’ quantitative, analytic and communication skills. 
"I participated in this program between my junior and seniors years at Brown, and it was one of the best programs I have ever participated in. It focuses on promoting minority interest in public policy/promoting focus on minority issues in public policy, and they provide generous funding for public policy graduation degrees." -Amy Chang IR '08.

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.
The award of up to $500 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

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. 

Scholarship: Critical Language Scholarship New!
Deadline: November 16, 2016
Eligibility: US Citizens
To apply: Apply online

The CLS Program is a program of the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. It is a fully-funded overseas intensive language and cultural immersion program for American undergraduate and graduate students. With the goal of broadening the base of Americans studying and mastering critical languages and to build relationships between the people of the United States and other countries, CLS provides opportunities to a diverse range of students from across the United States at every level of language learning. The fourteen CLS languages are: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, and Urdu.

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: 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 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: English Open Doors Program
Deadline: November 20 (for Spring '17, for other dates follow this link)
To Apply: Apply online
Eligibility: Seniors (see more details here)
This is a fee-free volunteer opportunity with the English Opens Doors Program (EODP)’s Volunteer Initiative, implemented by the Chilean Ministry of Education, and supported by the United Nations Development Program. The English Opens Doors Program’s mission is to increase the English proficiency of Chilean students and English teachers, an essential skill in aiding Chile’s continued development in our increasingly globalized world. The program is seeking motivated volunteers to serve as English teaching assistants in public middle schools and high schools throughout Chile, helping students develop their listening and speaking skills, as well as encouraging bilingualism and cultural exchange in the context of a government-run, United Nations sponsored initiative. Volunteers of the English Opens Doors Program gain real-world experience living and working abroad while learning (or improving) their Spanish-language abilities, and getting the chance to know an incredible country with a wealth of cultural and historical traditions and geographic diversity.

Activist Training: Change Corps New!
Deadline: Rolling
To apply: Apply online
Change Corps is a salaried, one-year, full-immersion training program in grassroots organizing. When Change Corps organizers complete their training, they’ll know how to organize people to get change unstuck on the issues they’re passionate about and will have an opportunity to become part of a wave of new organizers who will keep pushing and prodding our country forward for years to come.

Info Session: Department of State Internships, Fellowships, and Careers
 Monday, October 17 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Location: Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute (111 Thayer St.)
This is an information session hosted by Diplomat in Residence for New England, Jon Danilowicz,  who will talk about opportunities for internships, fellowships and careers with the Department of State. Jon will focus on opportunities for domestic and foreign internships with the State Department and will highlight opportunities in the Consular Fellows program. He will also touch on civil service career opportunities, the Pickering and Rangel Fellowship Programs, and the Foreign Service Officer selection process. Jon is based at Fletcher/Tufts University and is also available for individual consultations and can be reached at

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
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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