Oct. 5, 2015

Hi IR Concentrators!

Can you believe we've already been in school for a month?! Now that 
we're in the first week of October, many deadlines are rapidly approaching for Student Opportunities. I want to draw your attention to one opportunity in particular, the Student Council on U.S. Affairs (SCUSA), an annual conference held at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. 

I went to the conference last year and had an incredible experience. In addition to debating policy alongside renowned experts and peers alike, I stayed in the barracks, ate in the mess hall, and learned what life in a military academy is all about. As someone with very little previous exposure to the US Military, it was an eye-opening experience that left me with a feeling of profound respect for West Point cadets.

The deadline to apply to SCUSA is next Monday, October 12th. I sincerely hope you consider applying to this prestigious conference. The experience is truly once in a lifetime.

IR Program Student Assistant

Announcements this week
  • SENIORS: Revisions required for graduation
  • OFFICE HOURS: Fall 2015 Office Hours
  • SCUSA 67: Apply now! Deadline NEXT MONDAY!
  • IR DUG- No meeting this week! Spots open for lunch with Professor McGuirk
  • Remember- Next Monday= Holiday! No University Exercises!
Here's a picture of me during the weapons display at the conference, holding a typical gun carried by combat soldiers. It was shockingly heavy! 


Announcements & News
Student Opportunities

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Grant Finding @ Brown and Beyond
Tuesday, Oct. 6, 12 pm
Rockefeller Library, Hecker Room
Registration required

Intro to GIS with ArcMap
Tuesday, Oct. 6, 3 pm
Rockefeller Library, Hecker Room
Registration required

Archives 101
Tuesday, Oct. 6, 4 pm
John Hay Library, Bopp Room
Registration required

Get the "Scoop" on Studying Abroad
Monday, Oct. 5, 12 pm
J Walter Wilson Lobby

Ice cream!

Brown in UK & Ireland
Tuesday, Oct. 6, 12 pm
J Walter Wilson Room 440

Brown +1
Wednesday, Oct. 7, 12 pm
J Walter Wilson Room 440

Brown in UK & Ireland
Wednesday, Oct. 7, 4 pm
J Walter Wilson Room 440


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Seniors - Revise Concentration Forms to Graduate- Now!
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 or come in during Friday Walk-In Express Hours.

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 10/5
Fri...............12-2 (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!


SCUSA 67: Put Your IR Skills to Work! Application Due October 12
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. 


IR DUG Announcements
1. No meeting this Tuesday, October 6

2. There are a limited number of seats available for a Professor Lunch with Professor Eoin McGuirk this Tuesday, October 6 at 1pm. Contact the IR DUG if you are interested. Kabob and Curry will be served!


Mark your Calendars!
10/6: Last day to change course grade option (5 p.m.) Tuesday!
10/12: Fall Weekend, no classes Next Monday! 
10/16: Last day to change course from credit to audit (5 p.m.)
11/3: Pre-registration for Spring 2016 begins



Watson Events

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Featured Events

Info Session: Royce Fellowship

When: Monday, October 5 at 4 p.m.
Where: Stephen Robert '62 Campus Center, Memorial Lounge (Room 229)
Sponsor: Royce Fellowship
Discussion includes an overview of the Fellowship, appropriate research or applied projects, the application, and selection process.

Info Session: Demystifying the Grad School Application Process
When: Wednesday, October 7 at 12 p.m. 
Where: J Walter Wilson Room 201
Sponsor: CareerLAB
Interested in applying to graduate school but have questions about when you should go - right after Brown or should you wait? What is the application timeline? What about Master's versus PhD? Are you wondering what a statement of academic purpose is, or a research statement? What about funding graduate study? Join Dr. Richard Rambuss (ENGL), Dr. Tara Nummedal (HIST), and Dr. Margot Jackson (SOC) as they address these topics and more.

Info Session: Go Government Webinar Series: Your Federal Career in D.C. and Beyond
When: Wednesday, October 7 at 2 p.m. 
Where: Watson Institute, Birkelund Board Room
Sponsor: CareerLAB
Federal jobs aren’t limited to the confines of the Beltway. Discover the various agencies that have well-paying jobs available all over the country, and learn which missions align best with your personal goals and priorities. Space is limited and registration is required. 

Info Session: Spring UTRAs
When: Wednesday, October 7 at 4 p.m.
Where: Stephen Robert '62 Campus Center, Petteruti Lounge
Sponsor: Dean of the College
Interested in conducting research during the academic year? Students interested in research and course development projects in the arts, humanities, and sciences are encouraged to attend. 


Lecture: Hiroshima: What Do We Know After Seventy Years of Debate about the Most Important Event in World History?
When: Thursday, October 8 at 4 p.m.
Where: Brown-RISD Hillel, Winnick Chapel
Who: Martin Sherwin, Professor of History, George Mason University.
Sponsor: History Department
Martin Sherwin is a Pulitzer Prize winning author (with Kai Bird) of American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer. Part of  "The 70th Anniversary of the Dawn of the Atomic Age" series.

Networking Event & Panel Discussion: Media and Journalism
When: Thursday, October 8 from 5:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Where: CareerLAB (167 Angell St.)
Sponsor: CareerLAB
This event features alumni from the Media and Journalism industry including a networking dinner, panel presentation with the alums, and dessert reception. The following day will be small group meetings with these alumni to chat through their experiences and ask any questions you may have about their role or the industry. Part of the industry specific CareerCon Satellite Programs. Registration required.


Film Screening & Discussion: American Sniper
When: Friday, October 9 from 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Where: Metcalf Research Building, Room 101 
Sponsor: Taubman Center for Public Policy
Nominated for 6 Academy Awards, American Sniper was the highest-grossing film of 2014 and the highest (inflation-adjusted) grossing war film of all time. But it also attracted significant controversy for its glorification of the Iraq War and its portrayal of Arab Muslims. join us to watch the movie and then analyze it critically, with a panel of experts, examining questions such as: what is the effect of the movie on the American consciousness of our foreign wars? How does the portrayal of the "enemy" in the film impact Arab and Muslims living in America? Food provided before the film.




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: 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 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.

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: Luce Scholars Program 
Deadline: Monday, 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: Tuesday, 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.

Fellowship: Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Program New!
Deadline: November 1, 2015
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.

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.


Teaching: English Opens Doors Volunteer Program New!
Deadline: November 29, 2015
To Apply: Apply online
Eligibility: Must be 21 years or older
Program Dates: March 16, 2016 - July 25, 2016 
The English Opens Doors Program is seeking native and near-native English speaking volunteers to teach English under the supervision of Chilean teachers in public schools throughout Chile, working with students from 5th to 12th grade. 


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.