Oct. 3, 2016

Hi IR Concentrators!

We have already arrived at the month of October -- the month of beautiful foliage all around campus, endless amounts of pumpkin, ginger spice, butternut squash, candy corn, and of course pretty soon, midterms! Also in the month of October are a lot of important deadlines, as you will notice in the 
Student Opportunities section of the newsletter.

But before all of that, we have a long weekend coming up at the end of this week! Monday, October 10 is Indigenous Peoples' Day and there will be no University exercises. I suggest you take this extra time to not only go apple picking and running around in corn mazes, but also to catch up on some school work that you may have fallen a little behind on and start thinking ahead about summer internship applications. Seniors, don't forget that you must revise your concentration information in order to graduate! Sophomores and juniors who want to study abroad in the Spring through Approved Alternative Programs or Global Independent Study Programs, now is the time to finish up those applications. I will send out the next issue of the newsletter on Tuesday, October 11.

Have a wonderful week,
IR Program Student Assistant

Announcements this week
  • Concentration Advisor Office Hours: Thurs, Fri
  • Seniors: Requirements for graduation!!
  • SCUSA 67 Student Conference: App due in two weeks!
  • Library Workshop: Research in the Social Sciences Today!
  • Important dates: No classes next Monday, Oct. 10!


Meetings every other Tuesday at 7 p.m.
(next meeting on October 11)
Watson Institute Room 112 
Email | Web

Meetings every Monday at 9 p.m.
Macmillan 115

Oct. 4 Study Abroad Info Session
Oct. 4 Study Abroad 101 General Info Session
Oct. 6 GLISP Info Session

Oct. 5 Applying to Graduate School in the Social Sciences


Concentration Advisor Office Hours 
Week of 10/3
Fri...............   1.30-3.30* (Express walk-in) 
Make an appointment.
*Express Hours reserved for quickly answerable questions (pre- and post-study abroad approval, course selection, and senior revisions). 10 minutes max!
Student Assistant Office Hours
Email me anytime with questions at

Seniors: Concentration revision required for graduation!
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:
1) ASK -Update and submit your course plan in ASK. This will show which requirements are remaining for graduation.
2) Graduating Senior Revision Form -Complete and print the Revision Form with information about study abroad, independent study, and internships. 
3) Concentration Advisor -Make an appointment with the Concentration Advisor (Dr. Elliott) to obtain final approval. Be sure to bring with you a printed copy of your Revision Form.
Update the Capstone Catalog -All students are required to complete an entry in the online Capstone Catalog to graduate. This includes a 100 word max abstract of the project and reflective analysis. The IR Capstone Catalog is advised and monitored by the IR concentration advisor. REMEMBER: You must take the capstone course for a grade and demonstrate research in a second language.

Note for seniors who studied abroad: If you have not yet completed the paperwork on study abroad credits for IR, then you should do so ASAP.

SCUSA 67 Student Conference --last two weeks to apply!
"...SCUSA was an amazing chance to broaden my horizons on multiple fronts, and I’m very thankful for being able to go. I would gladly recommend it to any future students as a way to expand one’s understanding of a variety of issues in international relations, make new friends, and have a very fun weekend!" -Bruno Zuccolo '16 
(For more information on the conference, see Student Opportunities section).  

Library Workshop: Research in the Social Sciences
Make sure you attend this workshop today at 2 p.m. at the Digital Scholarship Lab on the first floor of the Rockefeller Library if you want to become an expert on conducting library research in any social science discipline.


Important Dates
10/4: Last day to change course grade option or add a course with late fee Tomorrow!
10/10: Indigenous Peoples' Day -- no classes!
10/14: Last day to change a course from credit to audit



Watson Events

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Featured Events

Library Workshop: Research in the Social Sciences
When: Monday, October 3 at 2 p.m.
Where: Digital Scholarship Lab (first floor of the Rockefeller Library)
Sponsor: The Rockefeller Library
This workshop provides a quick overview of many of the Brown University Library resources that students, faculty, and staff might need for social sciences research projects. You will learn about finding and organizing social sciences research literature, use subscription services to visualize, query, and download social sciences data, and how to find and access peer reviewed research data deposited in repositories. Also provided will be an introduction to software and other tools that may be useful in your research.

Info Session: Royce Fellowship
When: Monday, October 3 at 4 p.m.
Where: Swearer Center for Public Service (25 George Street)
Sponsor: Royce Fellowship
The info session will include a discussion on the application and selection processes for the Royce Fellowship. Session will include descriptions of funded projects and opportunities for participants to speak with the Fellowship Director and current Fellows.

Info Session: Brown Wintersession
When: Monday, October 3 at 4 p.m.
Where: Petteruti Lounge, Stephen Rob ert '62 Center (75 Waterman Street)
Sponsor: Dean of the College
This session will cover important information related to Brown's inaugural Wintersession, including: eligibility, course offerings, registration, finances, housing, and campus life.

Lecture: The Challenge of Racial Inclusion in Brazil: the Case of Higher Education
When: Tuesday, October 4 at 12 p.m. 
Where: Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute (111 Thayer Street)
Who: Marcia Lima, Professor of Sociology at University of Sao Paolo
Sponsor: Brazil Initiative
How have race relations and inequalities been analyzed in the Brazilian academic debate? Has the issue of race changed over the last decades? In an attempt to answer those questions, this presentation discusses the scenario of racial inequalities in Brazil as concerns access to higher education.

Info Session:
Master of Public Affairs
When: Tuesday, October 4 at 12 p.m.
Where: Public Policy Building, First Floor (59 Charlesfield Street)
Sponsor: Watson Institute

Learn about the one-year MPA degree at Brown University's Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, accepting applications now for the class starting June 2017. 

Info Session: Spring UTRAs
When: Tuesday, October 4 at 4 p.m.
Where: Petteruti Lounge, Stephen Robert '62 Center (75 Waterman Street)
Sponsor: Dean of the College
Interested in conducting research during the academic year? Learn about Undergraduate Teaching and Research Awards (UTRA) at an Information Session for spring semester UTRAs only. Students interested in research and course development projects in the arts, humanities, and sciences are encouraged to attend. RSVP here.


Panel: Clinton, Trump and the Middle East: What Is At Stake In the US Elections?
When: Thursday, October 6 at 5.30 p.m.
Where: Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute (111 Thayer Street)
Who: Guest Speaker Rami Khouri, Brown Faculty Member panelists Narges Bajoghli, Jeffrey Colgan, Beshara Doumani, and Stephen Kinzer
Sponsor: Middle East Studies

Critical Conversation is a once-a-semester panel featuring a keynote speaker with short responses from Brown scholars, followed by an open discussion. The format is 20 minutes by the guest speaker, and about 5-8 minutes by panel members. The guest speaker, Rami Khouri, Senior Public Policy Fellow at the American University of Beirut and Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School, will be speaking to, "Has the United States learned anything from its 15-year-old non-stop wars in the Middle East?" This event's goal is not “balance” of narratives, but a hard look at the fundamental structures, power relations, and deep politics of the topic at hand. 

Info Session: GLISP
When: Thursday, October 6 at 12 p.m.
Where: J Walter Wilson, Room 440 (69 Brown Street)
Sponsor: Office of International Programs
If you are interested in participating in a Global Independent Study Project (GLISP) during your semester abroad, plan to attend this information session hosted by the Office of International Programs (OIP).



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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

Grant: Pembroke Center Undergraduate Research Grants
October 7
Eligibility: See details for each grant
To apply: Apply online via UFunds
The Pembroke Center invites applications from current Brown students, from any concentration or field, to apply for our research grants and internship. Please see individual grant descriptions and guidelines. Students with projects appropriate for more than one grant may apply for multiple grants, although it is unlikely a student would be awarded more than one.

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: Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Program New!
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.

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

Research Award: CLACS Undergraduate Research Award
Deadline: November 1
To Apply: Apply by email (follow directions below)
Eligibility: All undergraduates can apply. Preference will be given to concentrators in Latin American and Caribbean Studies and members of the CLACS Undergraduate Fellows program.
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

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

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


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

Job: Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
Deadline: Multiple September deadlines for multiple job openings, see deadlines here
To apply: Apply online
This unique, two-year rotational fellowship sits at the intersection of the federal government and the financial services industry. With a focus on data-driven policy making, Director’s Financial Analysts are given the opportunity to hone analytical and problem solving skills while helping make markets for consumer financial products work for Americans. The program has served as a springboard for previous Analysts’ careers. Graduates of the program have moved on to graduate school (Yale Law, Harvard Business, Columbia Economics), private industry (Amazon, Uber, Wells Fargo), and public sector opportunities (Department of the Treasury, Federal Reserve Bank of New York). 
Job: Impact
Deadline: Rolling
To Apply: Apply online
If you are interested in joining a team of passionate people to make an impact on issues like global warming, clean water, big money’s influence over our democracy and other issues that matter to our future, consider a job with Impact. Impact is a nonprofit that runs action campaigns. We work in states where we can win positive change for our environment, our democracy and our future.


Volunteer 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.


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

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

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


Grad Program: Graduate Certificate in Terrorism Analysis from University of Maryland
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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