December 16, 2016

Dear IR Concentrators,

Welcome to the special Winter Break Edition of the Newsletter! Over the next month, I hope you all take some time to relax, spend time with loved ones, enjoy holiday festivities, and catch up on sleep.

This is also a great time to start figuring out plans for the summer or for after graduation, and get a head start on applications due during the spring. I've compiled some great opportunities that have deadlines during and immediately following the break. These range from summer internship and research positions, publication opportunities, scholarships and fellowships, to volunteer trips. You can also check out the Watson undergrad opportunitiesCareerLAB and fellowship websites for additional resources and opportunities for the spring.

Have a wonderful break and happy holidays!

IR Program Student Assistant

NOTE - The winter edition of the newsletter is longer than usual, so if the content is 'clipped' at the bottom, please click the link to view!


Seniors: Capstone Catalog Reminder
For students completing the senior capstone requirement this fall, don't forget to complete an entry in the online Capstone Catalog
Required for graduation!!


Honors: IR Honors Program Application (due Friday, April 7)
Considering the IR Honors Program? Thinking about writing a thesis? Then get a head start on the Honors application during Winter Break!
"[The Honors Program] has been the most challenging but most rewarding experience of my time at Brown, [an experience] that takes all accumulated knowledge and skills to a next level." -Ana Carolina Barry Laso '13
Requirements, application details, timeline, FAQs, student testimonials!
New Student Group: Central American Club
A group of Central American students on campus are coming together to create a Central American club! If you identify as Central American and want to help in the efforts, fill out this Google Form by December 22 at midnight EST. If you have any questions before filling out the Google Form, please email



Fellowship: Middlebury College Fellows for Peace - Kathryn Davis Fellowships in Critical Languages
To apply: See application details
Deadline: December 15
The Kathryn Davis Fellowships for Peace: Investing in the Study of Critical Languages are meant to address today's critical need for increased language proficiency in the United States. The Kathryn Davis Fellowships cover the full cost of summer language study from beginner to graduate levels in Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew, Japanese, Portuguese, and Russian at the Middlebury College Language Schools. The Davis Fellowships are merit-based and intended for exceptionally qualified individuals with demonstrated interest in one or more of the following areas: international, global, or area studies; international politics and economics; peace and security studies; and/or conflict resolution. Individuals in other fields are encouraged to apply if their field of expertise requires them to study one of the critical languages listed above.
Fellowship: Social Innovation Fellowship
To apply: See application details
Deadline: December 23

Eligibility: Rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors
The Social Innovation Fellowship provides 15-20 students with up to $4,000 to grow a social venture over the summer, supported by a year of intensive skills training, complementary coursework, and a community of social entrepreneurs on campus offering mentorship and critique. The SI Fellowship is the overarching program for both C.V. Starr Social Entrepreneurship Fellows and Leslie Altman Social Entrepreneurship Fellows. In addition, there are two seats in the program available to RISD students and two seats available for graduate students from the Taubman Center for Public Policy’s Masters in Public Affairs program.

Fellowship: Blakemore Freeman Fellowships in Asian Languages
To apply: Apply online
Deadline: December 30
Eligibility: Seniors
Blakemore language grants are awarded to individuals pursuing academic, business, or other professional careers who would benefit from improved fluency in an East or Southeast Asian language. The fellowships fund a year of advanced language study at the Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies in Yokohama, the Inter-University Program for Chinese Language Studies at Tsinghua University in Beijing, the International Chinese Language Program at National Taiwan University in Taipei, and similar programs in other countries of East and Southeast Asia.

Fellowship: Scoville Peace Fellowship
Eligibility: Seniors
To apply: See application details; apply by email
Deadline: January 6
The Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship invites recent college and graduate school alumni to apply for six to nine month fellowships in Washington, DC, focusing on arms control, peace, and international security issues. Scoville Fellows work with one of more than two dozen participating public-interest organizations. They may undertake a variety of activities, including research, writing, public eduction and advocacy on a range of security issues, including nuclear, chemical and biological weapons, non-proliferation, missile defense, weapons trade, environmental and energy security, and peacekeeping, that support the goals of their host organization, and may attend coalition meetings, policy briefings and Congressional hearings. Candidates must have an excellent academic record and a strong interest in issues of peace and security. The program is open to all U.S. citizens and non-U.S. citizens living in the U.S. eligible for employment. Benefits include a $2,900 monthly salary, health insurance, board and alumni mentoring, travel to Washington, DC to begin the fellowship, and a small stipend to attend meetings or take a course.
Scholarship: Kosciuzko Foundation Scholarships for Language Study in Poland
Eligibility: U.S. Citizens; rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors
To apply: See application details
Deadline: January 10
This scholarship supports semester and yearlong Polish language studies during academic year October - June at the Center of Polish Language and Culture in the World at the Jagiellonian University in Cracow. Funding is provided jointly by the Polish Ministry of Education and the Kosciuszko Foundation. The Scholarship includes acceptance to the program, a tuition waiver and a Ministry stipend in the amount of 1,350 zloty per month for housing and living expenses. Additional funding of $900 per semester is awarded by the Kosciuszko Foundation.
Fellowship: Humanity in Action Fellowship
Program dates: May 24 - June 26 (and other dates)
To apply: Apply online
Deadline: January 4
Intensive and demanding, the Humanity in Action Fellowship brings together international groups of university students and recent graduates to explore national histories of discrimination and resistance, as well as examples of issues affecting different minority groups today. Each program is highly interdisciplinary and features daily lectures and discussions with renowned academics, journalists, politicians and activists, as well as site visits to government agencies, non-profit and community organizations, museums, and memorials. The objective of the Humanity in Action Fellowship is to facilitate a collective exploration of the social and political roots of discrimination, as well as to provide a forum where potential solutions to some of today's most challenging issues can be considered and discussed. 
Fellowship: Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Summer Enrichment Program
Eligibility: U.S. citizens; 3.2 - 4.0 GPA; rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors
To apply: Apply online
Deadline: February 2
The International Affairs Summer Enrichment Program offers the following three courses at Howard University over the six-week period:
  • History of U.S. Foreign Relations – This course explores the major events and themes in U.S. foreign relations since the 19th century and identifies the widest possible causes, actors and effects of foreign relations.
  • Political Economy – This course reviews the U.S. economy, introduces terms and tools used in public policy analysis and discusses current international economic topics including trade, globalization and the role of international financial institutions.
  • Writing – This course aids in developing a student's ability to draft, in a clear, concise and persuasive manner, a variety of different types of documents needed to pursue professional and academic interests in international affairs.
Scholars have the chance to meet with a wide range of professionals from government and non-governmental organizations who can talk about diverse international policy issues and career options. In recent years, the Scholars have met with former Secretary of State Rice, the Director General of the Foreign Service, Congressman Rangel and dozens of other foreign affairs professionals.
Fellowship: Projects for Peace
To apply: Apply via UFunds
Deadline: January 13
Projects for Peace is open to all undergraduates at the 90 institutions (including Brown) that are part of the Davis United World College Scholars Program. Students are invited to design grassroots projects that they implement during the summer. The 100 projects judged to be the most promising and feasible will be funded at $10,000 each. The program is made possible by Kathryn Wasserman Davis, an accomplished internationalist and philanthropist, who celebrated her 105th birthday in 2012.

Fellowship: Arthur Liman Public Interest Summer Fellowship
To apply: Apply via UFunds
Deadline: January 13
The Arthur Liman Public Interest Summer Fellowship is sponsored by the Dean of the College Office in conjunction with Yale Law School. This fellowship makes it possible for students to accept an unpaid summer internship in the area of public interest law, broadly defined.  Public interest law includes helping those who may lack resources to retain attorneys, engaging in advocacy work, or participating in shaping public policy. Undergraduate Fellows have worked in areas such as civil legal services for criminal defendants, children's rights, immigrants’ right, drug policy, and the death penalty. Internships can be with organizations that provide civil or criminal legal services to individuals, representation of particular groups, entities focused on problems of legal and public policy, or law-related media. Students must secure their own placements; however, there is some advising support available through the Liman program for students who do not already have a secured internship before the fellowship is awarded.
Fellowship: Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship
Eligibility: US citizens (and see website for more details)
To apply: Apply online
Deadline: January 13
The Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship Programs are a collaborative effort between the United States Department of State and the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation.  The Programs provide academic and professional preparation for outstanding candidates to enter the U.S. Department of State Foreign Service, representing America’s interests abroad. Pickering Fellows are undergraduate and graduate students in academic programs relevant to international affairs, political and economic analysis, administration, management, and science policy. Pickering Fellows receive mentoring, professional development, and financial support as they prepare to enter the Foreign Service.  Upon successful completion of the Foreign Service examination, Pickering Fellows make a commitment to a minimum of five years of service in an appointment as Foreign Service Officer. Candidates must be able to obtain medical, security and suitability clearances in order to remain in the program.

Fellowship: The Beinecke Brothers Scholarship Fund
Eligibility: Juniors who are U.S. Citizens
To apply: See application details
Deadline: January 27
Beinecke Scholarships are awarded to undergraduates in their junior year to support graduate study at a university in the United States or abroad. The program seeks to encourage and enable highly motivated students to take fullest advantage of graduate opportunities available to them and to be courageous in the selection of graduate study programs. This year, twenty-two Beinecke Scholarships will be awarded to college juniors who have demonstrated unusual ability in fields of study they intend to pursue at the graduate level in a masters or doctoral program. 

Fellowship: Josephine de Karman Fellowship
Eligibility: Seniors
To apply: See application details
Deadline: January 31
The Josephine de Karman Fellowship Trust was established in 1954 by the late Dr. Theodore von Karman, world renowned aeronautics expert and teacher and first director of the Guggenheim Aeronautical Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology, in memory of his sister, Josephine, who died in 1951. The purpose of this fellowship program is to recognize and assist students whose scholastic achievements reflect professor von Karman's high standards. Approximately eight total fellowships, $22,000 for graduate students and $14,000 for undergraduate students, will be awarded for the regular academic year. Undergraduate applicants should have exceptional recommendations and grades plus a compelling record of original research or scholarship.

Scholarship: Boren Scholarship

Eligibility: U.S. Citizens
To apply: See application details
Deadline:  February 2
Interested in studying abroad? Want money to do it? Boren Scholarships provide up to $20,000 to U.S. undergraduate students to study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. Boren Scholars study less commonly taught languages, including but not limited to Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Swahili. Applicants must identify how their study abroad program, as well as their future academic and career goals, will contribute to U.S. national security, broadly defined.  NSEP recognizes that the scope of national security has expanded to include not only the traditional concerns of protecting and promoting American well-being, but also the challenges of global society, including sustainable development, environmental degradation, global disease and hunger, population growth and migration, and economic competitiveness.
Fellowship: Royce Fellowship
To apply: Apply via UFunds
Deadline: February 7
Every spring, up to twenty students at Brown are inducted into the Society of Royce Fellows, each receiving an award of up to $4,000 to pursue a research, curricular development, or public service project of his or her own design. The program seeks to enable undergraduates to explore their developing interests and passions and to extend the ideals of Brown’s open curriculum beyond the walls of the university. All rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors who will be on campus for at least one full academic year are eligible for the Royce Fellowship Program.
Fellowship: Undergraduate Teaching and Research Awards (UTRAs)
To apply: See application details
Deadline: February 10
Karen T. Romer Undergraduate Teaching and Research Awards (UTRAs) support Brown students collaborating with Brown faculty on research and teaching projects during the summer or the academic year. Named for the dean who launched the program in the 1980s, UTRAs provide students with valuable academic experience that prepares them for graduate study and that contributes directly to course development at Brown.
Fellowship: South Asian Studies Student Fellowship
To apply: Apply via UFunds
Deadline: February 22
The South Asian Studies Student Fellowship supports a graduate or undergraduate summer project related to any region of South Asia outside of India. The South Asian Studies Fellowships offers $4,000 and supports student research interests in Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Sri Lanka. Projects may include research, an internship, a language learning program or a combination thereof.
Fellowship: Laura W. Bush Traveling Fellowship
Eligibility: US citizens
To apply: See application details
Deadline: February 28
The fellowship helps fund a proposal designed by the applicant to conduct brief work in a foreign country related to the mandate of UNESCO – using education, natural sciences, social and human sciences, culture, and/or communication and information to build strong ties among nations. The fellowship is intended for American college/university students who express an interest in international collaboration but as of yet had not been afforded many opportunities to travel abroad. During his/her travel, the recipient should be willing to participate in public diplomacy events arranged with the pertinent U.S. State Department Consulate, Mission, and/or Embassy. Following the travel, the recipient agrees to submit a report describing experiences and analyzing objectives achieved; share his/her experiences with others; and be available to make a presentation to the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO.

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

Fellowship: Emery Fellowship

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

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

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

Funding: Brown LINK/SEW
To apply: Apply via UFunds
Deadline: First Round: March 10; Second Round: April 12
Each year, Brown awards financial assistance to students pursuing unpaid or low-paying summer internships. These awards allow students to explore career options and engage in experiential learning activities outside the classroom. Students must apply for or secure an internship that is unpaid or that pays less than $1,000 before applying for funds. The Brown LINK Award Program is funded by Brown alums and parents, and the Office of Financial Aid and administered by the Center for Careers and Life After Brown.
The Marla Ruzicka International Public Service Fellowship provides $4,000 to support the summer plans of one Brown undergraduate who displays the characteristics of compassion, determination, and selflessness in the pursuit of international human rights, post-conflict rehabilitation, or international public service in its most noble spirit, and whose summer plans reflect those traits.
Fellowship: Jack Ringer Summer in Southeast Asia Fellowship
To apply: Apply via UFunds
Deadline: March 31
The Jack Ringer Summer in Southeast Asia Fellowship is made possible through the generosity of Jack Ringer '52, who served in Burma after graduating from Brown. The award provides Brown students with up to $4,000 to support summer travel to Southeast Asia to conduct research or work in an internship.
Grant: Watson Summer Thesis Travel Grants
To apply: Apply via UFunds
Deadline: April 25
Eligible applicants for summer 2016 research travel are concentrators in International Relations (IR) and Development Studies (DS) who need to travel to conduct fieldwork for an approved senior thesis. To apply, please send a one-page summary of the purpose of your trip and how it relates to your senior thesis research to: On a separate page, your application should include a budget showing travel and other expenses. It should state precisely how long you will be traveling and other sources of support (including any you plan to apply for). We expect to award up to four travel grants, which will be funded by Watson (up to $2,000) administered through the IR and DS concentrations.
Grant: Research at Brown Grant
To apply: Apply via UFunds
Deadline: Rolling
Research at Brown (RAB) grants support student-initiated research projects in the sciences, the humanities, and the fine arts. The Program supports student research and travel to present papers at conferences. Students may submit proposals for up to $500 of funding at any time. The RAB budget is divided into spring and fall allocations. When each semester’s allocations are spent, new applications cannot be considered until the next funding cycle. Students are therefore encouraged to submit proposals as early as possible.

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

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

Write: Critical Theory and Social Justice Journal of Undergraduate Research at Occidental College
To submit: See submission guidelines
Deadline: December 31
CTSJ is dedicated to providing a forum for undergraduate students to develop and share critical research and writing on the intersections of "race", "sexuality", and "nationality" as they relate to problems of social justice. The journal seeks to foster exchange of ideas across disciplines and deepen understandings of systems of injustice, and in this way advances the mission of Occidental College: to develop critical, thoughtful, and active participation in an increasingly pluralistic and conflict ridden global culture. CTSJ welcomes original research articles, essays, and reviews from students of all disciplines.
Write: The Journal for Undergraduate Ethnography
To submit: See submission details
Deadline: January 31
The Journal for Undergraduate Ethnography (JUE) seeks to distribute original student-produced work from a variety of disciplinary areas. Our goal is to bring readers, especially other undergraduates, insights into subcultures, rituals, and social institutions. We expect crossovers with anthropology, sociology, American studies, urban studies as well as programs in education and marketing. The JUE encourages current undergraduates or those who have graduated within the past twelve months to submit original ethnographic manuscripts for consideration. Manuscripts may include research on any subject. 

Write: The Brown Political Review
To submit: See submission guidelines
Deadline: TBD (Early Spring Semester)
Like politics? Like writing? Want to write about politics in a nonpartisan student publication? Submit a pitch to Brown Political Review! BPR’s magazine publishes all its content from the Brown community, choosing student work based on pitch submissions. A “pitch” is a 100-300 word idea for an article, editorial, Op-Art, or any other great idea students have. Students can send BPR as many pitches as they would like. Two common types of articles are exposé or argument. In the first couple sentences, the student should describe what he/she wants to write about and why, then use the rest of the space to flesh out those ideas. If the student is writing an argument, he/she should provide references. BPR strives to publish unique perspectives on today’s (and tomorrow’s) most important political issues. Examples of possible article topics: national debate topics (equal rights, education reform, gun violence, etc.); international affairs (revolutions, human rights, austerity programs, etc.); local politics (Rhode Island electoral politics, University policies, etc.).
The Dialectics: Journal of Leadership, Politics, and Society, a refereed, multidisciplinary online journal devoted to scholarship and discourse, is currently accepting high quality essays on issues of public importance. Papers should have a single thesis, be focused, identify significant societal and global issues, and offer creative solutions or specific recommendations for addressing the challenges. Students from institutions in the United States or abroad are cordially invited to submit their work for review.
Write: World Outlook: Journal of International Affairs at Dartmouth College
Eligibility: Recent graduates (seniors will be eligible after graduation)
To submit: See submission guidelines
Deadline: Rolling
World Outlook welcomes submissions from all current and recently-graduated undergraduate students, regardless of institutional affiliation. Content from most academic disciplines is accepted, provided that papers are relevant to the field of international relations. Please familiarize yourself with work typically published in World Outlook before submitting.

Write: Al-Noor: The Boston College Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies Journal
To submit: See submission guidelines
Deadline: Rolling; authors will be notified of the status of their submission the following January or June
Al-Noor seeks to provide students a medium for publishing about the Middle East and Islam and promote a discourse about the diverse opinions, myriad cultures, histories, and perspectives that comprise the Middle East.
Critique provides a forum for graduate and undergraduate students of politics to express and exchange diverse ideas and to imagine new possibilities for democracy and justice. The electronic format of Critique provides an alternative venue that expands political debate by creating space for the emergence of new ideas. Such a medium broadens the horizon for undergraduate and graduate publications and serves to lift typically unheard voices in academia. The editors firmly believe that budding scholars introduce valuable ideas that must be heard in order to understand the changing nature of our global community. Thus we encourage articles about politics that take seriously the growing opportunities for social change and new possibilities for enacting policy nationally and internationally.
The journal combines undergraduate and faculty involvement to create a cooperative approach to the peer review process and is registered with the Library of Congress. Since we accept submissions from all disciplines of undergraduate study and from any accredited institution of higher education, JUR is a truly unique journal.  Submissions may include original research, abstracts, editorials, reviews, or other creative works. Undergraduate associate editors, peer reviewers, and faculty reviewers will rigorously review each submission. Any research submission must include the Permission to Publish completed and signed by the student's faculty advisor(s) and other coauthors.
This journal's main objective is to present the best of undergraduate research from across the country. Discussions accepts research papers written by current undergraduate students from accredited colleges and universities around the globe. The research can be on any topic, not limited to science or engineering. A student may submit a paper from a class, as long as his/her work presents a new and innovative idea.


Conference: International Youth Leadership Conference

When: January 8-13
Where: Prague, Czech Republic
To apply: Apply online
The International Youth Leadership Conference (IYLC) is a weeklong forum on world politics, international relations, law, media, business, and global economy. The theme of the conference is a "cross-cultural exchange of young ideas concerning the future of world leadership." The conference blends social interaction with cultural and educational components into one cohesive experience. In simulation activities, students have the opportunity to test their leadership skills, debate current issues, deliver speeches, draft resolutions, make executive decisions, and realize through experience the complexities of international relations. By participating in simulations that recreate a United Nations Security Council crisis meeting, an International Criminal Court hearing, and a model European Parliament session, students begin to understand international relations and relationships through practice as opposed to theory (as taught in their university curriculum).

Conference: United Nations Economic and Social Council - ECOSOC Youth Forum
When: January 30 - 31
Where: UN Headquarters, New York

The Youth Forum provides a platform for young people to engage in a dialogue with Member States and other actors on concrete commitments and actions to realize the Sustainable Development Goals at the national, regional, and global levels. Examples and projects where youth are already making a difference will be showcased. Avenues for young people to contribute to the intergovernmental review of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda will be identified, including ways that youth can partner with the UN system, civil society, and Governments to ensure implementation. The Forum will also identify possible youth technology tools to monitor and track implementation.

Conference: Naval Academy Foreign Affairs Conference 
When: April 11-13
Where: United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, Marlyand
To apply: The application will be released by the IR Program via UFunds in the next few weeks
Deadline: January 10
The Naval Academy Foreign Affairs Conference (NAFAC) offers a unique forum for the discussion of pressing political issues and the interaction of future military officers and civilian leaders within the historic halls of the United Stated Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. Delegates are placed in a small-group roundtable. Led by a midshipman moderator and assisted by a subject expert advisor, each group focuses on how their specific sub-topic plays a part in the context of the larger theme. Part of the student’s involvement in the conference is the submission of a 1,000-1,500 word policy paper that will be presented to his or her roundtable in the opening session. Students wishing to compete for recognition as best conference paper should instead submit a more extensive 2,500 word paper for review by the NAFAC senior stat and Naval Academy Political Science Department faculty. This year's theme is "A New Era of Great Power Competition".  Junior and senior IR concentrators are eligible to apply.

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


Masters Program: Keough School for Global Affairs at the University of Notre Dame
Deadline: December 15
To Apply: Apply online
The masters program will offer concentrations in Peace Studies, Sustainable Development, and Global Affairs with customizable specialization. For the inaugural cohort, all admitted students will receive a full tuition scholarship and a living stipend. Courses will be taught by a multi-disciplinary group of faculty, and will include intensive practical experience, both in integration labs on campus and in field placements over the summer.

Masters Program: MA in Religion, Politics, and Global Society at the University of Virginia
Deadline: December 15
To Apply: Apply online
This MA engages students with the complex challenges of building peace in the twenty-first century, training them to analyze and assess violent conflict with particular attention to the diverse roles played by religious actors. Hosted by UVA’s distinguished faculties in religious studies and politics, and featuring scholars from across the university, the multi-disciplinary program facilitates advanced research in peace studies, politics, religion, foreign affairs and global studies, and prepares students for work in foreign service, peacemaking, second-track diplomacy, global development, community organizing, and/or religious leadership.

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.

Masters Program: Masters Program in International  Affairs at The New School, New York
Deadline: January 15 (for Fall '17)
To Apply: Apply online
If you are thinking about post-graduate studies in IR, The New School in New York City offers:
  • A flexible MA/MS in International Affairs that combines critical thinking and engaged learning in an intimate learning environment. Explore the concentrations in Development, Conflict & Security, Media & Culture, Governance & Rights, and Cities & Social Justice and the rich practice curriculum at
  • An International Field Program that offers rigorous academic study and hands-on experience through partnerships with community-based organizations, NGOs, universities, and government agencies. Find out more about the 2017 field sites in Brazil, Cuba, India, South Africa, and the Balkans at
  • The United Nations Summer Study program explores the full range of issues addressed in the United Nations system -- peace and security, economic development, and human rights and humanitarian affairs -- and connects them to local issues in New York. Explore the UN Summer Study course and the unique opportunities offered by the United Nations Summer Practicum at
Summer Program: United Nations Summer Study
To apply: See application details
Deadline: March 31
The United Nations Summer Study (UNSS) program, offered by The New School’s Graduate Program in International Affairs, puts graduate and undergraduate students on the ground in the United Nations and in New York City. Unlike other UN study programs, UNSS takes you beyond a narrow focus on security and diplomacy to investigate development, human rights, humanitarian action, peacekeeping and peacebuilding, environmental, and reform issues. UNSS course work prepares you to understand and engage with contemporary issues, policies, and debates in international affairs. UNSS practicums, not found in any other UN summer program, enable you to gain hands-on experience in the UN system.

Fellowships: Breakthrough Generation
To apply: See application details
Deadline: February 15
Breakthrough Generation is the young leaders initiative of the Breakthrough Institute, a paradigm-shifting think tank committed to rejuvenating progressive thought for the 21st century. Breakthrough is best known for its climate and energy policy work, but fellows next summer have the opportunity to work on either Energy and Climate, Conservation and Development, or Economic Growth and Innovation. Each summer, Breakthrough offers highly competitive fellowships to top young analysts, writers, and thought leaders from around the world. Founded in 2007, Breakthrough Generation seeks to foster the development of a new generation of leaders capable of fully grappling with the scale and complexity of today's greatest challenges.
Internship: USAID Africa Bureau Summer Internship Programs 
To apply: See application details
Deadline: Not specified
In sub-Saharan Africa, USAID works to help build sustained and well-governed states that respond to the needs of their people, reduce widespread poverty, and conduct themselves responsibly in the international system. Our assistance to Africa aims to help African governments, institutions, and organizations advance good governance principles and innovative approaches to health, education, economic growth, agriculture, and the environment. Interns have the opportunity to contribute to USAID’s work in Africa while learning valuable lessons about international development and working closely with our staff members. The work assigned to an intern in most office divisions includes research, writing program memoranda, drafting documents, facilitating meetings and special events, attending program discussions in the Agency and at the Department of State, and communicating on program issues for USAID field Missions abroad.

Study: Middlebury Summer Language Schools
Program dates: See program details
To apply: Apply online
Deadline: December 15, February 1, March 15
Every summer, students and teachers, scholars and artists, entrepreneurs and political leaders from around the world gather at the Middlebury Language Schools. They apply their considerable efforts to one goal—creating the richest, most effective language-learning environment on earth. Those who arrive with basic language skills expand them dramatically, allowing them to engage with native speakers in an informed discussion of cultural, political, or social issues. The catalyst for this progress is the Language Pledge, a promise made by students, faculty, and staff to communicate solely in their language of choice for the duration of their time in the program. Summer programs are offered in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.

Spring Internship: Society for International Development Spring Program Associate
Program dates: mid-January through mid-June
To apply: See application details 
Deadline: Rolling
An internship at SID-Washington is an invaluable opportunity for young people interested in pursuing a career in international development. As a Spring Associate, you will meet high-level professionals with years of experience in the field and in Washington, DC – perhaps even your future employer!

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


Masters Programs: Masters Programs in International History at the London School of Economics
Deadline: January 17
To Apply: Apply online
The LSE’s Department of International History invites applications for three 12-month Master’s degree programmes beginning in Fall 2017. The LSE is one of the world’s leading institutions for historical study and research. It is placed 6th globally in the most recent QS World University Rankings for History, above UCLA and Princeton. The LSE’s history postgraduates also enjoy very high employment rates, with 94.1% in employment or further study six months after graduation. Places are available on three programmes:
  • MSc History of International Relations is the Department’s flagship programme. Concentrating on the modern period from the Renaissance to the Cold War, it is designed to be extremely flexible with no compulsory courses. Students can therefore tailor their degrees to fit their own areas of interest.
  • MSc Theory and History of International Relations is taught jointly with the Department of International Relations. A competitive programme, it allows students to take both history and IR courses, sampling both theoretical and empirical approaches to international relations.
  • MSc Empires, Colonialism and Globalisation is for those who wish to focus on imperial and global history in trying to understand the emergence of the modern world. Alongside a compulsory core course, student select options from the Departments of International History, Economic History and Government, as well as the Gender Institute.
Summer Internship: The US International Council on Disabilities
 January 10
Program dates: May 28 - July 29
To Apply: Apply online 
The United States International Council on Disabilities (USICD) launched its internship program in 2013. USICD's internship program focuses on U.S. citizen youth with disabilities who intend to pursue careers in international development or foreign affairs. The summer 2017 internship program will bring a group of talented U.S. citizen graduate students, recent graduates, and rising college juniors and seniors with disabilities from across the U.S. to Washington, DC, for nine weeks.  This will include a one-week training and orientation program followed by an eight-week internship at an international organization in the Washington, DC, area.  USICD will cover the cost of accessible housing during the program, reimburse travel expenses to and from DC from US locations, and provide a limited stipend.

Post-grad Internship: Presidential Internship in Cairo
Deadline: January 20
To apply: Apply online
Eligibility: Seniors
Established in 1981, the Presidential Internship Program at The American University in Cairo (AUC) provides recent university graduates the opportunity to spend an academic year working at the highest levels of an international university, learn Arabic, and experience life in Egypt. Participants intern full-time in one of eight university offices, working in a range of fields including University administration, sustainability, finance, student development, advancement, communications, and more. This program provides recent graduates the unique opportunity to begin their professional careers while abroad. Program benefits include a monthly living stipend, furnished faculty housing, private Arabic tutoring, access to AUC faculty and staff programs, community-based personal development, subsidized trips around Cairo and Egypt, and more.

Study: Master of Global Affairs (MGA) Program, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto
To apply: See application details
Deadline: January 25
The University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs combines training in analytical methods and practical management skills with an immersion in the latest thinking on global issues. The Master of Global Affairs degree positions graduates to accelerate their careers in business, government and NGOs, as these sectors pursue their strategies in an increasingly interconnected and multipolar world.

Travel/Learning Camp: Asian Youth Leaders Travel and Learning Camp 2017
When: February 9 - 13
Where: Singapore
To register: Register online
Deadline: January 5
Asian Youth Leaders Travel and Learning Camp takes place this year at the National University of Singapore from February 19 - 23, 2016. This year, the program is be incorporating learning and traveling in the largest cruise of Asia. Apart from learning about Singapore, a multiracial, multilingual, and multicultural society, our student leaders also have the opportunity to get a closer understanding about development in Malaysia. What students leaders learn is not only be unique to Singapore and Malaysia, but also applicable to their home countries, as well as the increasingly interconnected and interdependent world. Through engaging activities to enhance their abilities in cross-cultural interaction and cooperation, the camp aims at equipping students to be effective leaders.

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

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

  • Balkan, Eurasian and Central European Studies (BECES)The BECES program offers English-speaking students  a deep and versatile exploration of “the East”, understood as the territory composed of Central Europe, the Balkan peninsula, and the countries of the former Soviet Union, including those in the Caucasus and Central Asia. Primary attention is paid to modern history, politics and diplomacy, as well as to fundamental social, cultural and economic problems. The program also offers students the chance to learn or improve their knowledge of the Czech language and some other languages of the area.
  • Central European Comparative Studies (CECS)The CECS program focuses on the region composed of Germany, Austria and the Visegrad countries (the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland and Hungary) with overlapping interest in neighboring countries. The program is offered either in the form of a full-time program of study or as part-time study (optimized for working people with classes held on Friday afternoons).
  • European Politics and Society (EPS)The EPS is a multidisciplinary two-year Joint Master Degree Program linking the fields of European politics, contemporary history and culture, economy, international relations and policy-making. The first semester of the EPS Program is based on Master level introductory courses (in Prague), the second semester focuses on EU related courses (Krakow, Leiden). In the third and fourth semesters, the program offers four different study tracks reflecting the diverse expertise of the Consortium members (Prague, Krakow, Barcelona, and Leiden). Each track combines various elective courses, research methods training, an internship and language tuition with an advanced research dissertation supervised by key staff from each Partner University.
  • Master in Area Studies (MAS): The MAS interdisciplinary program offers expert knowledge and analytical-synthetic skills focused on modern history and current developments of Europe, Eurasia, and North America.
  • Institute of International Studies, Charles University in Prague offers one double-degree program taught in English in cooperation with the School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES)International Masters in Economy, State and Society (IMESS)IMESS is a leading international double-degree program in comparative area studies. Divided into three tracks (Economy & Business, Politics & Security, Nation, History & Society), IMESS focuses on the culture, economy, history, politics and society of Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe and Eurasia.
Spring University: Understanding Europe in an Age of Uncertainty
Dates: April 2-April 13
To Apply: Apply online
Deadline: February 22
The objective of the Spring University Prague 2017, “Understanding Europe in an Age of Uncertainty”, is to provide students with a broad understanding of the most significant political and social issues in contemporary Europe. The course provides an interdisciplinary approach and combines multiple learning methods, such as lectures, workshops, round-table discussions, field work, group-work and student presentations. Students will not only have the opportunity to explore a range of interesting topics and gain valuable insights into the current challenges and risks to the development of Europe, but will also have occasion to improve their research and presentation skills. Moreover, there will be numerous free-time activities that will provide participants with a chance to enjoy the wide range of attractions that Prague has to offer.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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