March 14, 2016

Hi IR concentrators!

Not much to report this week. Consider applying for the opportunities I mentioned last week: IR Riccio Prize and Watson LINK Awards.  

Make sure you're keeping an eye on impending deadlines...remember, its always better to get it done early!

The days are getting warmer and spring break is just around the corner. We've got this!
-Bridget Corrigan
IR Program Student Assistant

Announcements this week:
  • Office Hours: Monday, Thursday, Friday
  • Senior Graduation Requirements: Don't miss the deadlines!
  • Riccio Prize: Nominate Yourself by 4/15!
  • Honors Thesis Application: Deadline 4/8
  • Watson Sponsored LINK Awards: Deadline 4/15
  • Spring Fellowship Events: Rhodes, Marshall, and more
  • Mark Your Calendars: Spring Break Coming Up!


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Concentration Advisor Office Hours 
3/14 - 3/18
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Thur...........2-4 (Appt)
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Seniors - Graduation Deadlines!

April 4 Application to Graduate in Banner
Students must fill out the Application to Graduate in Banner no later than April 4, 2016 in order to receive a diploma at Commencement.

May 15 Capstone Catalog on IR Website
Students must submit a capstone catalog entry. 

Nominate Yourself Today!
Anthony Riccio Prize in International Relations
Eligibility: IR Seniors
To apply: Apply via UFunds
Deadline: Rolling until April 15, 2016

Awarded to that graduating senior who has demonstrated an unquenchable curiosity about another part of the world, a commitment to the rigorous learning of a foreign language, an intrepid pursuit of study abroad, and a pride in his university and in his country. See Opportunities.

JUNIORS: Want to Write a Thesis? Apply Now!
Eligibility: IR Juniors
Deadline: April 8, 2016
To apply: Download the application
See more information

Summer Internship Funding!
Watson Sponsored LINK Award

Eligibility: Rising IR/DS senior or junior in good academic standing, and returning to study at Brown the following fall
To apply: Apply via UFunds. Send an email to Anita Nester notifying her of your intention to apply for the Watson-sponsored LINK award.
Deadline: Second round: April 15 domestic internships only (12pm)
See Opportunities.


Fellowship Events
3/17: Mitchell Scholarship Thursday!
3/21: Rhodes Getting Started Workshop
4/5: Marshall Getting Started Workshop
4/14: Fulbright Orientation
4/20, 4/28, 5/10: Fulbright Getting Started Workshops
Download the full schedule.


Mark your Calendars!
3/26 - 4/1: Spring break!


Watson Events

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Featured Events

Info Session: How to Find an Internship or Job While Abroad
When: Monday, March 14 at 6 p.m.
Where: CareerLAB (167 Angell St.)
Sponsor: CareerLAB
Come to a CareerLAB panel of former study abroad students who were looking for internships and jobs while they were studying overseas.


Roundtable Discussion: The 2016 Presidential Election and the Hispanic Vote
When: Tuesday, March 15 at 12 p.m.
Where: Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute (111 Thayer St.)
Who: Daniel Denvir, Salon Magazine; Heather Silber Mohamed, Professor of Political Science, Clark University; Domingo Morel, political activist and Professor, Wellesley College. Moderated by Felipe Martínez-Pinzón, Hispanics Studies, Brown University
Sponsors: Watson Institute, Center for Caribbean and Latin American Studies
Hispanics are a big part of the debate in this year's Presidential election. Two Republican candidates are of Cuban descent while immigration has been at the center of the debate in both parties. With the primaries in Florida fast approaching, and after a Super Tuesday that left Republican Donald J. Trump leading the polls for his party, this roundtable discussion explores what is at stake for Hispanics in this election, the political future of this thriving community, and the ways in which Democrats and Republicans are both competing for Hispanic support.

Lecture: The Human Rights Impact of Businesses Linked to Israeli Settlements
When: Tuesday, March 15 at 4 p.m.
Where: Watson Institute, McKinney Conference Room (111 Thayer St.)
Sponsors: Watson Institute Security Seminar Series, International Relations Program, Middle East Studies, J Street U Brown
Sarah Saadoun began working in Human Rights Watch's Middle East and North Africa division as the Leonard H. Sander fellow in September 2014, soon after graduating from Columbia Law School. Sarah presents a new Human Rights Watch report, Occupation, Inc. The report examines the human rights impact of the businesses operating in the Israeli-occupied West Bank and calls on them to end their settlement-related activities.


Info Session: Masters of Public Affairs
When: Wednesday, March 16 at 12 p.m.
Where: 59 Charlesfield Street, Seminar Room
Sponsor: Taubman Center for American Politics and Policy
Change the world--accelerate your impact with just one more year at Brown. The One-year Accelerated Brown MPA features flexible curriculum emphasizing analytical skills, domain knowledge, and field experience. There is a focus on global and domestic policy, global policy experience, and action learning consultancy. The deadline to apply is April 15. Register here.

Lecture: Must Privacy Give Way to Use Regulation?
When: Tuesday, March 15 at 4 p.m.
Where: Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute (111 Thayer St.)
Who: Helen Nissenbaum, Media, Culture, and Communication, New York University
Sponsors: Watson Institute, 2016 Cybersecurity Speaker Series,  Brown University Executive Master in Cybersecurity
Projected benefits of data science and the paradigm of big data are not compatible with the regulation of information collection prompted by concerns over privacy. So goes a compelling and popular argument. Dr. Nissenbaum will challenge this perspective not only because it plays suspiciously well with the dominant business model of the commercial information industry but also because it rests on misconceptions and ambiguities of key terms. She will unravel the debate between those who continue to see value in protecting privacy and those who would forgo privacy in favor of use regulation. There is no denying some of the genuine and unprecedented challenges to privacy posed by data science, but letting it go will undermine a cornerstone of individual freedom.


Info Session: Mitchell Scholarship
When: Thursday, March 17 at 12 p.m.
Where: Brian Room, Maddock Alumni Center
Sponsor: Dean of the College Fellowships
The Mitchell scholarship is a highly prestigious nationally competitive scholarship for one year of graduate study in any discipline at a college or university in Ireland or Northern Ireland. The Mitchell scholarship looks for students with strong academic records, a commitment to community and public service, and leadership abilities. Only 12 Mitchell scholars are selected annually from a large national pool. Mitchell scholars therefore have the opportunity to form close bonds with each other and learn a great deal about Ireland and help to build stronger relationship between Ireland and the United States. 

Lecture: The National Origins of Policy Ideas
When: Thursday, March 17 at 4 p.m.
Where: Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute (111 Thayer St.)
Who: John L. Campbell, Professor of Sociology at Dartmouth College
Sponsors: Watson Institute, European Politics Seminar
In politics, ideas matter. They provide the foundation for economic policymaking, which in turn shapes what is possible in domestic and international politics. Yet until now, little attention has been paid to how these ideas are produced and disseminated, and how this process varies between countries. The National Origins of Policy Ideas provides the first comparative analysis of how "knowledge regimes"--communities of policy research organizations like think tanks, political party foundations, ad hoc commissions, and state research offices, and the institutions that govern them--generate ideas and communicate them to policymakers.



Prize: Undergraduate Prize for Excellence in Library Research
Eligibility: Current, full time students. Project cannot be honors thesis. Must have been completed during 2015. Can be individual or team project.
To apply: Apply online
Deadline: April 1, 2016
This prize recognizes excellence in undergraduate research projects that make creative and extensive use of the Brown University Library's collections, including but not limited to print resources, databases, primary resources, and materials in all emdia. Entries may take the form of a traditional paper, a database, a website, or other digital project. Up to two $750 prizes may be awarded. 

Prize: Anthony Riccio Prize in International Relations
Eligibility: IR Seniors
To apply: Apply via UFunds
Deadline: Rolling until April 15, 2016
Awarded in memory of Anthony Brian Riccio, Brown Class of 1996, who lost his life in Moscow on September 20, 1994, to that graduating senior who has demonstrated an unquenchable curiosity about another part of the world, a commitment to the rigorous learning of a foreign language, an intrepid pursuit of study abroad, and a pride in his university and in his country. Applicants must submit a personal statement justifying their nomination, a written faculty recommendation from Brown, and any pertinent supporting materials. One $300 prize awarded.

Funding: Watson Sponsored LINK Award
Eligibility: Rising senior or junior concentrating in International Relations or Development Studies in good academic standing, and returning to study at Brown the following fall
To apply: Apply via UFunds. Send an email to Anita Nester notifying her of your intention to apply for the Watson-sponsored LINK award.
Deadline: Second round: April 15 domestic internships only (12pm)
These awards provide funding for internships with an international focus in areas aligned with at least one of the Institute's core research areas — security, development, and governance—and its mission to promote a just and peaceful world. Internships may be in the US or abroad. More information on LINK awards.


Competition: BrownThink 
When: April 8 - 10, 2016
To register: Register online
BrownThink is Brown University's first Public Policy competition, open to Brown undergraduates of all concentrations. The competition focuses on immigration policy, and the team with the best legal immigration reform receives a $500 cash prize and other recognitions. Come meet professionals in the legal immigration field and other Brown students! 

Forum: Young Diplomats Forum 2016
When: July 11 - 15, 2016
Where: London, United Kingdom
To apply: Submit a personal statement no more than 500 words and a current CV via email to:
Young Diplomats Forum is a global gathering of diplomats and aspiring diplomats below the age of 35. Past participants have come from more than 150 countries.  The number of delegates for each edition is limited to 75. Participants meet other diplomats, ambassadors, ministers, members of the parliament, government's officials, journalists, academics, and diplomacy experts to discuss different perspectives of global events.


Internship: Savantas Liberal Arts Academy (SLAA) English Teacher
Where: Hong Kong
To apply: Submit your resume, a writing sample, and a short cover letter to
Deadline: Rolling deadline
Savantas Liberal Arts Academy (SLAA) is the education arm of the Savantas Policy Institute, a think tank that specializes in policies supporting Hong Kong's transformation into a knowledge-based economy. This summer, SLAA will be offering a five-week English program for secondary school students. Students will be recruited from local schools and come from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds. We are seeking two (2) English Teacher interns to work alongside our full-time staff to run the English classes this summer. The intern will be responsible for designing lesson plans, teaching sessions, grading assignments, and providing personalized help to students outside class. The intern will be given a great amount of freedom and is encouraged to incorporate his/her academic interests into the curriculum. The internship is paid. The amount of pay will be determined according to experience and education level. 
Internship: City Internship's Global Internship Summer Program 
To apply: Apply online
Deadline: Rolling deadline
The Global Internship Program operates in the world’s leading cities – London, New York, Los Angeles & Hong Kong – and provides an immersive and formative experience that is focused on enabling undergraduates and graduates to convert their skills, ambition and academic accomplishment to professional success. The program is structured around an eight week internship placement, with a leading employer in the student’s chosen field, which is complemented by a series of inclusive career seminars and workshops, guest speaker and networking events, social events, and weekend excursions.


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.

Career Fair: Career in International Affairs Fair
When: April 26, 2016
Where: Global Diplomatic Forum - 6 Mitre Passage London, Greater London SE10 0ER GB
To Register: Register online
Deadline: Rolling
The Careers in International Affairs Fair is an annual meeting in which prospective students, universities, recruiters, and experts network, share their offerings, and exchange insights in the field. 


Volunteer: VE Global in Santiago, Chile
To apply: Apply online
VE Global selects and recruits volunteers from all over the world to participate in its volunteer program in Santiago de Chile. VE Global works with children’s shelters, community centers and a school for children with special needs. VE Global is committed to selecting candidates that are passionate and responsible, with a strong desire to change outcomes for children at social risk.

Volunteer: Armenian Volunteer Corps 
To apply: Apply online
AVC's Volunteer Corps invites volunteers 21 years of age and older, of all backgrounds from across the globe, to volunteer in Armenia for a minimum stay of one month to a maximum of one year, to serve in a job placement of their own choosing. Placements are available year-round in a wide variety of sectors and organizations, including business, education, environmental sciences, arts and culture, finance, health, governmental and non-governmental agencies. In addition to placements, AVC provides all logistical support from airport pick-up, to host-family living arrangements, Armenian language classes, and more.

Volunteer: Project Esperanza Volunteer Trips 
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, learn, see another part of the world, and have some fun, this is the trip for you!


Summer Program: Northern Ireland: Politicians, Paramilitaries, and Peace
Program Dates: June 25 - July 3, 2016
Where: George Mason University, Northern Ireland
Deadline: Saturday, March 20, 2016
To apply: Apply online
CRDC's summer 2016 course, "Politicians, Paramilitaries, and Peace," takes students to Belfast, Northern Ireland, to learn about the linkages between the political and grassroots levels in a conflict that has evolved significantly over the last 50 years but still faces challenges of reconciliation and integration. In both Belfast and Derry/Londonderry, we'll examine how the post-conflict scenario evolves and delve into the challenges of a process that is frozen in the period of conflict management rather than moving on to conflict transformation and conflict resolution. 

Scholarship: 2016 TUSA Summer Ambassador Scholarship 
Deadline: March 31, 2016
To apply: Apply online
The Taiwan-United States Sister Relations Alliance (TUSA) Summer Scholarship Program is an Ambassador program. A unique program designed for students who will be representing their state, as well as the United States, and acting as ambassadors to Taiwan. Learn Chinese language and culture.

Summer Course: The History and Culture of Central Europe 
Program Dates: 
June 4 - 26, 2016
Where: Warsaw, Poland
Deadline: April 1, 2016
To apply: Apply online
A three-week course, led by Alexandra Richie, author of Faust’s Metropolis and Warsaw 1944: Hitler, Himmler, and the Warsaw Uprising. Through an understanding of history, this course offers a rich, entertaining, multi-disciplinary, and comprehensive insight into the culture, politics, and modern life of Central Europe. This is a critically important region and has been a global flashpoint for centuries. This course includes travel to Krakow and Berlin.

Summer Course: Security Issues and Central Europe 
Program Dates: 
June 25 – July 10, 2016
Where: Warsaw, Poland
Deadline: April 1, 2016
To apply: Apply online
A two-week course offering a broad overview of the challenges faced by the countries of Central Europe and also by NATO and the European Union in the XXI century. It will focus on topics such as cybersecurity, energy security, intelligence, and the media.  The main focal point will be the NATO summit, which will be held in Warsaw on 8-9 July 2016. This course, also led by Alexandra Richie, brings together an impressive group of guest lecturers as students are guided through the procedures and topics of the summit. 

Summer Course: Elites and Politics in New and Old Democracies 
Program Dates: 
June 4 - 26, 2016
Where: Warsaw, Poland
Deadline: April 1, 2016
To apply: Apply online
A two-week course looking closely at these key social-political actors who are capable of affecting political and policy outcomes of nation-states regularly and seriously. In the new democracies of Central and Eastern Europe, political elites have played a crucial role in recent political history. In addition to extensive exploration of this region as a case study, we will also study elite theory and the role of elites in old democracies.

Summer Course: Introduction to Cybersecurity Policy 
Program Dates: 
July 9-24, 2016
Where: Warsaw, Poland
Deadline: April 1, 2016
To apply: Apply online
A two-week course providing students with a comprehensive understanding of cybersecurity as a domestic and international policy issue; it will focus on cybersecurity's role in a functioning state and examine different dimensions of cybersecurity: inter-state, transnational, civil, economic, corporate, and individual. Discuss contemporary cybersecurity strategy studies and related policies. Learn about data theft, web defacement campaigns, cyberterrorism, and targeted cyber-espionage attacks.

Summer Program: GWU U.S. Foreign Policy in a Global Era
Program Dates: July 11-23 
Where: George Washington University, Washington, D.C.
Deadline: May 1, 2016
To apply: Apply online
Held in the heart of Washington DC, these dynamic two-week seminars are ideal for students and professionals from around the world who wish to learn more about how U.S. foreign policy is formulated, the history that informs it, the political culture that sustains it, the ideas and interests that drive it, and the people and institutions responsible for its implementation.The U.S. Foreign Policy in a Global Era seminars will be especially attractive to those interested in political science, international relations, American studies, area studies, public policy or public administration, journalism, and business.

Activist Training: Change Corps 
Deadline: Rolling
To apply: Apply online
Change Corps is a salaried, one-year, full-immersion training program in grassroots organizing. When Change Corps organizers complete their training, they’ll know how to organize people to get change unstuck on the issues they’re passionate about and will have an opportunity to become part of a wave of new organizers who will keep pushing and prodding our country forward for years to come. For more information contact Lucy Sedgwick '11. Various locations.


Write: International Finance Journal
To submit: Submit online
Deadline: Wednesday, March 16, 2016
The Intercollegiate Finance Journal (IFJ) is a rapidly expanding student-run publication that spans 9 universities in the US. We seek to educate the undergraduate community about topics in finance, economics, business and technology. The IFJ blends sophistication and accessibility to provide relevant, informative and entertaining financial content. Want to get your voice heard by thousands of readers across the country? Want to join a network of students and IFJ Alum that are in or getting in to business, tech, finance and consulting? Want to get experience being part of a business-like organization? Positions both on the writing side and business side are now open!

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. 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.