Sept. 21, 2015

Hey IR Concentrators!

The end of shopping period is here-- I hope all of you have nailed down your schedule and feel excited about the courses you're taking this fall! Now that school is picking up, I encourage you to check out the research workshops held at the library listed in the right hand column of the newsletter.  These workshops walk you through critical time-saving tools that you can use when conducting research and writing papers. The research librarians who teach these workshops are incredibly knowledgeable and are a valuable resource that you should be utilizing!

One of my favorite tools to use is Zotero--its a great program for organizing your references and makes citations a breeze. You can install an extension to your browser so at the click of a button all citation information from webpages you visit while researching are automatically saved. I learned about Zotero in a first year seminar and have sworn by it ever since!

Have a great week!
IR Program Student Assistant

Announcements this week
  • OFFICE HOURS: Fall 2015 Office Hours
  • SCUSA 67: Apply now!


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Student Opportunities

Weekly meetings 
Tuesdays at 7 p.m.
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Intro to Social Science Research Resources

Monday, Sept. 21, 3 pm
Registration required

Intro to ARTStor and Luna Insight
Wednesday, Sept. 23, 4pm
Rockefeller Library, Hecker Room

Registration required

Basic Mendeley
Thursday, Sept. 24, 12 pm
Rockefeller Library, Hecker Room
Registration required

Zotero Citation Management
Friday, Sept. 25, 2 pm
Rockefeller Library, Digital Scholarship Lab
Registration required

Brown in Spain
(Granada & Barcelona)

Monday, Sept. 21, 12 pm
J Walter Wilson Room 440

Brown in UK & Ireland
Tuesday, Sept. 22, 4 pm
J Walter Wilson Room 440

Brown in Cantabria
Wednesday, Sept. 23, 12 pm
J Walter Wilson Room 440

General Study Abroad
Wednesday, Sept. 23, 4 pm
Brown Center for Students of Color

Swedish Program
Thursday, Sept. 24, 4 pm
J Walter Wilson Room 440

Brown in UK & Ireland
Friday, Sept. 25, 12 pm
J Walter Wilson Room 440


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Week of 9/21
Fri...............12-2 (Express walk-in)
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*Express Hours reserved for quickly answerable questions (pre- and post-study abroad approval, course selection, and senior revisions). 10 minutes max!

Mingle With Top Policy Advisors at West Point!
Held annually at the US Military Academy at Westpoint, N.Y., the Student Conference on U.S. Affairs (SCUSA) is the largest, oldest, and most prestigious undergraduate conference of its type in the world. Throughout the conference, student delegates and cadets debate and formulate policy recommendations that realistically model American strategic responses to significant national and global challenges (see Student Opportunities section). Don't miss this unique opportunity! Sponsored by the IR Program and the Mellon Foundation. All expenses paid. 


Mark your Calendars!

9/23: Last day to add a course without a fee (5 p.m.) Wednesday!
10/2: Info Session: Grad Schools in International Affairs (12-noon)
10/6: Last day to change course grade option (5 p.m.)
10/12: Fall Weekend, no classes
10/16: Last day to change course from credit to audit (5 p.m.)



Watson Events

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Lecture: Drugs, Thugs, and Diplomats: US Policymaking in Colombia Today!
When: Monday, September 21 at 4:00 p.m.
Where: Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute (111 Thayer St.)
Who: Winifred Tate, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Colby College
Sponsors: Watson Institute, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies
In 2000, the U.S. passed a major aid package to help Colombia do it all: cut drug trafficking, defeat leftist guerrillas, support peace, and build democracy. More than 80 percent of the assistance, however, was military aid, while the Colombian security forces were linked to abusive, drug-trafficking paramilitary forces. Drugs, Thugs, and Diplomats examines the U.S. policymaking process in the design, implementation, and assessment of Plan Colombia. This ethnography examines policymaking as a site of contemporary state formation, revealing that policy is not a discrete, fixed plan for future political action but rather consists of producing narratives that justify political action in the present and unite disparate bureaucratic projects. Part of the Security Seminar Series.

Info Session: Truman Scholarship
When: Thursday, September 24 at 4 p.m.
Where: Stephen Robert '62 Campus Center, Petteruti Lounge (75 Waterman St.)
Sponsor: Dean of the College-Fellowships
The Truman Scholarship is for juniors who have outstanding leadership potential and intend to pursue careers in public service, broadly defined. The award provides $3,000 for the senior year and $27,000 towards graduate or professional school. See Student Opportunities.

Book Presentation and Lecture: Raw Cuts: Palestine, Israel, and (Post) Colonial Studies
When: Thursday, September 24 at 4:30 p.m.
Where: Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute (111 Thayer St.)

Who: Ann Stoler, Willy Brandt Distinguished Professor of Anthropology and History, The New School
Sponsor: Middle East Studies
Ann Stoler presents from her forthcoming book "Duress: Concept-Work for Our Times" and addresses the place of Palestine in (Post)Colonial Studies.


Lecture: Degrees of Clientelism in the World's Largest Democracies
When: Friday, September 25 at 2 p.m.
Where: Joukowksy Forum, Watson Institute (111 Thayer St.)
Who: Aseema Sinha, Wagener Chair of South Asian Politics and George R. Roberts Fellow, Claremont McKenna
Sponsor: Watson Institute, Brown-India Initiative
This lecture is part of the Brown-Harvard-MIT Joint Seminar on South Asian Politics, which approaches some of the big questions of politics, political economy and security, on which the South Asian region in general, and India in particular, offers engaging perspectives. 




Conference: 2015 Student Council on US Affairs (SCUSA)
Conference Dates: November 4 - 7, 2015
Deadline: October 12, 2015
To Apply: Apply via UFunds
Eligibility: IR Junior or Senior
Want to hobnob with key policy makers? Like to discuss solutions to global challenges? The Student Conference on US Affairs is one of the most prestigious conferences of its kind. This is an annual four day conference hosted at The 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 roundtable sessions.

The theme of this year's conference is Confronting Inequality: Wealth, Rights, and Power. Sponsored by the IR Program and the Mellon Foundation. All expenses paid. See more information here. Please direct all questions about the application process to

Conference: G200 Youth Forum New!
Conference Dates: April 6 - 10, 2016
Deadline: Early application: September 30, 2015
To apply: Apply online
The G200 Association is an international NGO which brings together the alumni of association’s forums, as well as independent experts in areas relevant to international development agenda. Young leaders from around 200 countries who are successfully building their careers in Ministries, Administrations of Heads of States, Parliaments, international organizations, national and transnational companies, regional authorities and non-governmental organizations are members of the G200 Association. The G200 Association unites those who make key decisions on a worldwide scale and today are already participating in the development of our future.

Conference: 2015 Northeast Regional Model Arab League New!
Conference Dates: November 6 - 8, 2015
To Register: Register online
Each academic year thousands of students participate in Model Arab Leagues across the United States and the world. Through participation in the Model Arab League program students develop essential skills from leadership and public speaking to critical thinking and writing, all while also gaining practical, immediate knowledge about a critical region – the Middle East and the Arab world. 


Internship: US State Department Student Internship
Deadline: October 16, 2015
Eligibility: See requirements
To apply: Apply online
Throughout the year, the U.S. Department of State offers up to 1,000 internships at diplomatic facilities around the world, at its headquarters in Washington DC, in New York City, and other facilities in cities throughout the United States. This unpaid program provides the opportunity to work in U.S. Embassies and Consulates throughout the world, as well as in various bureaus located in Washington, D.C. and at Department offices spread around the United States. This program is designed to provide substantive experiences in a Foreign Affairs environment. 

Student Liaison: Student Ambassador Exchange
Deadline: September 30, 2015
To apply: Email resume and brief cover letter introducing yourself and explaining interest to Emily Schatzle

Student Ambassador Exchange gives foreign high school students the opportunity to study abroad in the United States for a semester or academic year. Students are placed with host families and get enrolled in local high schools. Throughout the year, local coordinators living in the same community as the students monitor their welfare and act as a liaison between the school, the host family, and the student. The position is part time (no more than 5 hours per week) and there is a small stipend, making this is a great opportunity for a college student interested in international exchange to gain some experience while also getting to know someone from a different culture. 

Internship: Fall 2015 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 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.

Internship: Environment America
Deadline: Rolling deadline
To apply: Apply online
Environment America is looking for students who care deeply about the environment and are ready to make a difference now. Interns learn how to analyze environmental problems, push for smart solutions, and build the public support it takes to win. They work side-by-side with one of our organizers, learning the ropes and attend briefings and trainings to learn even more about environmental issues and gain organizing skills.


Fellowship: Scoville Peace Fellowship New!
Deadline: October 1, 2015
Eligibility: Graduating seniors
To apply: Apply online
Scoville Fellows may undertake a variety of activities, including research, writing, public education, and advocacy in support of the goals of their host organization and may attend coalition meetings, policy briefings, and Congressional hearings. Former Scoville Fellows work for U.S. and international NGOs, the Departments of Defense, Energy, State, and Treasury, members of Congress, academia, and media, and attend graduate school in political science or international relations, following their fellowships.

Scholarship: Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program New!
Deadline: October 6, 2015 (for Spring '15 semester)
Eligibility: See requirements.
To apply: Apply online.
The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program offers grants for U.S. citizen undergraduate students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies or credit-bearing, career-oriented internships abroad. The Scholarship Program aims to diversify the kinds of students who study and intern abroad by offering awards to those who might not otherwise participate due to financial constraints. Average award is approximately $4,000. Recipients are eligible to receive a Critical Need Language Award of $8,000. 

Fellowship: Luce Scholars Program New!
Deadline: October 5, 2015
Eligibility: Graduating seniors
To apply: Apply online
The Luce Scholars Program is a nationally competitive fellowship program. It was launched by the Henry Luce Foundation in 1974 to enhance the understanding of Asia among potential leaders in American society. The program provides stipends, language training, and individualized professional placement in Asia for 15-18 Luce Scholars each year, and welcomes applications from college seniors, graduate students, and young professionals in a variety of fields who have had limited exposure to Asia.

Fellowship: Fulbright US Student Program New!
Deadline: October 13, 2015
Eligibility: See requirements
To apply: Apply online
The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants for individually designed study/research projects or for English Teaching Assistant Programs. During their grants, Fulbrighters will meet, work, live with and learn from the people of the host country, sharing daily experiences.  The program facilitates cultural exchange through direct interaction on an individual basis in the classroom, field, home, and in routine tasks, allowing the grantee to gain an appreciation of others’ viewpoints and beliefs, the way they do things, and the way they think. Through engagement in the community, the individual will interact with their hosts on a one-to-one basis in an atmosphere of openness, academic integrity, and intellectual freedom, thereby promoting mutual understanding.

Scholarship: Gates Cambridge Scholarship New!
Deadline: October 15, 2015
Eligibility: Graduating Seniors
To apply: See application instructions 

Gates Cambridge Scholarships are prestigious, highly competitive full-cost scholarships. They are awarded to outstanding applicants from countries outside the UK to pursue a full-time postgraduate degree in any subject available at the University of Cambridge. While at Cambridge, Scholars pursue full range of subjects available at the University and are spread through its departments and Colleges. The program aims to build a global network of future leaders committed to improving the lives of others.

Scholarship: Harry S. Truman Scholarship New!
Deadline: November 20, 2015
Eligibility: Juniors
To Apply: Apply via UFunds
Established by Congress in 1975, the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation awards scholarships to college juniors (at the time of application) who have outstanding leadership potential and intend to pursue careers in public service. This scholarship provides $30,000: $3,000 for the senior year and $27,000 for graduate study ($9,000 per year depending on the length of the scholar’s graduate degree program for up to three years). In addition to funding, the Truman involves a leadership week and a summer institute both of which give Truman scholars a chance to explore pressing policy and public service concerns as well develop connections and learn from each other.

Job: Impact New!
Deadline: Early application: September 27, 2015
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.

Job: Dalberg Global Development Advisors
Deadline: October 11, 2015
To apply: Apply through JIB
Dalberg is the top strategy consulting firm focused on international development and emerging market issues. Our mission is to raise living standards in developing countries and address global challenges, serving a range of clients including top foundations, multilateral institutions, multinational companies, and NGOs. We offer outstanding opportunities for professional skills training and mentorship to current graduate school students. Attend the virtual information session on September 23, 2015 at 12:30 p.m. EST to learn more.

Job: Consumer Financial Protection Bureau New!
Deadline: October 16, 2015
To apply: Apply online 
This unique, two-year rotational fellowship sits at the intersection of the federal government and the financial services industry. With a focus on data-driven policy making, Director’s Financial Analysts are given the opportunity to hone analytical and problem solving skills while helping make markets for consumer financial products work for Americans. The program has served as a springboard for previous Analysts’ careers. Graduates of the program have moved on to graduate school (Yale Law, Harvard Business, Columbia Economics), private industry (Amazon, Uber, Wells Fargo), and public sector opportunities (Department of the Treasury, Federal Reserve Bank of New York).



Publish: Journal of Undergraduate International Studies 
Deadline: October 11, 2015
To submit: 
Email it as an attachment to, following these guidelines:
1. Submit as a word document, not a PDF or other type of file
2. Use an easily read font, such as Times New Roman
3. Double-space your document
4. Follow the Chicago Manual of Style for all citations (for help, visit This is not a requirement unless the piece is selected for publication
5. Convert all your citations and footnotes to endnotes
6. Make sure your name and academic affiliation are not present in the text of your work
7. Include an abstract of 100 words or less

The Journal seeks to publish the world's premier undergraduate work related to international themes and topics including, but not limited to: international conflict and conflict resolution, human rights, environmental issues, history, culture, comparative politics, economics, development and trade, global security, and international health. Papers range 5-20 pages.

Publish: Journal of Politics and International Affairs
October 15, 2015
To submit: Submit online. See submission guidelines
JPIA is a student-run journal that publishes papers written by undergraduate students in the areas of Political Science, International Studies, Economics, Public Affairs, Sociology and related fields. Ideal submissions are both informative and argumentative, with well-developed theses and strong mechanics. The Journal typically publishes 10-20 page essays written for upper-level courses, however we welcome submissions of any length and topic that falls within the scope of the Journal. All majors and class ranks are invited. 

Publish: The Informal
Deadline: Rolling deadline
To Submit: Send a 100-150 word pitch to We will get back to you in approximately 7 days. 
The Informal, a Brown-born online journal focusing on finding ways to explore the Middle East from an "informal" lens, is looking for submissions and social media editors! The Informal, since October 2015, has published a significant amount of articles (one of which is in consideration to be picked up by the NYTimes). It also provides a newsletter service and Twitter feed. @theinformalorg serves as a news source without an automated mechanism that posts any article related to the Middle East. A significant amount of articles are read by our team, filtered out for relevant content and then posted as links with a brief tweet summary. Please contact Deniz Cam if interested or have questions.