Student Opportunities

Graduate Grants and Fellowships

David L. Boren Fellowship •
National Security Education Program
Boren Fellowships provide up to $30,000 to U.S. graduate students to add an important international and language component to their graduate education through specialization in area study, language study, or increased language proficiency. Boren Fellowships support study and research in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. Applicants should identify how their projects, as well as their future academic and career goals, will contribute to U.S. national security, broadly defined. NSEP draws on a broad definition of national security, recognizing 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. The 2012 deadline has passed, but please refer to the website for the 2013 deadline.

The Margaret McNamara Memorial Fund (MMMF) •
The MMMF provides grants to women from developing countries to help further their education and strengthen their leadership skills to improve the lives of women and children in developing countries. Presently, the grants are geared to students of accredited institutions in the US and Canada as well as the Universities of Cape Town and Pretoria. MMMF awards grant of approximately $12,000. The 2012 deadline has passed, but the application for academic year 2013-2014 will be available in Fall 2012. 

Thomas R. Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship Program
he Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation
The Thomas R. Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship Program provides graduate funding to participants as they are prepared academically and professionally to enter the United States Department of State Foreign Service. Women, members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the foreign service, and students with financial need are encouraged to apply. The 2012 deadline has passed, but please refer to the website for the 2013 deadline.

Conferences and Research Oppportunities

"Natural Disaster Management", International graduate summer course at the Earthquake Engineering Research Centre of the University of Iceland
May 30-June 22, 2012
Application deadline: March 1, 2012
The course will address all phases of the disaster cycle, examine local, national, and international aspects and discuss the many disciplines needed in disaster management projects. Such projects require representatives with diverse backgrounds, both academic and practical, and thus the philosophy behind this course is that all disciplines should have a common base on which to communicate, enabling them to effectively include different perspectives into disaster management projects. To mirror a multidisciplinary world this course therefore seeks students with different backgrounds. Additionally, the course offers specialized projects for students interested in relating disaster management to the field of earthquake engineering. This course qualifies for the STEM course requirement. For more information, please visit:                                 

"Your Ideas, Your NATO" Policy Workshop Competition
Sponsored by the Atlantic Community, this policy com-petition is an opportunity for students to share policy ideas on issues that will be debated at the NATO Summit. We want you to tell us your ideas for promoting NATO values, building partnerships, and engaging members in the Smart Defense initiative. Write a 600-800 word op-ed for one of the following three categories: Values and Community (deadline: Feburary 23, 2012),  Partnerships after the Arab Spring (deadline: March 15, 2012), Smart Defense (deadline: April 5, 2012). Winners receive a cash prize and a trip to Berlin to present their ideas to policymakers! For more information, please visit:  


Center for Strategic and International Studies
Since 1962, CSIS has been dedicated to finding ways to sustain American prominence and prosperity as a force for good in the world. After 50 years, CSIS has become one of the world’s preeminent international policy institutions focused on defense and security; regional stability; and transnational challenges ranging from energy and climate to global development and economic integration. CSIS is a bipartisan, nonprofit organization headquartered in Washington, D.C.  Internships are offered in the fall (application open between May 15-August 31), spring (application open between August 18-November 25), and summer (applicaion open between February 15-March 15); internships are unpaid, but a stipend is available to students in need of financial assistance. Interns also participate in the Abshire-Inamori Leadership Academy, which offers interns pratical disucssions on leadership in international affairs and training in key policy skills. For more information, please visit:


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