Applications Due 1.5 2019.The Symposium will convene an international cohort of 20-24 graduate students and young professionals for an intensive 5-day program (10-15 November 2019 in Washington, D.C.) examining international security challenges from a GPS perspective. Amenities will include economy-fare travel to and from Washington, D.C. as well as local accommodation.
Open to young professionals (ages 25-40) with an MA or higher academic degree; or graduate students currently enrolled in a Masters or Ph.D. program in international affairs, security studies, gender studies, anthropology, or a related discipline (Recent graduates, as well as individuals who will be enrolled in a graduate program within the next academic year, will also be considered.). All genders are encouraged to apply.
Participants must be fluent in both spoken and written English, and available to participate in all days of the symposium. Approximately two-thirds of the Symposium will be devoted to knowledge base development. Fellows will lead and participate in substantive discussions through interactive panel discussions, presentations, break-out sessions, and dialogue with expert speakers.
One-third of the symposium will be devoted to professional development and skills training, such as how to effectively communicate with the media, writing for policymakers, and leveraging social media. Participants will also gain exposure to government agencies, international organizations, and think tanks.
In the year following the Symposium, Fellows are required to produce at least one blog post. Fellows are also invited to submit (individual and/or joint) writing projects around the themes of the symposium in the form of policy briefs and brief monographs. Written materials by the Fellows will be widely distributed through the broad international WIIS network and partner networks.