Webminar: Best Practices in Applying for Graduate School

Date: Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Time: 10:00 - 11:00 AM EST

Join the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA) for an introductory webinar on best practices when applying for graduate school.

In this monthly series, APSIA's International Admissions and Operations Manager, as well as a representative from John Hopkins SAIS, will answer questions about:

  • Selecting a graduate program
  • Preparing an application
  • Paying for school
  • Career opportunities

Click HERE to register. Registration is free to students and professionals. 

By registering you agree to share your information with APSIA and its members*

Call for Applications: Rotary Peace Fellowship

The Rotary Foundation is now accepting applications for the fully-funded 2019 Rotary Peace Fellowship. Up tp 100 social change leaders are selected globally every year to earn either a master's degree or a professional development certificate in peace and conflict studies at one of six Rotary Peace Centers at leading universities around the world. 

Peace fellowship applicants must meet these requirements:

  • Proficiency in English; a second language is strongly recommended
  • Demonstrated commitment to international understanding and peace 
  • Excellent leadership skills
  • Master’s degree applicants: minimum three years of related full-time work or volunteer experience, bachelor’s degree
  • Certificate applicants: minimum five years of related full-time work or volunteer experience, strong academic background8

Application Deadline: May 31st, 2018. 

For more information and online application, visit the Rotary Fellowships website here

Webinar: Pathways Programs (for Career Counselors)

Date:  Thursday, December 14, 2017

TIme:  1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pathways-programs-for-career-counselors-1214-tickets-40042513235

The Federal Pathways Programs are uniquely suited to help students and recent graduates find their way into meaningful public service careers. Would you like to advise your students and alumni on the benefits of these innovative Federal programs? Join a representative of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management to learn specifics on the Federal Pathways Programs for students and recent graduates. By the end of this session, you will understand the three Pathways Programs, i.e., the Internship Program, Recent Graduates Program, and Presidential Management Fellows Program; know eligibility requirements for each Program, what is the same, and what distinguishes the Programs from one another; and learn how your students and alumni can find and apply for positions under each of the Pathways Programs.


This is an online event. You must register using the link on this Eventbrite page in order to participate. Upon registering, you will receive a confirmation via email.



Please enter the session at least 10-15 minutes before the session start time.

THERE IS NO SEPARATE PHONE LINE FOR AUDIO. Both audio and slides will be accessed through the Adobe Connect link above. We cannot assist with technical issues once the session has started so please check your computer speakers before the session begins.




Foreign Policy Association: Student Essay & Video Competition

What is America’s Biggest Challenge in the World?

Submission deadline: Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Maximum essay length: 750 words

Maximum video length: 5 minutes

Winners in each medium will be chosen by an expert panel of educators and designers of student outreach programs.

Criteria for judging: • Creative personal engagement with the Centennial Challenge topic • Compelling demonstration of the position you take • Breadth and depth of the vision you present 


  • 1st prize: $1,500 and expenses for a trip to attend the 2018 Foreign Policy Centennial Spring Dinner in New York City.

  • 2nd prize: $500

  • 3rd prize:  $500


Winners will be announced in early April 2018.


Videos should be posted to YouTube and a link sent to contest@fpa.org.

Please email essays as attachments to contest@fpa.org  or mail to:

Foreign Policy Association
470 Park Avene South
New York, NY 10016

APSIA Upcoming Events

You're Invited!

Join the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA) at an upcoming event on graduate school and international careers.

To register for these and other events, please visit www.apsia.org/events.

Graduate School Fairs


Best Practices Webinars

APSIA hosts a monthly webinar focusing on “Best Practices for Applying to Graduate School.” Participation is free. Upcoming webinars will be held on

  • September 6
  • October 19
  • November 7
  • December 6

APSIA brings together the leading graduate schools around the world which specialize in international affairs. We may it easy for you to connect with top masters, mid-career, PhD, and other programs!


To register for these and other events, please visit www.apsia.org/events.

Foreign Affairs is generously offering SIR members complimentary admission to its annual Graduate School Fair, produced in partnership with the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs, at the Council on Foreign Affairs. 

The fair, to be held Tuesday, September 12, will convene undergraduate students and mid-career professionals for a panel discussion that will assess U.S. foreign policy under Donald J. Trump’s administration and its effect on the international order and the U.S. alliance system.

Register today with the promotional code SIR to receive complimentary admission.



5:15 p.m. - 5:45 p.m. | Registration and welcome reception

5:45 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. | Foreign Affairs LIVE Panel Discussion

7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. | APSIA Graduate School Fair


Council on Foreign Relations

58 East 68th Street

New York, New York



Elena Tchainikova, 212-434-9526, FALive@cfr.org



ELLIOT ABRAMS, Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations               

STEWART PATRICK, Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations

KORI SCHAKE, Research Fellow, Hoover Institute                        

MODERATOR: JUSTIN VOGT, Deputy Managing Editor, Foreign Affairs

To see the list of participating schools visit our site.   

Carnegie Council Activities

Here are some of our activities that we hope will be of interest.  Please share with others as well!

Call for Applications for Fellowship Program "The Living Legacy of the First World War"

Carnegie Council is creating up to 10 fellowships to conduct projects involving original research, approaches, or methods on the American experience in the First World War and its impact and relevance in the modern world. To apply, please submit a research proposal (1,000 words or fewer), curriculum vitae, and two references to by Friday, September 15, 2017.

International Student Photo Contest on Climate Change

Send us your photos that show examples of climate change OR examples of combating or adapting to climate change. All students of every nationality are eligible. Non-students will be disqualified. The minimum age is 13. Deadline: December 31, 2017. Prizes; Amazon Gift Cards!

International Student/Teacher Essay Contest: The World's Greatest Ethical Challenge

In your opinion, what is the world's greatest challenge, and how does it affect your local community and/or the world? What are the ethical issues involved and how can we work together to overcome this problem? Contest open to teachers and students anywhere in the world. Deadline: December 31, 2017. Prizes; Amazon Gift Cards!

Worksheets and Excerpts for Students and Educators

Carnegie Council has pulled excerpts from some of our most relevant primary sources and recent lectures for use in the social studies classroom. Each excerpt is in .doc form for easy teacher modifications. We have also provided the full transcript for each document for better context of the authors' arguments. 

Subscribe to Carnegie Council's New Public Events Season, Starting in September 2017

If you live in the New York area, consider subscribing to our new events season!  Or if you're a student, take advantage of our free student tickets--numbers limited. If you're not in NYC, we invite you to watch our live events on Facebook and YouTube.  

Visit Global Ethics Network at:

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Rangel International Affairs Fellowship Program

Application Deadline:  September 21, 2017

Website www.rangelprogram.org


 Program Contact


202-806-4367 or 877-633-0002 


In-Person Info Sessions

If you're in any of these regions, be sure to connect with us! We’d love to meet you and answer any questions you may have in person.  We’ll be in Eastern Washington and Idaho, Upstate New York, and New York City at the end of August and early September. Check out our events calendar to see where we’ll be.

We also have two upcoming information sessions we’re hosting at the Bunche International Affairs Center on Howard University’s campus. Join us!

Thursday, September 14, 6:00 PM ESTClick here to RSVP!

Virtual Info Sessions

We’ll be hosting a virtual information sessions to discuss the Rangel Graduate Fellowship, including program elements and the application process. We invite you and prospective applicants to join our Google Hangout on the following dates.

Wednesday, September 13, 12:00 PM ESTClick here to join!

The Rangel International Affairs Graduate Fellowship Program is now accepting applications for the 2018 Fellowship. The Rangel Graduate Fellowship is a U.S. Department of State program, administered by Howard University that seeks to attract and prepare outstanding young people for careers as Foreign Service Officers in the U.S. Department of State. Candidates must be graduating seniors or college graduates with strong academic records and a desire to promote positive change in the world. The program encourages the application of members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, women and those with financial need. Applicants with any undergraduate major are welcome to apply. Selected fellows will receive support for graduate school and will enter into exciting and rewarding careers representing the United States overseas. 

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Tufts University, Chapter Spotlight Award 2017

We are delighted to announce that the Beta Chi Chapter at Tufts University received the 2017 Chapter Spotlight Award.

Sigma Iota Rho recognizes the Chapter's exceptional performance and student engagement in the promotion of the mission and values of Sigma Iota Rho on campus and in the community. 


Dr. Corinne Blake, Faculty Advisor of the Year, 2017

We are delighted to announce this year's Faculty Advisor award goes to Dr. Corinne Blake, Associate Professor of history, Rowan University.

Without equivocation, we can claim Dr. Blake has been among the most active, positive, and engaged advisors in the Society. Beyond initiating her Chapter's formation, we have be impressed by her commitment - from encouraging students to seek to publish their work in SIR journals, to having a custom-made cake for her SIR inductees!

Thanks for everything, Dr. Blake!

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Special Thanks!

Thank you to everyone who joined us on April 7, 2017, at the Second Annual Student Research Conference in International Relations hosted at the University of Pennsylvania's Perry World House. SIR is committed to promoting academic discourse in international relations and providing this platform for excellent undergraduates from our various chapters is a mission we value dearly. 

Special shoutout to the following presenters who traveled near and far to share their research:

  • Erin Davison from St Joseph's University
  • Lauren Dolinsky from Bucknell University 
  • Katherine Thomas-Canfield from University of California, Berkeley
  • Kevin Trimmer from St. Joseph's University
  • Diana Hartford from Duquesne University 
  • Veronica Francis from Rhodes College
  • Winnie Thaw from Kenyon College

Helping Students Prepare for a Global Marketplace

The Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA) invites you to join us on Tuesday, April 11 to explore "Helping Students Prepare for a Global Marketplace." 

Academic, career, faculty, and other student advisers are invited to join APSIA Executive Director Carmen Mezzera and Stephanie J. Jackson, Assistant Director of Advising and Professional Development for the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs at the Georgia Institute of Technology, for a webinar.

Explore how to advise students on:

  • Channeling interests into careers
  • Building skills to be competitive
  • Selecting, preparing for, and affording graduate school
  • Finding career opportunities

Register Here

If You Advise Students...

Please share APSIA's resources, including their Career Guide and Fellowship Directory. At their in-person and online graduate school fairs, students can learn about the members' PhD and masters programs. APSIA also hosts a monthly webinar with best practices in applying to graduate school. Details at www.apsia.org/events


Call for Papers! SIR's 2nd Research Conference

SIR's 2nd Research Conference is organized around regional and subject matter panels, feature career development briefings, networking opportunities, and a keynote address by Dominic Tierney, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Political Science at Swarthmore College and author of The Right Way to Lose a War: America in the Age of Unwinnable Conflicts.


Submit a working title for your proposal (250 character limit), a brief overview (250 character limit), and an abstract if available (1250 character limit to national@sigmaiotarho.org



Webinar: Best Practices in Applying for Graduate School

Join the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA) monthly for an introductory webinar on best practices when applying for graduate school.

In this monthly series, APSIA's Coordinator of Admissions will answer questions about:

  • Selecting a graduate program
  • Preparing an application
  • Paying for school
  • Career opportunities

Upcoming dates:

  • January 25, 2017
  • February 21, 2017
  • March 16, 2017
  • April 4, 2017

Register today at www.apsia.org/events

Fordham's Beta Mu is Chapter of the Year!

Fordham's Beta Mu Chapter was recognized November 28th, 2016, by SIR President, Dr. Frank Plantan, and Senior Liaison Officer, Mark Castillo.

Receiving the award on behalf of Fordham, Faculty Adviser Dr. Henry Schwalbenberg, student leaders Tyler Falish and Tess Hart, and student members of Beta Mu.

As ever, SIR is deeply grateful for the hard work by its chapters in the work of fostering engagement in international affairs.

To read more about Fordham's award, click here. See here for Fordham's report of the day.

Congratulations again to Beta Mu!

Atlantic Expedition, Modernizing Transatlantic Initiative; An Atlantische Initiative

Atlantische Initiative in Berlin, a non-profit NGO dedicated to promoting collaboration between US and European citizens.

The US presidential election is dominating the news and has brought out strong feelings among the younger generation on both sides of the Atlantic. With your help, we'd like to harness the passion and look further ahead in transatlantic relations. Our new fellowship and exchange program Atlantic Expedition — funded by the German government — gives a young and diverse group of potential leaders a platform to modernize transatlantic relations.

We believe that giving consideration to fresh points of view and new ideas is crucial to reversing the trend of declining enthusiasm for European-American relations on both sides of the pond.

Diversity of backgrounds — and therefore of opinions, priorities and areas of expertise — is an essential element to a fruitful debate, yet one which is unfortunately still lacking in transatlantic politics. Atlantic Expedition aims to remedy this, by assembling some of the brightest young minds from the US and Germany, in order to solicit their ideas, informed and enriched by a wide variety of professional, academic and cultural backgrounds, on how to reform and reinvigorate the transatlantic partnership.

Fellowship opportunity: Help reinvigorate and modernize transatlantic relations, while traveling to Germany and the US! http://atlantic-expedition.org

Participants don’t have to be experts! We are specifically in search of new perspectives and bold ideas. Transatlantic matters affect everyone, and ought therefore to be discussed by everyone.

Those interested in participating need only submit a short article (500-1000 words) analyzing the current state of transatlantic relations, with a focus on whichever sub-topic interests them most – however niche or marginal. If they are aged 20 to 35, we’d love to hear from them!

Deadline is November 16, 2016

The fellowship will take participants to the US and Germany, where they will have the opportunity to network, debate and collaborate with future opinion leaders, as well as with established transatlantic decision-makers and stakeholders from a variety of business sectors and interest groups. Fellows will co-author a policy memo, drawing upon their diverse range of skills, interests and experiences, to be presented during the trips, and distributed to key transatlantic actors.