The Strauss Center launched the Next Generation Scholars (NGS) program in 2010 with the goal of providing new research and mentorship opportunities for promising UT undergraduate students interested in careers in international security and law. This program now also includes a focus on civic engagement, expanding the reach of the program by engaging more students and involving faculty members on a wider range of local, national, and international policy issues. Involving undergraduates in international affairs and civic engagement early in their career is an important part of the Strauss Center’s mission to prepare the next generation of leaders to help develop solutions to the most pressing public policy challenges.

Program Components

This one-year program includes two key components: First, students will take a 3-credit research training and professional development course, taught in the Fall of 2018. This course is designed to introduce students to policy work, including basic skills in policy research, analysis, and writing. Students will be trained on designing research strategies and proposals, conducting policy analysis, writing resumes and statements of purpose, crafting op-eds and blog posts, and planning for the steps in their career development. This course will be led by Dr. Kate Weaver, Associate Professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, Co-Director for Innovations for Peace and Development, and a Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar.

Second, in the spring semester, the Next Generation Scholars will work closely with Dr. Weaver on a collaborative policy research project and report. Students should expect to maintain regular contact with Dr. Weaver and meet biweekly for short meetings to assess progress on research and writing. The exact schedule for the spring will be determined at a later date to work around students’ course schedules. Students will also be awarded a stipend of $500 for the spring semester. Students may use this stipend for independent research, travel to a study abroad program or summer internship, travel to a professional conference, or other experiential and scholarly pursuits approved by Dr. Weaver. Funding permitting, and contingent on positive performance evaluations, students may have the possibility of continuing as research interns at the Strauss Center after the year-long Next Generation Scholars program concludes.

Learn more about our 2017-2018 class of Next Generation Scholars here.

Application Guidelines

The Strauss Center is now accepting applications for the 2018-2019 Brumley Next Generation Undergraduate Scholars program through March 15, 2018. Please see below for additional information regarding application requirements.

Requirements:

  1. Students must plan to be registered UT undergraduate students in residence at UT during the fall and spring semesters of the 2018-19 academic year. Because this program provides the foundation for a potentially multi-year mentorship, preference will be given to students entering their sophomore or junior years.
  2. Students should have a GPA of at least 3.50.
  3. Students must be able to complete all activities required during the 2018-2019 scholarship period, including the Fall 2017 course, Spring 2018 mentored research project, and regular attendance at Strauss Center public events.

Applications should include:

  1. A detailed cover letter that explains your academic and professional interests and why you are interested in participating in the intellectual life of the Strauss Center. The Strauss Center is an interdisciplinary center devoted to policy-relevant research on issues related to national and international security, law, and diplomacy. The Strauss Center's research focuses on factors contributing to the destabilization of nation states, diplomatic and military history and strategy, new approaches to diplomacy, intelligence and surveillance, the impact of science and technology on national security, evolving legal architectures to account for new threats in the 21st century, climate security and complex emergencies, and international development and security.
  2. Resume with your complete contact information, including email address and phone number.
  3. Names and contact information of two references. One of these references should be a faculty member who can speak to your academic abilities and potential.
  4. One unofficial college transcript.

The application deadline for the Next Generation Fellows Scholars program is March 15, 2018. We will select a short list of finalists for interviews prior to making the final awards.

For questions about the program, please contact Anne Clary at anneclary@austin.utexas.edu.

Now in its third year, the Strauss Center's Brumley Next Generation Graduate Fellows program is an exciting opportunity open to graduate students from any program at UT who share our interest in international affairs and who wish to participate more directly in the intellectual life of the Strauss Center. Selection is highly-competitive, with only one person chosen for each of the Center’s various program areas.

What Does the Program Entail?

The mission of the Brumley Next Generation Graduate Fellows program is to provide a transformative experience for UT graduate students from an array of disciplines, accelerating their path towards career success with an emphasis on building professional and scholarly skills and networks. Selection is not merely honorific; students selected for the Brumley Next Generation Graduate Fellows program will participate in the life of the Strauss Center, and receive support, in several ways:

Research, writing, and professional mentorship: First, each graduate student selected to be a Fellow will be linked to one of the Strauss Center’s many current research programs (based on the preferences expressed by the student in his or her application). More specifically, each Fellow will be paired with a Distinguished Scholar associated with that particular program. Under that scholar’s guidance, and backed by the financial support detailed below, the Fellow will conduct their own research and writing project(s). The Strauss Center scholar also will serve as a professional mentor, advising on career matters.

Graduate Fellows Colloquium: The Graduate Fellow Colloquium is a monthly luncheon during which Fellows and Strauss Center Distinguished Scholars will convene for two purposes: ongoing discussion of one another’s work, and engagement in a private setting with a visiting policymaker, practitioner, or scholar (selected by the Fellows themselves) in order to discuss both substantive issues and career development.

Resources: Fellows will receive a fellowship stipend in the amount of $2,500 for the 2017-18 academic year. Fellows will also be eligible to apply for funding to support travel for conferences, research, and other scholarly or professional activities.

Participation in Other Aspects of Strauss Center Life: Fellows are expected to maintain a deep level of engagement with the Strauss Center, including by selecting a speaker on their relevant research topic for a Strauss Center public talk and acting as co-host for that speaker’s visit.

How to Apply?

Applications for the 2017-18 academic year is now closed. Selection results in an appointment for the upcoming academic year (with the possibility of renewal for Fellows who will have a subsequent year in residence in their graduate degree program). Please see below for eligibility and application information.

Eligibility:

  1. You must currently be enrolled as a graduate student in good standing at the University of Texas at Austin. All graduate-level programs (Master’s, PhD, JD) at the University of Texas at Austin are eligible, regardless of their area of study. Students in programs that are not typically perceived as linked to international affairs, such as business or the natural sciences, should not hesitate to apply.
  2. You must be enrolled as a full-time graduate student for both fall and spring semesters of the 2017-18 academic year, and you must be in residence in Austin during that time.
  3. You must have a GPA of at least 3.5.
  4. You must have demonstrated interest or experience in, and a desire to learn more about, one of the Strauss Center’s existing program areas. Those programs are described on our website at https://strausscenter.org/programs. Examples include:
    • Cybersecurity;
    • Artificial Intelligence;
    • U.S. Intelligence Activities;
    • Terrorism and Counterterrorism;
    • National Security Law;
    • Complex Emergencies in Asia;
    • Political and Livelihood Stress in Africa;
    • Cartel Violence in Mexico;
    • U.S. Policies Toward China;
    • State Fragility; and
    • Energy Security.

Applications should include:

  1. A detailed cover letter that explains your academic and professional interests, your career plans, and why you are interested in participating in the intellectual life of the Strauss Center. Your cover letter must identify the particular Strauss Center research program(s) on which you wish to work.
  2. Resume, with your complete contact information, including email address and phone number.
  3. Names and contact information for two references. At least one of these references should be a faculty member.
  4. Unofficial graduate school transcript. If offered acceptance into the program, you will need to supply an official graduate school transcript.

Click here to learn more about current 2017-18 class of Fellows.

For questions about the program, please contact Anne Clary at anneclary@austin.utexas.edu. We look forward to hearing from you!

The Brumley Next Generation Fellows program at the Strauss Center provides research training and mentorship opportunities to exceptional undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Texas at Austin. Involving students in international affairs early in their career is an important part of the Strauss Center’s mission to prepare the next generation of leaders to help develop solutions to the most pressing public policy challenges. The program is made possible by the generous support of Jon and Rebecca Brumley.

GRADUATE STUDENTS: NEXT GENERATION FELLOWS

Now in its third year, the Next Generation Fellows is an exciting opportunity open to graduate students from any program at UT who share our interest in international affairs and who wish to participate more directly in the intellectual life of the Strauss Center. Selection is highly-competitive, with only one person chosen for each of the Center’s various program areas.

Graduate Fellows will be paired with a Distinguished Scholar at the Strauss Center conducting research relevant to the Fellow’s degree. Fellows will engage in their own research on a program-relevant topic, and will also assist their Distinguished Scholar with his or her existing research initiatives. In addition to the research component, Fellows are expected to maintain a deep level of engagement with the Strauss Center, attending conferences and events. There will be a monthly Graduate Fellow Colloquium, during which Fellows convene for a lunchtime discussion with a policymaker, practitioner, or visiting scholar to discuss current research work as well as career advancement and development. During these colloquia Fellows will also share their own research, and provide feedback on their peers’ projects. For application information, click here.

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS: NEXT GENERATION SCHOLARS

The Next Generation Scholars (NGS) undergraduate program was launched in 2010 with the goal of providing new research and mentorship opportunities for promising UT undergraduate students interested in careers in international security and law. In 2015, the NGS program expanded to include a focus on civic engagement through a partnership with the RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service, expanding the reach of the program by engaging more students and involving faculty members on a wider range of local, national, and international policy issues.

This one-year program includes two key components: First, students take a 3-credit research training and professional development course in the fall semester. This course is designed to introduce students to policy work, including basic skills in policy research, analysis, and writing. Students will be trained on designing research strategies and proposals, conducting policy analysis, writing resumes and statements of purpose, crafting op-eds and blog posts, and planning for the steps in their career development. Second, the Next Generation Scholars will work closesly in the spring semester with the program's faculty lead on a collaborative policy report and blog site to further enhance their research and analytical abilities. For application information, click here.

 YOUNG PROFESSIONALS: NEXT GENERATION PROJECT TEXAS

The Next Generation Project was founded by the American Assembly at Columbia University in 2005 and was continued at the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law at the University of Texas at Austin through the generous support of Jon and Rebecca Brumley. The concept for the Next Generation Project emerged from the belief that many of our national and global institutions are not well suited to manage the challenges our nation faces today. To generate cutting edge, innovative solutions to our shared global challenges, the Project gathered the best and brightest leaders from around the country to discuss this issue through rigorous, responsible debate.

The program has since concluded, but if you have any questions, please contact Anne Clary at anneclary@austin.utexas.edu.