The Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law is pleased to announce a call for applications for the third annual Next Generation Scholars program, a unique research and mentorship program for University of Texas undergraduate students. This is a one-year program, beginning in September 2012, which will match each selected student with a Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar who will serve as a mentor to the student in the awarded year.

In addition, the student scholars will participate in an informal one-hour biweekly session in the fall 2012 and spring 2013 semesters. During these sessions, students will have the opportunity to interact with the Strauss Center's Distinguished Scholars, present their own research, develop analytical and writing skills appropriate to their global policy interests, and work directly with the Strauss Center's faculty on their own professional development goals, including applications to post-college jobs and/or graduate school. 

The Next Generation Scholars will also participate in the Strauss Center’s Next Generation Project Texas, which brings together the best and brightest talent from around the state to engage in discussions on global policy issues.

Students selected for the NGS program will also receive a $500 stipend to use towards his or her own independent research, study abroad program, internship, or travel to a professional conference.

We invite interested UT undergraduate students to submit applications for the Next Generation Scholars program. Students must plan to be registered UT undergraduate students during the academic year 2012-2013, and should have a GPA of at least 3.50.

Applications should include:

(1) A detailed cover letter that explains your individual academic and professional interests and why you are interested in participating in the intellectual life of the Strauss Center, an interdisciplinary research center devoted to policy-relevant work related to issues of international security, global governance and law, socioeconomic and human development, technology, energy, and the environment.

(2) Resume with your complete contact information (including email address and phone number) and the names and the contact information of two references (one of whom should be a faculty member who can speak to your academic abilities and potential).

(3) One unofficial college transcript

Please submit nominations by Friday, March 23to" data-mce-href="">, subject line: Next Generation Scholars Program. For questions about the program, please contact Dr. Catherine Weaver at" data-mce-href=""> For more information about the Strauss Center, please visit

The Strauss Center Distinguished Scholars who are available to mentor:

Joshua Busby, Assistant Professor of Public Affairs
Expertise: Climate change, HIV/AIDS, development, U.S. foreign policy, global governance

Terrence Chapman, Assistant Professor of Government
Expertise: International security organizations, political violence, conflict and cooperation

Robert M. Chesney, Charles I. Francis Professor in Law
Expertise: Terrorism, the intelligence community, national security law, the law of war, constitutional reform

Frank Gavin, Director of the Strauss Center
Expertise: U.S. foreign policy, global governance issues, national security affairs, international monetary relations, presidential policymaking, history

Eugene Gholz, Associate Professor of Public Affairs
Expertise: Strategic trade policy, national security planning, military effectiveness

Celeste Ward Gventer, Associate Director of the Strauss Center
Expertise: International security, defense policy, counterinsurgency

Will Inboden, Assistant Professor of Public Affairs
Expertise: international diplomacy and history, religion and US foreign policy, national security

Alan Kuperman, Associate Professor of Public Affairs
Expertise: Global policy, humanitarian intervention, constitutional design

Mark Lawrence, Associate Professor of History
Expertise: History of U.S. foreign relations, the Cold War, decolonization, the Vietnam War

Jeremi Suri, Mack Brown Distinguished Chair for Leadership in Global Affairs
Expertise: Democratization, history, U.S. foreign policy

Catherine Weaver, Associate Professor of Public Affairs
Expertise: International institutions, global development, foreign aid, international political economy