Richard B. Russell Security Leadership Program
The Richard B. Russell Security Leadership Program (SLP) is a year-long fellowship focused on nonproliferation and national security. In SLP, students take part in weekly discussions and workshops devoted to a wide range of academic and policy topics. Students hear talks on different issues in international relations, and are trained in open-source research methods, making effective PowerPoint presentations, and the basics of writing grant proposals. The first semester of SLP is spent in an intensive research-oriented course taught by CITS researchers alongside guest lecturers who are members of the policymaking and academic national security community. In the second semester, students work with Center researchers on projects ranging from country assessment reports to international workshops and training seminars held for strategic trade control practitioners.
Security Leadership Program participants have gone on to positions in the United States government, the United Nations, the International Atomic Energy Agency, trade-oriented consulting firms, large high-technology manufacturers, and academic institutions around the globe.
Each semester of the Richard B. Russell Security Leadership Program comes with 3 hours of academic credit. The program is highly competitive and solicits applications in October and April for the subsequent semester. Spring 2014 applications are due October 31. Contact Christopher Tucker for more information.
Security Leadership Program Applications
To apply to the Russell Security Leadership Program, you will need:
- A filled-out application form
- A cover letter explaining your interest in the program (250-500 words)
- A resumé or curriculum vitae
- An official transcript
- A writing sample on a topic relating to international affairs (less than 5000 words)
All application materials should be hand-delivered to the main CITS office at 120 Holmes-Hunter Academic Building, care of Christopher Tucker. Applications for spring 2014 are due by October 31.