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.

The first semester is spent in an intensive research-oriented course taught by CITS staff and guest lecturers from the policymaking and national security communities. In the second semester, students work on projects ranging from country assessments to international workshops and seminars for strategic trade control practitioners.

SLP participants have gone on to positions in the US government, the UN, the International Atomic Energy Agency, large high-technology manufacturers, trade-oriented consulting firms, & academic institutions.

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. Fall 2015 applications are due Friday, March 27. Contact Christopher Tucker for more information.


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 Fall 2015 are due Friday, March 27 by 5:00pm.

Be a student ambassador

The close relationship between CITS and our partners in China creates unique opportunities for student enrichment. Every year, two undergraduates from the Richard B. Russell Security Leadership Program are selected as Norinco student ambassadors and receive five-week internships with the Center's Chinese partners. They also attend CITS events in China, giving them the opportunity to meet and network with international businessmen and officials involved in security policy. This is a reciprocal student exchange, with two students from Chinese universities joining counterparts at the University of Georgia for classes at CITS, the School of Public and International Affairs, and the Terry College of Business. The program is sponsored by Norinco.

About the program