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. Applications for the Fall 2016 session are closed.  Applications will reopen in October for the Spring 2017 session. Decisions for the Fall 2016 session will be emailed to prospective students by 5:00pm on Wednesday, April 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
  • A 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.