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American Statecraft Fellowship

About the Institute of World Politics (IWP)

 The Institute of World Politics (IWP) is an independent graduate school devoted to the study of statecraft, national security, and international affairs. It was founded to fill a major national need: to supply professional education in these topics that no other school offered.

About 10 years ago, IWP launched its first undergraduate program, an Internship, which provides young students the opportunity to conduct research with IWP scholar-practitioners and to explore career options in national security and international affairs. Thanks to the overwhelming success and popularity of this program, IWP decided to launch its second undergraduate program, the American Statecraft Fellowship (ASF).

About the American Statecraft Fellowship (ASF)

During the summer of 2023, a small cohort of undergraduate students will be invited to participate in a 10-week seminar that will meet one evening a week. During these weekly seminar meetings at IWP’s campus, American Statecraft Fellows will learn about, and discuss, the how as well as the why of statecraft and strategy with IWP’s own faculty.

Topics will include not only intelligence, counterintelligence, military strategy, political warfare, economic statecraft, diplomacy, and the national security policy process itself, but also the founding principles of America for the sake of which these instruments of national power are integrated into a grand strategy.

Additionally, and equally important, the American Statecraft Fellows will be invited to participate in various aspects of campus life at IWP all summer long. You will not simply be American Statecraft Fellows, in other words, but members of the IWP community.

Thus, the American Statecraft Fellowship will afford its participants the opportunity:

The seminar will run from May 31 to August 2. Each weekly seminar will meet on Wednesday evening, from 6:30-9:30PM, on IWP’s main campus. The topics and their respective faculty can be found below. All course materials will be provided. Information regarding additional programming will be provided in the weeks ahead.

The ASF 2023 Schedule

Week 1 (May 31): American Founding Principles
Timothy McCranor

Week 2 (June 7): Statecraft and Integrated Strategy
John Lenczwoski

Week 3 (June 14): Military Strategy
Christopher C. Harmon

Week 4 (June 21): Diplomacy
Philip Hughes

Week 5 (June 28): Economic Freedom as Statecraft
Anne Rathbone Bradley

Week 6 (July 5): Political Warfare
David Glancy

Week 7 (July 12): Intelligence
John R. Sano

Week 8 (July 19): Counterintelligence
David L. Thomas

Week 9 (July 26): The National Security Policy Process
John J. Quattrocki

Week 10 (August 2): The Statecraft of America’s Founding Fathers
James S. Robbins

Who Should Apply

Any college or university undergraduate, or recent graduate (December 2022 or May 2023) not already pursuing an advanced degree, may apply to the ASF. Qualified applicants should be students in good academic standing from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum 3.2 GPA, and must have taken introductory courses in history, political science, international affairs, or economics. They should also be able to demonstrate how their interests and goals align with IWP’s Mission.

How to Apply

Applications are now being accepted on a rolling basis. The following materials should be sent together via email to Tim McCranor (tmccranor@iwp.edu). A brief interview may be a part of the application process.

  1. Internship Application.
  2. 1 to 2-Page Resume.
  3. Academic Transcripts (unofficial copy is acceptable).
  4. Essay on Professional and Educational Goals (typewritten, 500 words).
  5. 3 to 5-Page Writing Sample (related to International Affairs, National Security, or Intelligence).

Point of Contact

For questions about the program, or applying, please reach out to IWP’s Academic Program Manager and Adjunct Professor, Tim McCranor (tmccranor@iwp.edu).

The Jack Miller Center

The American Statecraft Fellowship is being supported by the generosity of the Jack Miller Center (JMC), an independent, non-sectarian, and non-partisan educational foundation headquartered in Philadelphia. Its staff is focused on the single mission of working with professors and educators around the country to strengthen education that communicates the American experience and the ideas behind our institutions. The ASF, in particular, was designated one of JMC’s Partner Programs, a JMC initiative that “supports the development of programs on college campuses dedicated to teaching American political thought and history.”  If you would like to support JMC, please visit the JMC website.

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