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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 2024, 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 29 to July 31. Each weekly seminar will meet on Wednesday evening, from 7:00-9:00 PM, on IWP’s main campus. Students are encouraged to arrive by no later than 6:30 PM in order to enjoy the dinner that will be provided every week. 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 2024 Schedule

Week 1 (May 29): Statecraft and Integrated Strategy
John Lenczwoski

Week 2 (June 5): Counterintelligence
David L. Thomas

Week 3 (June 12): Public Diplomacy
Caitlin E. Schindler

Week 4 (June 19): Diplomacy
Philip Hughes

Week 5 (June 26): Intelligence
John R. Sano

Week 6 (July 3): Military Strategy
Christopher C. Harmon

Week 7 (July 10): Economic Freedom as Statecraft
Anne Rathbone Bradley

Week 8 (July 17): The National Security Policy Process
John J. Quattrocki

Week 9 (July 24): American Founding Principles
Timothy McCranor

Week 10 (July 31): The Statecraft of America’s Founding Fathers
Timothy McCranor

Who Should Apply

Any college or university undergraduate, or recent graduate (December 2023 or May 2024) 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 ( 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 (

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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American Statecraft Fellows 2023 - Group picture outside IWP
IWP’s 2023 American Statecraft Fellows