Students & Alumni

Nathan Bader receives Rumsfeld Fellowship for 2020-21

IWP student Nathan Bader has been awarded the prestigious Rumsfeld Graduate Fellowship for the 2020-21 school year.

Rumsfeld Fellows are selected based on recommendations by professors at institutions across the country who serve as advisors for the program.

This fellowship involves financial support for graduate studies at IWP, as well as participation in a network of fellow scholars seeking to serve our nation in public policy or related fields.

Nathan is pursuing his M.A. in Statecraft and National Security Affairs at IWP. His research has focused on American sports diplomacy and democratization in autocratic states. He has recently been elected as President of the Student Government Association for 2020-21. Prior to IWP, Nathan attended Dakota Wesleyan University and interned with the Department of Defense’s Africa Center for Strategic Studies, as well as Court Appointed Special Advocates. He currently works at the American Political Science Association. Upon completion of his M.A., he hopes to enter the Foreign Service.

Nathan said: “I am honored to be awarded this prestigious fellowship grant from the Rumsfeld Foundation. The Foundation’s network of fellows, alumni, and advisors each share a deep commitment to public service. This fellowship will connect me with persons and opportunities that are otherwise not possible. I am thankful for the commitment that the Rumsfeld Foundation has made to me as I continue my graduate studies at IWP.”

Nathan joins a tradition of IWP students who have been awarded the Rumsfeld Fellowship, including 2014 IWP Valedictorian Rebecca Buchheit, a student in the Master of Arts in Strategic Intelligence Studies program in 2014, Elizabeth Dillard and James Di Pane in 2016, Stephanie McGowan in 2017, and Jordan Cain and Lyndsay Amyot in 2019.

Even more IWP students have benefitted from direct interaction with former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, who has guest lectured in IWP classes in the past (see here and here).

Congratulations, Nathan, on behalf of the IWP community!

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