January 2018 APSIA Newsletter 
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Best Practices in Applying for Graduate School
APSIA Webinar

You are invited to join APSIA for an introductory webinar on best practices when applying for graduate school.

In this monthly series, APSIA's International Admissions and Operations Manager will answer questions about:

  • Selecting a graduate program
  • Preparing an application
  • Paying for school
  • Career opportunities

Join us on January 23, 2018, from 11:00AM - 12:00PM EST. We hope you pass this information along to your students!

Register here today!

Omair Khan (MPP '18) wins first Rumsfeld Fellowship from the University of Michigan

The Rumsfeld Foundation awarded Omair Khan (MPP ’18) one of just 20 graduate fellowships this year, making Khan the first Ford School student to win the fellowship—and the first Rumsfeld Fellow from the University of Michigan.

Since 2008, the Rumsfeld Foundation has provided more than 140 fellowships to graduate scholars in public service or policy-relevant fields. Khan, who is the chair of political and security affairs for the Ford School’s International Policy Students Association (IPSA), is described by his advisor John Ciorciari as “principled, intelligent, and passionate about the study of national and international security.”

APSIA Welcomes New Data and Diversity Fellows
Simone Kendall hails from Detroit, Michigan and is a second year Master of Science in Foreign Service (MSFS) candidate at Georgetown University. She is studying international negotiations and multi-track diplomacy under the program's Global Politics and Security concentration. Simone always envisioned herself traveling the world and representing her country.

She is a 2016 Charles B. Rangel Fellow and preparing for a career as a Foreign Service Officer of the U.S. Department of State. Simone served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Morocco (2014-16) and holds a Bachelor of Social Work from Eastern Michigan University. She speaks Darija (Moroccan Arabic) and Arabic (Modern Standard).

Krishna Kesari is the current APSIA Data Fellow, delivering data analysis, visualization, and survey methodology. He has expertise in data mining, visualization, Mixed Methods using R, D3.js, STATA, and ArcGIS. Before working with APSIA, he had over eight years of professional experience working with Results Education Fund, Syracuse University, and Government of India and Care International.

He holds an Advanced Certificate in Data Analytics and a Master of Public Administration with specialization in data-driven decision making and International Leadership and Management from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University.

2018 Deans and Directors Meeting

On January 4-5, 2018, APSIA welcomed Deans and Directors from 38 schools in 12 countries for their annual meeting. Participants discussed a variety of topics related to international affairs and higher education. The meeting also included a conversation with Senator Todd Young of Indiana on Capitol Hill.

Featured Fellowship Opportunity
Young Professionals in Foreign Policy Fellowship Program

     The Fellowship Program at YPFP is an intensive eight-month fellowship designed to give future leaders in foreign policy the skills they will need to succeed throughout their careers. Fellows develop their expertise by writing regular articles for a variety of national and international media outlets, including The Hill, Diplomatic Courier, Real Clear Politics, and many more. Fellows specialize in a specific region (Regional Fellowships) or a specific issue area (Thematic Fellowships). The deadline to apply is approaching, so check out the link below for more information about the types of fellowships available as well as the application process. 

                Learn more about the program and the application process here!
Member School Highlight

For students who are eager to lead–eager to find solutions–the Ford School at the University of Michigan offers a rigorous, interdisciplinary, applied professional education. In 1914, the school offered America’s first public service degree program. More than 100 years later, they continue to be recognized as one of the most prominent public service training programs in the nation. They are respected for the excellence of the faculty, a grounding in social science research and quantitative analysis, the real-world policy issues woven throughout the curriculum, and the careers of leadership and impact forged by alumni.

The Ford School faculty make game-changing discoveries and contribute actionable policy solutions. Their alumni network is active, impressive, and growing. And through engagement in student organizations, internships, applied policy courses, and other activities, students have an opportunity to make a real and lasting difference in the world.

Find out more here!

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