Tuesday, October 25, 2016

The Group of Four International Affairs schools met in Jakarta, Indonesia on Tuesday, October 25 with Mr. Mokhamed Mahdum, Director of the LPDP, The National Indonesian Endowment Fund. The program provides excelling Indonesian nationals with funding for full master's and Ph.D. studies abroad. We look forward to developing a fruitful relationship with the LPDP in the years to come.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Ben, What Are You Looking Forward To This Year?

This semester, like most at SAIS, seems to be packed with exciting on-campus guest speakers. Some guest lecturers are invited by a professor and speak to a specific class, while others are campus-wide and open to all students. For example, this past week I had the pleasure of hearing Henry Kissinger and Michael Bloomberg speak for the inauguration of the Kissinger Center for Global Affairs, organized a roundtable discussion with Professor David Lampton, David Dollar (Brookings), and Scott Kennedy (CSIS) on the U.S. elections, and had a conversation with U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam Ted Osius about LGBTI issues in foreign policy. Next week, Professor John Lipsky is coming to one of my classes to talk about IMF operations and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi is on campus to speak on the future of U.S.-E.U. relations.

Thanks for reading,
Ben, Student Blogger

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Fellowship Lead: Donald M. Payne Fellowship

The U.S. Agency for International Development, in cooperation with Howard University, invites outstanding individuals interested in international development and careers in the USAID Foreign Service to apply for the 2017 Donald M. Payne International Development Graduate Fellowship. Candidates can be graduating seniors or college graduates with strong academic records and a desire to promote positive change in the world.

The Payne program encourages the application of members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service and those with financial need. Selected fellows will receive support for graduate school and gain employment with USAID in an exciting and rewarding career in Foreign Service.

Program Benefits:
  • An orientation to the Program and the USAID Foreign Service at Howard University in Washington D.C.
  • Two fully funded summer internships, on Capitol Hill and overseas at a USAID Mission.
  • Up to $36,500 annually toward tuition, fees, and living expenses for a two-year master's degree in international development, international affairs, public administration, environmental sciences, public health, agriculture, or other relevant area of study.
  • Mentorship from a USAID Foreign Service Officer throughout the duration of the fellowship.
  • Employment in the USAID Foreign Service.

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • Must be seeking admission to enter
  • a two-year graduate program in the fall of 2017 at a U.S. university.
  • Must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher on a 4.0 scale at the time of application.
  • Note: Applicants are not required to be Howard University students or applying to Howard for graduate school.

The application for this fellowship is open from October 1, 2016 to January 20, 2017. Additional information and online application available at www.PayneFellows.org.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Meet Ben Pollok, 2016 Student Blogger

Hello everyone! My name’s Ben Pollok, and I am a second year MA candidate at SAIS, pursuing a concentration in China Studies with a specialization in Emerging Markets. I’m a San Diego native, but attended college in upstate New York (Colgate University) and worked for a total of four years prior to enrolling at SAIS. Two of those years were in China, where I worked for Peking University in international recruiting and admissions.

Like many, I came to SAIS with the intention of pivoting to a different career path. I’m primarily interested in US-China cooperation in international development, and China’s growing role in the IFIs (including the newly-established AIIB and NDB). After graduating, I hope to work for a development organization, such as the World Bank or the Asian Development Bank, in social development and inclusion issues, preferably in Asia.

When I’m not doing coursework, I can probably be found playing tennis, taking advantage of one of DC’s free museums, or playing bocce in Logan Circle. I co-lead SAIS’ LGBTI student organization, and am involved in planning some of the on-campus China lectures and events.

Thanks for reading,
Ben Pollok

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Meet Us in Bangkok, Jakarta, and Singapore

Next week,  admissions representative from four graduate schools of international affairs will touch down in South East Asia to discuss degree offerings, career and networking opportunities, and admissions requirements. The series of events will open with a brief presentation given by admissions representatives. A question and answer and networking reception will follow the presentation. Students from all academic disciplines are encouraged to attend.

Institutions in attendance will include:
  • Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies
  • Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs
  • Georgetown University Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service
  • Tufts University Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. 

October 24: Singapore
321 Orchard Rd
#02-01 Orchard Shopping Centre
Singapore 238866
Monday, October 24, 2016
6:00 p.m. Check-in; 6:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m. Presentation
Register here.

October 25: Jakarta
Pacific Place Mall, 3rd Floor, #325
Jalan Jendral Sudirman Kav. 52-53
Kebayoran Baru, Central Jakarta 12190
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
5:30 p.m. Check-in; 6:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m. Presentation
Register here.
October 27: Bangkok
American University Alumni Language Center (AUA)
21st Floor Auditorium, Chamchuri Square
319 Phayathai Road (Above MRT station: Samyan)
Bangkok, Thailand
Tel: 02 657 6411
Thursday, October 27, 2016
6:00 p.m. Check-in; 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Presentation
Register here.

Monday, October 17, 2016

One of my favorite things to do in Washington, DC...

One of my favorite things to do in Washington DC is go paddle boating alongside the Jefferson Memorial and the Japanese Cherry Trees. As someone who has lived close to the DC area for the past ten years, I am fortunate enough to be surrounded by all of the historical monuments and sites this wonderful city has to offer. Every summer, my close friends and I make it a point to travel to DC and dedicate and hour to paddle boating and enjoying the different views DC has to offer from the comfort of our boat. There is something very serene about paddle boating when the water is calm and the weather isn’t too hot and it’s a great way to relax and catch up with friends. Since DC is usually bustling, paddle boating allows me to take a step back and enjoy the view without any of the stressors associated with living in a big city!

Thanks for reading,

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Friday, October 14, 2016

Lindsay, What Are You Most Looking Forward To This Year?

This year at SAIS I am most extremely excited to participate in the ERE practicum program. I am assigned to work for the Center for Integrated Modeling of Sustainable Agriculture and Nutrition Security (CIMSANS) where my team will be researching sustainable alternatives to animal-based products. This project nicely aligns with my aspiration to work on food security issues in the future. In the spring, I am looking forward to taking another class with Professor Jessica Fanzo. Jessica is a Bloomberg distinguished fellow from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and brings a wealth of knowledge on issues of food systems, nutrition, and rural development.

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