Monday, October 31, 2016

MA Early Notification Application Deadline: November 1

Quick reminder—the MA Early Notification application deadline is November 1. If you have any final questions, today is the day to ask. To ask a question, you can leave a comment below, message us on Facebook or Twitter, email us at or call us at 202-663-5700. We're looking forward to receiving your applications!

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Thursday, October 27, 2016

Lindsay, What Do You Enjoy Doing in Washington, DC?

I love outdoor/adventure activities, so my favorite weekend trips thus far have been to Shenandoah National Park; the park is pristine so hiking, camping, and backpacking are very easy. For my birthday this year my friends and I did the Old Rag trail located about two hours from D.C.; it was strenuous but the view from the top can’t be beat! I also like cycling the Mt. Vernon trail that travels from Washington D.C. to George Washington’s Mount Vernon estate. Within DC proper, I enjoy experiencing the city’s budding gastronomic culture—new restaurants pop up daily. My favorites thus far have been the Red Hen (Bloomingdale), Komi (Dupont), Le Diplomat (14th Street), and Bad Saint (Columbia Heights). My sister owns a PR company that represents restaurants in the DMV, so I have been lucky to try some of the more popular locales in the area. Lastly, I religiously attend the D.C. farmers markets on Sundays. They are a great way to meet local producers and to create sustainable consumption habits –the Dupont and Bloomingdale markets are my favorites.

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Paddle boating alongside the Jefferson Memorial

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

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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Thursday, October 13, 2016

Inside the Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs Launch Celebration

On October 6, 2016, Johns Hopkins SAIS celebrated the launch of the Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs, an international policy center which specializes in long-term strategic analysis. The center features a cohort of distinguished scholars in international affairs, and will serve as a focal point for scholarship and public debate on international affairs and policy. A number of distinguished special guests attended the center's launch celebration, including Johns Hopkins SAIS leadership and Henry Kissinger himself.

The celebration, which took place at a historic Beaux-Arts hotel located in North West Washington, opened with remarks delivered by by Michael Bloomberg, former three-term New York City mayor; Ronald Daniels, current President of Johns Hopkins University; Vali Nasr, Dean of Johns Hopkins SAIS; and Henry Kissenger.  A panel discussion on geostrategy and the challenges facing U.S. foreign policy followed.

Johns Hopkins SAIS was pleased to welcome the inaugural cohort of Kissinger Center scholarsHall Brands, Niall Ferguson, Christopher Hill, John Lipsky, and Margaret MacMillan.

Johns Hopkins SAIS Dean Vali Nasr delivering welcoming remarks at the start of the celebration.
Moderated by Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan, the panel discussion featured several distinguished scholars, including Hal Brands, Francis Gavin, Stephen Hadley, and Carla Hills.
The celebration took place at the Willard, a historic luxury Beaux-Arts hotel located in North West Washington, D.C.

For more information on the Henry A. Kissinger Center, please visit

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Libba, What Are You Looking Forward To This Year?

I am most looking forward to the Conflict Management trip to Beijing in January. A group of 17 Conflict Management and China Studies students will travel to Beijing over the winter break holiday for roughly 12 days to discuss and debate the South China Sea conflict. We will engage with academics and government officials while in Beijing, touching on subjects such as the current state of this issue and how the international community can formulate a more coherent response to South China Sea activity. Following our time in Beijing, each student will write an academic article on a specific aspect of the trip. My topic will focus on how economic pressure creates, or does not create, avenues through which greater negotiation is made possible. I will also focus on whether or not negotiations stemming from economic pressure can produce sustainable, meaningful outcomes. This trip will be full of strong opinions on both sides, and I am excited to be a member of the SAIS delegation.

Thanks for Reading! 
Libba King, Admissions Student Blogger

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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

The Fall 2016 Career Fair

The Johns Hopkins SAIS Office of Career Services offers students a number of networking and professional development opportunities, such as global career treks, career counseling appointments, on-campus workshops, and professional skills courses. Among the wide array of opportunities offered by Career Services is the is the annual Career Fair, which brings employers from across the international relations field to campus. This year, the fair was held on Friday, September 30 and featured more than 30 employers, including:

  • The Department of Homeland Security, Office of Policy
  • The Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
  • The U.S. International Trade Commission
  • United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
  • The National Security Agency
  • International Foundation for Electoral Systems
  • Booz Allen Hamilton
  • IFC International
  • The World Bank
Check out some photos from the Career Fair below.

To see where students from our most recent graduating class are working, please review our Class of 2015 employment outcomes brochure here. To read more about the Career Services offered at Johns Hopkins SAIS, please click here.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Denise, What Are You Looking Forward To This Year?

As someone who just recently begun her graduate school experience, there are so many different things that I have yet to experience at SAIS and that I am really looking forward to. One of those things in particular is the direction in which my Introduction to Development Course is going. As an Economics and Sociology major, I had taken numerous development courses within the economic and sociological fields but I had never taken a course that intertwined various aspects of development into one course. The Introduction to Development course does just that and provides me with a framework with which to approach development issues. Although the course has mostly revolved around theory, it will soon start branching out into different aspects of development and I cannot wait to discover the new material that lies in store for me.

The International Development department suite, located in the Bernstein-Offit Building

I am also really looking forward to taking other courses such as “ Basic Education in Low and Middle Income Countries”, “Improving Service Delivery in Developing Countries” and the IDEV Practicum which allows students to work directly with public, private, and non-governmental organizations on a specific project. With all the different course options available in the International Development concentration, I am sure that I will be adequately prepared to tackle any of the development challenges that may be hurled my way after graduation!

Thanks for reading!
Denise Bonsu, Admissions Student Blogger

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Friday, October 7, 2016

Introducing Lindsay Lockhart, Student Blogger

My name is Lindsay Lockhart and I am originally from just outside of San Francisco, California. After graduating from the University of Southern California, I moved to South Africa where I worked for a refugee advocacy organization in Cape Town. From there I completed two and a half years of service with the U.S. Peace Corps in Morocco. Upon returning to the California I worked for an agriculture-based start-up—The Climate Corporation—in the Bay Area, which used climate models as an input for agricultural yield models. Now at SAIS I am concentrating in Energy, Resources and the Environment and have focused my studies on agricultural policy, food systems, and food security issues. After graduation, I hope to work for a high impact development firm whose goal it is to fix the global issue of food distribution inequality. My hobbies, when I have time, include hiking, kayaking, cycling, Crossfit, and travel!

Thursday, October 6, 2016

A Visit From Madeleine Albright

On October 3, 2016, Madeleine Albright, former Secretary of State, visited campus to share lessons from her long career in government. Dr. Albright was the 64th Secretary of State of the United States. In 1997, she was named the first female Secretary of State and became, at that time, the highest ranking woman in the history of the U.S. government. Check out some pictures below from Dr. Albright's visit below.

While this event was exclusive to the SAIS community, we host many guest speaker events throughout the that are free an open to the public. To register for an upcoming event, please visit our Events Calendar.

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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Meet Libba King, Student Blogger

My name is Libba King and I am currently a second year student Master of Arts student. I am in the five year BA/MA class, and I spent last year at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center. My concentration at SAIS is Conflict Management and my specialization is Quantitative Methods. My goal post-SAIS is to work for the United States government as an international economist focusing on East Asia, hopefully at the Treasury or the Fed. Prior to enrolling at Johns Hopkins SAIS, I was studying International Relations at at one of Johns Hopkins' campuses in Baltimore. In my spare time, you can find me hunting down DC’s best chocolate chip cookie (pro tip: a great place to start is Dupont’s Teaism).

Thanks for reading!
Libba, Student Blogger

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

What You Should Know About Early Notification at SAIS

Early Notification is an accelerated application process which allows candidates to receive an admission decision before the new year. Early Notification can be beneficial for candidates who have a clear preference for Johns Hopkins SAIS, for candidates who need a decision early to satisfy specific fellowship or military requirements, and for candidates who simply want a decision as early as possible.

  • At Johns Hopkins SAIS, applying for early notification does not increase or decrease one’s chances of admission.
  • SAIS early notification decisions are non-binding. This means that, if admitted, you are not required to accept our offer and you are not required to withdraw your application to other institutions. 
  • We do not deny candidates during the early notification cycle; if you are not accepted, your application will automatically be moved to the regular decision pool, where it will be weighed against the remaining applicants'.
  • Being that MA Early Notification applications are due November 1, we would suggest sitting for the GRE/GMAT as soon as possible. According to ETS’ website, “if you take the computer-delivered GRE General Test, your official scores will be available in your ETS Account and sent to the institutions you designated approximately 10–15 days after your test date.” Please plan accordingly.

To view the Early Notification admissions timeline, please click here.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Meet Denise Bonsu, Admissions Student Blogger

Hi everyone! My name is Denise and I am a first year student studying International Development with a focus in social policy and programs. I am originally from Ghana and spent the first twelve years of my life residing in Accra prior to immigrating to the United States. Witnessing poverty on a day to day basis definitely drew me to International Development and helped shape my desire to work towards alleviating poverty through capacity building and social programming.

Prior to coming to SAIS, I was an undergraduate student at the College of William & Mary. I just received my bachelor's degree in Economics and Sociology this past May. Although I jumped straight from undergraduate school to graduate school, I had significant internship and study abroad experiences prior to coming to SAIS. Outside of international relations, I did competitive ballroom dancing during my undergraduate years and it is a hobby that I am still very much passionate about.

I have recently become very interested in the role that non profit organizations play in poverty reduction and am interested in exploring this avenue further during the internship opportunities I will have at SAIS and after graduation. I am also very interested in Francophone Africa and would love to concentrate in that region after graduation. Although my time at SAIS has just begun, I am excited for all of the future experiences I will have and can’t wait to share those experiences with all of you.

Thanks for reading!
Denise Bonsu, Admissions Student Blogger

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