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The Program

Launched in 2016, the International Affairs Fellowship (IAF) in Canada seeks to strengthen mutual understanding and cooperation between rising generations of leaders and thinkers in the United States and Canada. The program provides for one to two mid-career U.S. citizens per year to spend six to twelve months hosted by a Canadian institution to deepen their knowledge of Canada. Fellows are drawn from academia, business, government, media, NGOs, and think tanks. CFR will work with its network of contacts to assist the fellows in finding suitable host organizations in Canada.


The IAF in Canada is open only to mid-career professionals who have a demonstrated commitment to a career in foreign policy and have an interest in U.S.-Canada relations. The program welcomes applicants from a broad range of professional, academic, and personal backgrounds. Qualified candidates must be U.S. citizens.

Selection Process

Fellows are selected on the basis of academic and professional accomplishments and promise, the merits and feasibility of their specific research or action proposals, character and personal qualities conducive to promoting cross-cultural communication and cooperation, and the contribution that the proposed research or professional activity will make to the applicant’s individual career development. The selection process is highly competitive. CFR invites the most qualified candidates for in-person interviews. Based on the overall application and the results of the interviews, the selection committee awards the fellowship to the strongest candidates.

Fellowship Award

The duration of the fellowship is between six and twelve months. The program awards a stipend of $95,000 for a period of twelve months as well as a modest travel allowance. Fellows are considered independent contractors rather than employees of CFR, and are not eligible for employment benefits, including health insurance.

How to Apply

Interested candidates who meet the program’s eligibility requirements can apply online at www.cfr.org/fellowships between July 1 and October 31 on an annual basis. Official selections will be made by January, and the fellowship will commence in September.


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The John Hope Franklin Center seeks collaborating partners for its Fall 2016 Wednesdays at the Center program.

Program Description:

Wednesdays at the Center (W@TC) is a weekly series in which scholars, artists, journalists, and others speak informally about their work in conversation with an audience of students, faculty, staff and community members.

The series is organized, hosted, and archived by the John Hope Franklin Center. Collaborating partners provide support with lunch logistics and guest services. All events in the series are free and open to the public.

For more information, and to apply, please visit the following website.

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This summer Duke students, faculty, staff and alumni will participate in the Duke Global Baton, a shared Instagram account that will travel the globe in 90 days. With each handoff, the Duke Global Baton will visually showcase Duke people and activities around the world beginning June 2.

Follow along with their photo project on the Duke Global Baton Instagram and participate independently by tagging your posts with the hashtag #DukeIsEverywhere or by tagging @dukeglobalbaton when you are in amazing locations, such as climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. Every Wednesday, the Duke University Office of Global Affairs will pick a community post to feature on the account.


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The International House & the Duke University Center for International Studies will host Cultural Crossroads, a live story telling event.  At Cultural Crossroads, members of the Duke community will share their stories about a time they had to navigate a cultural encounter and the lessons they learned.

Date: Wednesday, May 4
Time: 12:00-1:30pm
Location: Holsti-Anderson Family Assembly Room, Rubenstein Library (floor 1)

Lunch will be provided.

RSVP here.

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The Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) Fellowship Program provides opportunities to doctoral candidates to engage in full-time dissertation research abroad in modern foreign languages and area studies. The program aims to encourage the study of regions and cultures that are not commonly explored.

Duke University Campus Deadline: Monday, April 26, 2016

For more information, please visit the AY-2016 Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad webpage below:

AY-2016 Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA)

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Wednesday, April 20, 2016
John Hope Franklin Center
Room 240, Ahmadieh Family Conference Hall

Light lunch will be provided.

Since the 1990s, the Duke University Center for International Studies (DUCIS) has supported a number of thematic working groups that are both interdisciplinary in membership and student-driven in design. These working groups are encouraged to share their individual perspectives on issues of a global nature. Within these working groups, graduate students have the opportunity to share their own research and to receive feedback from a variety of disciplines.  In 2015-2016, the Duke University Center for International Studies awarded the following working groups on global issues: Forest Elephant, Global Environmental Health and Energy, Global (In)Humanities, Humor and Politics, Informed Choices for Equitable Development, Ocean Policy, People and Nature, and Transboundary Water Resources. At this presentation, students from various working groups will present on the work and research they have completed throughout the year.  For more information on the 2015-2016 working groups, please visit the following website.

This event is presented by the John Hope Franklin Center and the Duke University Center for International Studies.  A light lunch will be served and parking is available in nearby parking decks.

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Latin America: Development Challenges and Opportunities


Sponsor: Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS)
Location: Fuqua School of Business-RJ Reynolds Auditorium – Map
Cost: Free and open to the public.
When: 04/20/2016 at 06:00 PM to 04/20/2016 at 07:30 PM
Contact: jprather@duke.edu
Phone: 684-6054

Eduardo Wallentin is the Senior Manager of the Strategy Unit for Latin America and the Caribbean at the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the arm of the World Bank that lends to the private sector.

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For more information, please click here.

Join the Ocean Policy Working Group for a day of presentations and discussions with working professionals surrounding the issue of marine debris and how this contemporary challenge is being confronted.  To register for the event, visit http://sites.duke.edu/opwg

Featured organizations include:
The Environmental Protection Agency
The Ocean Conservancy
5 Gyres
NOAA Marine Debris
The American Chemistry Council
University of Georgia
Duke Marine Lab
Onslow County, NC

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The Honorable William Joseph Burns
President of the Carnegie Endowment for Peace and former US Ambassador to Russia & Jordan

 Will speak on:

American Leadership in a Changing International Landscape


Date: Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Time: 5:00 – 6:15 pm
Location: The Nasher Museum of Art – Auditorium at Duke University 
This lecture is free and open to the public.

Article in the Duke Chronicle

Bill Burns is president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the oldest international affairs think tank in the United States. Ambassador Burns retired from the U.S. Foreign Service in 2014 after a thirty-three-year diplomatic career. He holds the highest rank in the Foreign Service, career ambassador, and is only the second serving career diplomat in history to become deputy secretary of state.

Prior to his tenure as deputy secretary, Ambassador Burns served from 2008 to 2011 as under secretary for political affairs. He was ambassador to Russia from 2005 to 2008, assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern affairs from 2001 to 2005, and ambassador to Jordan from 1998 to 2001. His other posts in the Foreign Service include: executive secretary of the State Department and special assistant to former secretaries of state Warren Christopher and Madeleine Albright; minister-counselor for political affairs at the U.S. embassy in Moscow; acting director and principal deputy director of the State Department’s policy planning staff; and special assistant to the president and senior director for Near East and South Asian affairs at the National Security Council.

Ambassador Burns is the recipient of three Presidential Distinguished Service Awards and a number of Department of State awards, including three Secretary’s Distinguished Service Awards and two Distinguished Honor Awards. He has also received the highest civilian honors from the Department of Defense and the U.S. intelligence community. In 2013, Foreign Policy named him “Diplomat of the Year”.

Ambassador Burns earned a bachelor’s in history from LaSalle University and master’s and doctoral degrees in international relations from Oxford University, where he studied as a Marshall Scholar. He is a recipient of four honorary doctoral degrees and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

For more information, contact Nancy Hare Robbins at nhare@duke.edu.

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Futures & Ruins poster

This two-day interdisciplinary event, March 25 and 26, 2016, will bring together approximately 35-40 graduate students and faculty, as well as artists, designers, practitioners and policymakers in fields from architecture to design. Organized into four thematic groups – mediation, violence, imagination, and materiality – participants will present their work and engage in collective round-table discussions, as well as workshop pieces of writing in progress. We envision this event as a creative, collaborative, and constructive space to discuss the increasing public worry over ecological, social, and political crises from all over the world, as well as possibilities of ethnographically engaging with these crises and the possibility of better or different futures. The workshop will harbor interdisciplinary collaboration, and we have specifically organized the workshop to emphasize global diversity. The participants work all across the world, and thus the workshop also concerns how crisis and destruction take shape differently across the globe.

In this collaborative space, we will consider several questions: Is it possible to account for the coeval feeling of pending global ecological and economic disaster, and the emergence of optimism and discussions of the “good life” in a single discussion? What methodologies can incorporate both large-scale uncertainty about the human future and the everyday, grassroots strategies through which individuals cope with and attempt to modify crisis? How may attention to these themes reshape what it means to live and persist within precarious and exhaustive conditions on the one hand, and aspirations towards a better future on the other? What might an interdisciplinary theoretical framework offer studies of crisis worlds and political uncertainty? Finally, how can scholars and practitioners collaborate to more holistically address such large-scale processes and problems?

For more information, please click here.

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