The Walsh School of Foreign Service takes pride in the resources available to our students, from faculty and administrative advisors to library and research guides. We encourage students in the SFS to take charge of their academic careers at Georgetown with the help of the resources on this page.
Academic Policies and Requirements
All SFS students must fulfill the requirements of the interdisciplinary core curriculum including classes in philosophy, theology, writing, government, economics and geography, as well as a language proficiency requirement. Every major has its own additional requirements, and SFS students have other opportunities including additional language study or writing a seniors honor thesis. The School of Foreign Service takes academic integrity very seriously. Every student is required to complete the online Scholarly Research & Academic Integrity Tutorial during the first semester. Students also receive instruction on proper forms of citation and how to avoid plagiarism in first year courses such as the Proseminar. Please visit the Honor System website for more information.
- View core curriculum requirements.
- View information about each major.
- View degree requirements necessary to graduate.
- View SFS academic standards.
- View major learning goals.
- View information regarding the completion of a senior honors thesis.
- View information regarding language study and proficiency requirements.
- View language placement guidelines.
- View general information for prospective study abroad students.
- View a detailed list of study abroad matriculation programs by language.
- View information for current study abroad students on courseloads and returning to Georgetown.
Double counting between majors and certificates is limited to no more than two classes per major. All majors will allow double counting of two classes. Some certificate programs may allow fewer than two courses to double count.
Each certificate program will have a capstone experience as defined by the program.
Students are eligible to create a self-designed certificate. A self-designed certificate must be interdisciplinary, have support of two faculty members and receive final approval by the SFS Academic Standards Committee.
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SFS Dean’s Office
Dean; Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Development
Vice Dean for Undergraduate Affairs; Professor of Geography and Cinco Hermanos Chair in Environment and International Affairs
Senior Associate Dean; Director of the Undergraduate Program; Curricular Dean for IPEC majors
Associate Dean; First Year Student Advisor; Curricular Dean for STIA majors
Associate Dean; First Year and Internal Transfer Student Advisor; Curricular Dean for CULP and IHIS majors
Associate Dean; First Year Student Advisor; Curricular Dean for GBUS majors and the SFS/MSB joint degree Business and Global Affairs program
Associate Dean; First Year Student Advisor; Curricular Dean for IECO majors
Associate Dean; First Year Student Advisor; Curricular Dean for IPOL majors (last name A-K); External Transfer Student Advisor
Assistant Dean; First Year Student Advisor; Curricular Dean for International Politics majors (L-Z)
Assistant Dean; First Year Student Advisor; Curricular Dean for RCST majors
Global Experience Program Director
Dean’s Office, Advising & Appointments
A unique aspect of the SFS undergraduate program is its emphasis on advising. Associate and assistant deans who have relevant academic expertise provide personal advising to the students, which is different in nature from advising by faculty members or by academic counselors. The undergraduate deans aim to provide advice and services tailored to each student by connecting their interests with his/her academic background, academic and non-academic opportunities, and faculty expertise, while guiding his/her academic and personal development, within the greater mission of the School and ethos of the University. The Dean’s Office is the primary source of information for SFS undergraduate students. The Dean’s Staff is responsible for administering the undergraduate program and for advising students on all academic matters, including:
- Completion of degree requirements
- Adjudicating requests for leaves of absence, incomplete coursework, and other waivers of University policy
- Course selection & registration
- Major selection
- Overseas study
- Honors programs
- Post-graduate plans
The Dean’s Office also assists students in cases of illness or emergency and provides information on campus resources available to assist SFS students with a variety of academic and health issues. Students are encouraged to contact the Dean’s Office any time they have questions or require assistance. The Office is open daily from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
Tip: How should I address my dean? It is customary at Georgetown for students to address their deans, professors, and staff members as Dean X, Professor Y, and Mr./Ms. Z, respectively.
BSFS students may sign up for appointments online using Georgetown’s Google Apps. You must be logged into your Google Apps account to make an appointment.
- Click on your dean’s name. Students will see a calendar showing the available appointments. You will also see your own Google calendar overlaid on the appointment page, making it easy to see what times work for you.
- If the Google calendar indicates that no appointments are available until several months into the future, that simply means that the dean’s appointment slots are filled that week. Please check back on Friday for the next week’s appointments.
- WARNING: If your Google calendar is not set for the Eastern Time Zone, you will end up making an appointment at a wrong time.
- Out of courtesy to your fellow students if you need to cancel an appointment do so 24 hours in advance so that the time can be made available to another student.
View individual schedules and make appointments:
- Dean Samuel Aronson
- Dean Kendra Billingslea
- Dean Lisa Gordinier
- Dean Mitch Kaneda
- Dean Mini Murphy
- Dean Anthony Pirrotti
- Dean Polly Robey
- Dean Anna Steinhelper
Report any technical problems with the appointment system to email@example.com.
Advising (First-Years and Undeclared Sophomores)
- First-Years A-B: Samuel Aronson
- First-Years C-G: Lisa Gordinier
- First-Years H-K: Kendra Billingslea
- First-Years L-P: Polly Robey
- First Years Q-R: Mini Murphy
- First-Years S: Anna Steinhelper
- First-Years T-Z: Anthony Pirrotti
- Sophomores A-C: Lisa Gordinier
- Sophomores D-E: Mini Murphy
- Sophomores F-H: Anna Steinhelper
- Sophomores I-K: Anthony Pirrotti
- Sophomores L-N: Samuel Aronson
- Sophomores O-S: Polly Robey
- Sophomores T-Z: Kendra Billingslea
- CULP: Anthony Pirrotti
- GBUS: Kendra Billingslea
- IECO: Polly Robey
- IPEC: Mitch Kaneda
- IHIS: Anthony Pirrotti
- IPOL (A-K): Anna Steinhelper
- IPOL (L-Z): Samuel Aronson
- RCST: Lisa Gordinier
- STIA: Mini Murphy
- BSFS 2018-2019 Functional List Accelerated Degree: Mini Murphy
- Class rank inquiries: All Deans
- External Transfers: Anna Steinhelper
- Fellowships and GOFAR liaison: Anna Steinhelper
- Internal Transfers: TBD
- Non-GU Summer Course Approval: All Deans
- PBK (Phi Beta Kappa): Anna Steinhelper
- Peer Mentoring: Samuel Aronson
- Senior Reviews: All Deans
New and Noteworthy Courses – Fall 2021
- CULP 212-01 | Youth, Violence, and Justice
Instructor(s): Haydar Darici
Term: Fall 2021
Seminar – 3:30 – 6:00 p.m. on Thursdays, Walsh 494
Youth are often considered the engine of social transformation. Indeed, the youth appear as prominent figures virtually in all transformative events around the globe. a notable example is the uprising that expanded to the entire Middle East from Turkey to Egypt to Bahrain. This radical agency attributed to the youth reinforces a set of oppositional but equally powerful public images that index the category of youth: the entrepreneur, the consumer, the laborer, the revolutionary, the activist, the terrorist, the immigrant, the criminal, the child-soldier, the martyr and so forth. These images are ideologically mediated, but they still correspond to historical actuality. In this class, we will develop a critical approach to exploring the public images of youth. Reading interdisciplinary texts, we will trace the discourses and institutions that reinforce these images. We will also investigate how these images are appropriated, subverted, or negated by the youth themselves.
- CULP 267-01 | Transnational Queer Mediamaking
Instructor(s): Mariangela Mihai
Term: Fall 2021
Seminar – 3:30 – 6:00 p.m. on Wednesdays, Reiss 103
Transnational Queer Theory and Mediamaking: This course bring in conversation western queer theory and its Black, Indigenous, and Diasporic critiques with ethnographic accounts of LGBTQIA experiences from around the world. We will explore queer, quare, and kuaer theories to unsettle western-centric understandings of queerness and to gain an in-depth view of how gender pluralism manifests in non-western contexts. Beyond tackling LGBTQIA topics at large, we will discuss the ethics, politics, and controversies of cross-cultural queerness and queer media production, from performance artists to painters, sculptors, and poets; from fashion designers to photographers and filmmakers, we will apply course theories to understand queer media praxis–it’s openings, limitations, and ongoing questionings. We will learn how to “read”, write about, and produce media ourselves. Student will produce a public scholarship multimedia project informed by queer theory and praxis, that will include a film journal, an annotated Spotify Playlist, and a short (5-10 minutes) experimental film.
- IECO 231-01 | Economics of Diversity
Instructor(s): Lidia Ceriani
Term: Fall 2021
Lecture – 9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. on Tuesdays & Thursdays, Reiss 281
To participate fully in the society and in the economy, individuals need to be able to access, accumulate, use, and get an appropriate return on different assets. Among others: human capital (education, skills, health and nutritional status), housing, natural, physical, and financial assets. This course analyzes how, at different stages of their lives, individuals may be prevented from accessing assets, or may have limited assets, or hold assets with low returns, or be unable to exploit their assets effectively, for reasons related to their gender, race, religion or belief, disability status, or sexual orientation. The course also studies policy interventions that were successful in breaking the vicious cycle of discrimination and exclusion. Examples are drawn both from developed and developing economies.
- INAF/JCIV 120 | Holocaust: The Destruction of the European Jews
Instructor: Anna Sommer
Term: Fall 2021
Seminar – 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, ICC 211A
The main objective of this course is to contribute to an understanding of Nazi Germany’s attempt to annihilate the Jews of Europe. The course stresses the historical study of this genocidal event and examines several key issues including: the factors leading up to the Holocaust; their origin and context; the planning and implementation of industrial extermination; and, the response of nation-states. The course also seeks to understand if German and European anti-Semitism was a driving force that led to this genocide. What was the role of modernity in this process and finally, we will discuss complicity and vicarious liability of European nation-states. This course will be divided into three major components including: the origins and development of anti-Semitism and its impacts on anti-Jewish Nazi policy, preparations for, and implementation of, systematic, bureaucratized and industrialized mass killing of Jews and other ethnic groups, and finally, the response of the world during and after the Holocaust. All these questions will be addressed and accessed through the reading of primary and secondary sources and film. We will be reading survivors testimonies and memoirs, as well s the testimonies of witnesses which often evoke painful and emotional reactions. Finally, we will also focus special attention on the moral questions faced by the victims, perpetrators, bystanders and rescuers.
- INAF/JCIV 183 | Interfaith Marriage in Literature and Film
Instructor: Meital Orr
Term: Fall 2021
Seminar – 12:30 – 1:45 p.m. on Tuesdays & Thursdays, ICC 213
This course will examine works of literature and film from the early 20th century to the present day, which focus on the controversial subject and increasingly prevalent reality of interfaith and intercultural relationships and marriages. The course will begin with a view towards the Jewish perspective on this issue (from Biblical to Israeli) covered in the first three weeks, with the remainder of the semester devoted to the navigation of this complex terrain by different religious and national groups in international literature and film, among them: Christians and Muslims, Arabs, Africans and African-Americans, Asians, Indians, Latino/Hispanics and Native Americans. Texts will include primary works of fiction and cinema, and secondary works by literature and film critics, sociologists and anthropologists. Inquiry will focus on ways in which the concerns of each group have intersected, reflecting communal pressures as well as changing realities and norms. The multiplicity of perspectives across all groups, reveal both the need to marry within the fold to preserve communal, religious-cultural values, along with a growing admission of the reality of increasing diversity in modern, pluralistic societies.
- INAF/JCIV 199 | Intro to Jewish Civilization
Instructor(s): Benjamin Haddad
Term: Fall 2021
Seminar – 12:30 – 1:45 p.m. on Tuesday & Thursday, ICC 104
This course, a discussion seminar based on weekly readings, will explore the ways in which historical changes reshape the relationship of Jewish politics to global affairs, from antiquity to the present. It will follow four themes:
- The Jews’ internal attitudes, rooted in biblical and rabbinic culture, of political self-understanding and behavior, especially their relationship to power and authority;
- The hanging political status of Jews in Europe from 1589, especially the acquisition of increased privileges under the ancient regime and equal rights or emancipation in civil society;
- The internal politics of the Jewish community;
- Jews’ participation in politics and diplomacy in the international arena, and especially their relationship to the ideologies or movements that promoted their emancipation, namely, liberalism and socialism, or critiqued it, namely Zionism and Anti-Semitism.
Throughout this course, we will bridge the study of the Jewish past with an eye towards issues of contemporary interest.
- INAF/DBST 218 | Nazi Policy & Practice Regarding Disability
Instructor(s): Patrick Desbois & Andrej Umansky
Term: Fall 2021
Seminar – 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. on Fridays, Car Barn 302 A.
This course will examine both the philosophy and the practice of the Nazis against those who were disabled, whether German, Roma or Jewish. Emphasis will be placed in two areas:
- The roots of the concept of “disability” in Nazi thinking and medical policy, and;
- The application of this policy by medical and social service personnel throughout Nazi-occupied territory.
A close look at the role of eugenics, social Darwinism and “race and blood” hygiene laws will also be included as contributing to the notion of “disability.” Various figures in implementing these policies will also be studied, such as Hans Asperger, a pioneer researcher in Autism, whose own discoveries encouraged the elimination of disabled children at killing centers such as Spiegelgrund.
- IPOL 210 | Borders and Security Concerns
Instructor(s): Elizabeth Stephen
Term: Fall 2021
Lecture – Time & Location TBA
IPOL 210 is an asynchronous on-line course that utilizes a multidisciplinary approach to explore the meaning and experience of borders and related security concerns throughout the world. We incorporate a variety of disciplines – political science, geography, ethics, history, and demography – to examine contested borders of India, the Middle East, Cyprus, and the United States. In addition we study EU immigration policy, multiculturalism, and statelessness. We analyze historical and modern forces that shape borders, and in turn how borders affect the economic, social, and political fabric of countries. Critical writing is emphasized in the course with three writing assignments and weekly posts. There is no final in the course. A highlight of the course is a simulation that takes place across three evenings. Students are placed into discussion groups with peers from the main campus and the GU-Qatar campus.
- IPOL 429 | Hate Groups and Social Media
Instructor(s): Daniel Byman
Term: Fall 2021
Seminar – 2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, Leavey Center CONF
The Internet is full of dangerous content that poses an array of security risks. Neo-Naziz, Islamic State supporters, and the “Incel” movement are only a few of the movements or organizations that peddle hate and have had members involved in terrorism and political violence. In addition, states often play a dangerous role. The government of Myanmar, for example, has pushed propaganda that contributed to genocidal levels of violence. In the United States and several other democratic countries, even hateful groups have a right to free speech, but do they have a right to be on every Internet platform? How do Internet companies determine whom to ban and whom to permit to use their services? Are there alternative approaches to banning content or users that technology companies should consider? What are the human rights and legal implications of these choices? Which actors have a responsibility to act and why, if at all, should private businesses consider policing their platforms? These are some of the questions this course will address.
- STIA 431 | Physics & Chemistry of the Earth’s Climate
Instructor(s): John Woodwell
Term: Fall 2021
Seminar – 5:00 – 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays, White-Gravenor 405
In this course, we mine Earth’s geological record for the evidence that allows us to understand the links among the evolution of Earth’s oceans, lithosphere, cryosphere, and atmosphere. We will employ and extend concepts in physics, chemistry, biology, and system dynamics to understand the composition of the atmosphere and related climate at several stages in geologic time, including the present. Students will complete the course with a firm grasp of the forcings, feedbacks, and impacts of climate change. The principles in science and system dynamics that we will develop in the course have applications across a broad suite of issues in science and policy.
- STIA 440 | NuSciTech: Science and Technology of Nuclear Statecraft
Instructor(s): Christopher Lawrence
Term: Fall 2021
Seminar – 5:00 – 6:15 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays, White-Gravenor 213
With the revival of great power politics, nuclear technology will continue to play an important role in shaping international relationships. Nuclear weapons states are currently modernizing their nuclear arsenals; emerging technologies are introducing new dimensions to the challenge of nuclear deterrence and nuclear-energy infrastructures are being re-deployed as a form of international soft power. These developments pose long-term risks to global security. This course will develop a technical understanding of nuclear infrastructures – both peaceful and military – as they pertain to great power competition and cooperation. We will follow a standard physics-course format – with weekly homework sets and three short exams — to establish mathematical (and some calculus-based) skills and physical intuition. Technical lessons will be interspersed with regular qualitative discussion to develop appreciation for the political opportunities and consequences posed by the technology examined.Back to Top
- CULP 211 – Visual Culture and Politics; Arjun Shankar
- INAF 022 – Israel & International Human Rights; Zion Evrony
- INAF 026 – 3rd Gen Bios of Nazis & Victims; Instructor TBA
- INAF 112 – Data for Social Impact; Cori Zarek
- INAF 200 – SophSem: Policy, Strategy & Metatheory; Keith P. Hrebenak
- INAF 211 – Intel 101; Paula Ann Doyle
- INAF 262 – Community-Based Terror Prevention; Mehreen Farooq
- INAF 274 – Currencies and Technology; Brian A. Lawler
- IPOL 240 – Intro to Military Concepts; John Gordon
- IPOL 325 – Gettysburg Strategy and Tech; Thomas McNaugher
- CULP 211 – Virtual Culture and Politics; Katherine Fehr Chandler
- CULP 325 – Government & Liberty in the Digital Age; Prem M. Trivedi
- INAF 014 – A Pope & Rabbi: Unlikely Friends; Dennis D. McManus & Armando Skorka
- INAF 115-01 & 02 – Quarantine Kitchen; Samuel Aronson
- INAF 116-01 & 02 – The Anti-Book Club; Samuel Aronson
- INAF 210 – Diverse Voices in Foreign Affairs; Carla Koppell
- INAF 211 – Intelligence 101; John A. Gentry
- INAF 283 – Social Entrepreneurship; Michael Whalen Malloy
- INAF 285 – Israel & the Balkans; Bruce Hoffman & Sarah-Masha Fainberg
- INAF 344 – Leadership in Foreign Affairs; Kristie Kenney
- IPOL 240 – Intro to Military Concepts; J. Gordon
- STIA 404 – Conversations in Global Health; John T. Monahan
- BSFS Major Declaration form
- Conflict Exam form
- Incomplete “N” Grade form
- Non-GU Summer Course Approval
- Pre-Georgetown University Approval Form for Courses Taken at Other Colleges
- Course/Credit Exception Request form
- Course Registration Changes form
- Application for Degree Clearance (SFS seniors only)
- Internal Transfer (For SFS-Q and non-SFS students only)
- Tutorial registration form
- BSFS Dean’s Undergraduate Fund Application
- Major Substitution Request form
- FERPA Release Form
Some forms can be found in hard copy in the SFS Dean’s office.Back to Top
Welcome to SFS, new Hoyas! We are eager for you to join us on campus and begin your journey in the Georgetown tradition. As you prepare to begin your first year on the Hilltop, we encourage you to familiarize yourself with the logistics of your transition from high school or another university to the School of Foreign Service.
Advanced Credits (AP, IB, 13th Yr Programs, and College Courses)
- Advanced Placement (AP) credits: Credits for scores that have been received by Georgetown are posted in MyAccess. If any are missing, alert your dean and bring to them your original copy of the AP score report. View AP transfer credit eligibility for the class of 2023.
- International Baccalaureate (IB) credits: Credits are possible for Higher Level subjects with scores of 6 or 7. Credits for scores that have been received by Georgetown are posted in MyAccess. If any are missing, alert your dean and bring to them your original copy of the IB Diploma. View IB transfer credit eligibility for the class of 2023.
- 13-Year Programs (A-Levels, French Baccalaureate, German Abitur, etc.): Bring your official transcript to the SFS Dean’s Office (ICC 301) and leave it with the receptionist for Dean Aronson. If you are eligible for credit it will be added to your record. View international program transfer credit eligibility for the class of 2023.
- College Credits: For courses that satisfy the conditions of transfer credit, please work with your dean to post them on your record. For more information, visit the Undergraduate Bulletin.
Read detailed information for each undergraduate major:
- Culture and Politics
- Global Business
- International Economics
- International History
- International Political Economy
- International Politics
- Regional and Comparative Studies
- Science, Technology, and International Affairs
For all SFS sophomores, the major declaration period begins at the end of the Add-Drop period in September and ends on the Friday before Spring Break. Major declaration must be completed in its entirety by no later than this Friday. If a student is applying for overseas study, major declaration has to be completed before initiating study abroad application, since a meaningful application for junior year abroad cannot be constructed without having declared a major. Note that some study abroad deadlines are during the fall of sophomore year. There are several steps in the major declaration process and students cannot complete them in a day or two. Students need to plan ahead in order to make sure that they meet the deadline. Students who fail to declare a major by the Friday prior to spring break are not allowed to register for fall courses.
General Declaration Procedures
- Students must complete a major declaration form indicating which core courses have been completed. If possible, students should indicate when they hope to fulfill outstanding requirements. This form is submitted with the final essay to the curricular dean responsible for the major. International History majors must also complete the IHIS study plan.
- Students also must write a short essay that outlines the intellectual project they hope to pursue in the context of their major. Students should identify the themes and questions they wish to explore and discuss their plans for doing so. Students preparing for study abroad should include their rationale for the location and course of study they wish to undertake. Most major declaration essays are 250-500 words, but they may be longer. Students should consult with faculty members and curricular deans when writing this essay.
- Once students complete the steps outlined above, they must make an appointment for a sophomore review with the curricular dean responsible for their major. The purpose of the sophomore review is to assess progress toward graduation and make students aware of remaining requirements and opportunities. During the meeting, the curricular dean reviews the major declaration materials and addresses any questions that students may have.
- Students intending to pursue the RCST major should review the specific declaration instructions.
Additional information on majors:
- Click here to view tips on writing major declaration essays.
- Click here for instructions on requesting major course substitutions.
Undergraduate Programs, Fellowships & Research
There are a number of ways you can distinguish yourself as an undergraduate in the Walsh School of Foreign Service. SFS offers a wide range of fellowships and programs for research and study. Undergraduates can pursue scholarships toward internships, travel for academic research, study abroad opportunities, economic conferences, and more. SFS also offers early assurance and accelerated master’s degree programs for qualified undergraduates.
In order to ensure that Latin honors represent a mark of distinction, they will be calculated within designated percentiles according to the following rules (beginning with the graduating class of 2017). Please note that in all cases, honors are determined by percentiles in each school (including SCS) and that all students receiving the BSFS degree (in SFS or SFSQ) will be considered together. Degrees are conferred with honors based on the student’s final cumulative grade point average.
- The lowest grade point average (GPA) of the top five percent (5.000%) of the previous year’s graduating class will be used to determine the GPA needed by the undergraduate students of the next graduating class to graduate Summa Cum Laude.
- The lowest GPA of the next ten percent (i.e., the top 15-5.001%) of the previous year’s graduating class will be used to determine the GPA needed to graduate Magna Cum Laude.
- The lowest GPA of the next ten percent (i.e., the top 25-15.001%) of the previous year’s graduating class will be used to determine the GPA needed to graduate Cum Laude.
Graduation honors for the Class of 2017 (which includes August 2016, December 2016, and May 2017 graduates) will be awarded on the following basis:
- Summa Cum Laude: 3.912 and above
- Magna Cum Laude: 3.844 and above
- Cum Laude: 3.772 and above
Phi Beta Kappa
Founded at the College of William and Mary in 1776, Phi Beta Kappa is an academic honor society that recognizes scholarly attainment in the liberal arts and sciences. The Georgetown Chapter, Delta of the District of Columbia, was founded in 1964.
Membership is extended to up to the top ten percent of the graduating class, and the top two percent of the junior class, from the School of Foreign Service, the College, and Health Studies and International Health majors in the School of Nursing and Health Studies.
Fellowships and Research
Alexander Lezhnev Research Travel Grant
The Alexander Lezhnev Research Travel Grant was established by Virginia D. Lezhnev for undergraduates who have papers accepted at international conferences. The Grant is for travel, supplies, and other related expenses while attending the conference.
Alvarez Memorial Scholarship
The Alvarez Memorial Scholarship provides scholarship awards to SFS students who, due to limited financial resources, would otherwise be unable to accept non-paying public interest internships or research assistantships. The Scholarship is available for current students who receive need-based financial aid from the University.
BSFS Dean’s Undergraduate Fund
The School of Foreign Service Undergraduate Dean’s Fund offers academic year reimbursements for either thesis projects or other academic research. All School of Foreign Service students, first year through fourth year, are encouraged to apply. Please see the application for important information and project criteria. Students may apply in groups or individually. To apply, please fill out the application form. The committee reviews applications on a bi-monthly basis and will not consider last minute requests. For questions please email the BSFS Deans account at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note that the application is closed for the remainder of AY 2020-2021, and will reopen for the fall 2021 semester.
Carroll Fellows Initiative
The Carroll Fellows Initiative helps its Fellows organize and support their pursuit of excellence in a community of like-minded peers. Carroll Fellows value hard work, patience, honesty, rationality, curiosity and learning. They treat their college years as a laboratory in leadership and define themselves as thinkers who do. Fellows also receive structured research training as part of the CFI Forum. Students apply to the Carroll Fellows in the fall of their first year.
The Carroll Round is an annual international economics conference at Georgetown University that provides a unique forum for research and discussion among the world’s top undergraduates. The goal of the Carroll Round is to foster the exchange of ideas among leading undergraduate international economics and political economy students by encouraging and supporting the pursuit of scholarly innovation in the field.
China Studies Fellowships
Undergraduates, graduating seniors and graduate students with advanced Chinese language ability can apply for one of six China Studies Fellowships, including tuition, room, and board, at National Chengchi University.
Circumnavigators Club Fellowship
For more information on this fellowship, look in The Globe.
The Georgetown Office of Fellowships, Awards, and Resources (GOFAR) provides guidance and support to students and alumni pursuing a broad range of merit-based fellowships, scholarships, and awards for domestic and international study, research, and professional development – from the Rhodes Scholarship to the Fulbright Fellowship. For more information about fellowship opportunities and the support that GOFAR provides to student scholar and professional development, please visit gofar.georgetown.edu/ofa or email email@example.com.
Georgetown Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (GUROP)
GUROP offers all students the opportunity to conduct research with a faculty member in their discipline. Students are matched with faculty doing research within an area of interest and commit 60 hours/semester to the specific project.
Georgetown University Undergraduate Research Symposium
The symposium gives undergraduates students in all fields of research an opportunity to present their work to the Georgetown community in a formal setting. Applicants need only send an abstract and an outline to be considered. Work is shared through poster presentations, moderated panel discussions, and individual presentations. The symposium also honors the faculty mentors who facilitate undergraduate research at Georgetown.
Improving the Human Conditions Award
The Improving the Human Condition Award offers funding to BSFS students engaged in meaningful summer projects that improve the quality of life for others. These projects may be conducted through structured internships, research assistantships, or independent work with an international focus. The selection committee looks for students who have a commitment to social causes and an understanding of how their passion and experiences supplement and enhance their academic work. Past recipients, graduating seniors, and students on leave may not apply for the Improving the Human Condition Award. All other students are encouraged to submit an application. Due to extenuating circumstances as a result of Covid-19 disruptions to global opportunities this summer, all opportunities must be done remotely (online) to qualify. For more information, please read the FAQ.
Institute Study of Diplomacy Fellows
The Junior Fellowship in Diplomacy program provides selected BSFS undergraduates an opportunity to pursue independent study projects that focus on recent and current diplomatic problems, issues and questions. Students are paired with an advisor to research a project of their choosing and participate in other activities during the fellowship. Students apply in the spring of their junior year to the fellowship which offers academic credit and a tuition stipend.
Mark Adamsson Prize
The Mark Adamsson Prize is awarded each year to a member of the SFS junior class. It honors the memory of Mark Adamsson, an SFS student who passed away unexpectedly in 2015. The Prize of $5,000 supports a summer-long international project which may take the form of research or an equally rewarding and useful initiative to make the world a better place. Winners are expected to provide a brief report on their summer’s work by the end of September of their senior year, to be shared with the Dean’s office, past winners of the Prize, and friends and family of Mark Adamsson.
Spring 2021 Application Process: TBD.
Mortara Undergraduate Research Fellows program (MURFS)
The School of Foreign Service and the Mortara Center for International Studies sponsor the Mortara Undergraduate Research Fellows Program. As part of the University’s strong commitment to undergraduate research, a select group of SFS students partner with professors as research-assistants and potential co-authors on complex research projects throughout their undergraduate career.
National Honor Societies
Students in the School of Foreign Service are eligible for election to Phi Beta Kappa, Alpha Sigma Nu (Jesuit National Honor Society), Omicron Delta Epsilon (Economics National Honor Society), Pi Sigma Alpha (National Honor Society in Political Science), Phi Alpha Theta (International Honor Society in History), Pi Delta Phi (National French Honor Society), Sigma Delta Pi (National Spanish Honor Society), Phi Lambda Beta (Portuguese National Honor Society), and Dobro Slovo (National Slavic Honor Society).
National Scholarships and Fellowships
School of Foreign Service students can apply for over a dozen scholarships and fellowships to conduct research in any discipline both during and after their undergraduate studies through the GOFAR office. SFS students have successfully competed for prestigious awards including Rhodes, Fulbright, Truman and Mitchell Scholarships.
Paul Pelosi Scholars
The mission of the Pelosi Scholars Initiative is to provide exceptional SFS undergraduate students with the professional skillset and network of practitioners and scholars necessary to address the most pressing international challenges of our time. In keeping with the school’s century-long tradition of preparing students for public service and global leadership, PSI enables students to complement their rigorous academic coursework with mentorship and professional experience in order to recognize their full potential as women and men for others. Applications are due September 21, 2019. To complete an application, please click here.
Peter F. Krogh Honors Seminar
Named for the Dean Emeritus of the School of Foreign Service, this seminar offers 15 highly qualified students the opportunity to work closely with a senior member of the faculty. The Krogh seminar always addresses a theme of central importance in international affairs, with the topic and professor changing from year to year. Students apply to participate in the seminar in their sophomore year.
Provost Undergraduate Research Presentation Awards (PURPAS)
The Office of the Provost announces a pilot program that provides funds for undergraduates who want to extend their undergraduate research efforts beyond the Georgetown campus in either traditional or innovative ways, in the form of conference presentations, publications, or performances. The Provost Undergraduate Research Presentation Awards (PURPAS) support students who want to bring the findings of their research to a professional or scholarly community, or to other venues. There are multiple mechanisms for supporting thesis and independent research on campus, such as tutorials, GUROP, Raines, Kalorama, and various research fellowships. However, limited funds are available for the creative and expansive dissemination of the results of research, through, for example, conference presentations, publications, and performances.
Undergraduate Scholars Program
The School of Foreign Service Undergraduate Scholars Program will place SFS undergraduate students in different research centers, often tied to master’s programs, throughout the School. Students interested in national security might work with the Center for Security Studies, those interested in Asia with the Asian Studies Program, and so on. Scholars will work on professional projects, conduct advanced research, get to know graduate faculty and master’s students, and engage the intellectual life of the programs. The particulars will vary: some scholars might conduct research in teams for an international organization or corporation. Others would assist Georgetown scholars in their research. Still others might do independent work under the supervision of a graduate student and professor. All scholars, however, will be part of a small group focused on cutting-edge research and important issues in the world today. Scholars will be with the centers and programs for at least a year.
The AY 2021-2022 application window is closed as of Monday, April 12, 11:59 p.m. ET. The next application period will take place in March 2022. If you have any questions, please reach out to Patty Ritter, SFS Undergraduate Dean’s Office Program Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Walsh Exchange is an undergraduate international relations research conference held in April. Focusing on the three broad themes of international institutions, international politics and security, and area studies, the Exchange affords top students the ability to gain greater exposure for their research by presenting in a formal conference setting.
Undergraduate Career Center
SFS students understand the benefits from exposure to different ideas, cultures, people, and places that push boundaries and comfort zones. That is why nearly 70% of SFS undergraduate students spend some time abroad. Experiences range from short-term opportunities to longer full-immersion experiences.
Georgetown University has no shortage of exceptional global opportunities for students to participate in both within the SFS and around campus. SFS continues to work to better prepare students for a more globally-connected future and facilitate opportunities so that every SFS student may be able to participate in a global experience before graduating.
Below you will find some of the opportunities that are open to SFS undergraduate students around campus. If you see something of interest or if you hear about an opportunity not listed below, please make an appointment or stop by to discuss.
Global Experience Program Director
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Short-term and Summer Opportunities
- SFS Centennial Labs (Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and the US)
- Holocaust by Bullets in Eastern Europe taught by CJC Professor Fr. Patrick Desbois
- African Studies Program: Kenya Spring Break
- Non-SFS classes in Italy (Spring Break)
- Center for Social Justice (CSJ) Alternative Breaks (Spring Break and Summer)
- African Studies Program: Summer in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
- Office of Global Education: Italy Program at Ville Le Balze and Georgetown in Doha, Qatar
- McDonough School of Business Summer Abroad Programs: Barcelona, Hong Kong, and Oxford
- Beeck Center’s GU Impacts (Summer)
- Office of Global Education: Semester and Year-Long Study Abroad
- Study Abroad Direct Matriculation Programs
Global Internship, Fellowship, and Research Opportunities & Resources
- SFS Dean’s Fund (research, SFS only)
- Circumnavigators Fellowship (SFS only)
- Geneva Centre for Security Policy: Young Leaders in Foreign and Security Policy (SFS only)
- Improving the Human Condition Grant (SFS only)
- Lalibela Game Reserve Internship in South Africa (SFS only)
- Mortara Undergraduate Research Fellows Program (SFS only)
- Paul F. Pelosi Scholars Initiative (SFS only)
- Critical Language Scholarship
- David F. Andretta Summer Research Fellowship
- Education & Social Justice Summer Research Fellowship
- GOFAR (Georgetown Office of Fellowships, Awards, & Resources)
- gui²de Student Experiences
- GUROP (Georgetown Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program)
- Georgetown Undergraduate Scholarships (need-based)
- The Lisa J. Raines Fellowship (research)
- 100 Projects for Peace Fellowship
- SIPS (Georgetown Social Innovation & Public Service Fund)