The Richard B. Russell Security Leadership Program (SLP) is a year-long academic program designed to increase a student’s ability to understand, analyze, and create policy related to national security, nonproliferation, and the management of international conflict. The first semester is spent in an intensive, research-oriented course taught by CITS staff, members of the UGA community, and guest lecturers from the policy-making and national security communities. In the second semester, students partake in a guided program which affords them the opportunity to work on projects related to CITS’ international workshops, seminars for strategic trade control practitioners, and interdisciplinary research endeavors here at UGA. If students prefer, they may also conduct independent security-related research with the assistance of CITS staff and associated faculty. Students also help to facilitate the biannual Security & Strategic Trade Management Academy, which is hosted by SPIA and features speakers and participants from all over the world.

The SLP offers a variety of opportunities designed to facilitate the professionalization of students interested in the security field. Participants have gone on to positions in the US government, the UN, the International Atomic Energy Agency, high-technology manufacturers, consulting firms, and prestigious academic institutions.

SLP participants have the opportunity to attend the annual CITS in DC Spring Break trip alongside students from our Master in International Policy program. While the itinerary for the trip varies from year to year, past trips have involved opportunities to meet with practitioners from security-relevant government agencies (Department of State, Department of Energy/NNSA, Department of Commerce, Department of Defense, FBI) and think-tanks (Center for Strategic &  International Studies, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and others).

This program is NOT limited to students from any particular academic background. Students of all disciplines are encouraged to apply.

Each semester of the Richard B. Russell Security Leadership Program confers three (3) hours of academic credit.

To apply to the Russell Security Leadership Program, you will need:

  • A completed SLP application form 2019
  • A cover letter explaining your interest in the program (250-500 words)
  • A resumé or curriculum vitae
  • A transcript (official or unofficial)
  • A writing sample on a topic relating to international affairs (less than 5000 words)

Applications for Fall 2019 are due by 4 p.m. EST on Friday, March 29.

All application materials should be hand-delivered to the main CITS office at 120 Holmes-Hunter Academic Building.