Diplomacy Scholars Spring 2022

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The Nanovic Institute’s Diplomacy Scholars Program is a new and innovative offer that seeks to provide a select group of undergraduate students with the skills necessary to be effective diplomats working to advance the common good in the world today. The Nanovic Institute Diplomacy Scholars Program will be executed in partnership with the prestigious Diplomatic Academic of Vienna. The program will provide theoretical background, but will emphasize practical aspects of diplomacy in dialogue with experienced diplomats. The course culminates in an optional two week “Diplomacy Tour” in Europe in early June 2022.

 Through simulations, conversations with current and former diplomats, and coursework students will develop six key competencies:

Judgement and decision making

        Conflict mediation and negotiation

        Protocol and management ;

        Intercultural communication

        Public speaking

        Written communication

Interested students are encouraged to attend an information session Monday, October 25 at 7 p.m. in the Nanovic Institute. Applications are due Monday, November 1 at 11:59 p.m.



Accepted students are required to enroll in the one-credit Deep Dive Into Diplomacy (EURO 30007) course which meets for eight regular class sessions of 75 minutes each. During these sessions students will discuss the diplomatic way of life and the ethical and political questions at the heart of international diplomacy. They will gain a direct understanding of what it means to work in a Foreign Service capacity. This course will be taught by Nanovic Institute Director Clemens Sedmak in collaboration with the Keough School of Global Affairs’ Associate Director for Professional Development and Alumni Relations, and former diplomat in the U.S. Foreign Service, Melinda Fountain.

Students will learn from and practice diplomatic skills in exclusive sessions with visiting speakers from a variety of diplomatic fields.In addition to the course sessions, students will be expected to participate in a few additional course enrichment activities including a “protocol dinner,” and to a consulate tour in Chicago.  

This is an intensive program that requires students to be engaged with and committed to the material and activities. Class materials including books, excursions, and activities are provided by the Nanovic Institute for European Studies. The Nanovic Institute for European Studies will cover all expenses related to this course and the summer “Diplomacy Tour.”

As an additional aspect of its engagement with diplomacy, the Nanovic Institute will offer a diplomacy immersion experience, or Diplomacy Tour in Vienna and Brussels in the summer of 2022. Participation in this faculty-led trip is optional, but participants in the Nanovic Institute Diplomacy Scholars Program will be offered slots on this international immersion first.

Application Details:

The Diplomacy Scholars Program is competitive and requires submission of an application. The application includes a motivational essay. Apply here by Monday, November 1 at 11:59 p.m.

Questions? Contact Student Programs Assistant Manager Anna Dolezal