Diplomacy Scholars

Diplomacy Scholars at NATO.
The 2023 Diplomacy Scholars group at NATO in Brussels, Belgium. The group was led by Director of Undergraduate Studies Abby Lewis (bottom left) and former Student Programs Assistant Director Anna Dolezal (bottom right).

The Nanovic Institute’s Diplomacy Scholars Program seeks to provide a select group of undergraduate and graduate students with the skills necessary to be effective diplomats working to advance the common good in the world today. The program will provide theoretical background but will emphasize practical aspects of diplomacy in dialogue with experienced diplomats. The course culminates in “Diplomacy Immersion” in Europe during Spring Break 2024.

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

  • Judgment and decision making

  • Conflict mediation and negotiation

  • Protocol and management

  • Intercultural communication

  • Public speaking

  • Written communication


Accepted students are required to enroll in the three-credit Deep Dive Into Diplomacy (EURO 30007) during the Spring semester. The class will meet Tu/Th from 9:30 - 10:45 a.m. Any student applying will need to be able to commit to the course in which they 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.

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 consulate tour in Chicago and immersion in Europe.

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. The Nanovic Institute will cover all expenses related to this course and the Spring Break Diplomacy immersion.

Application Details and Eligibility

The Diplomacy Scholars Program is competitive and requires the submission of an application. The course is open to all interested undergraduate students and Master of Global Affairs students in the Keough School of Global Affairs. The 2024 cohort will be limited to 10 undergraduate and graduate students. The application includes a motivational essay. Apply here by October 24, 2023, at 11:59 p.m.

Questions? Contact Director of Undergraduate Studies Abby Lewis.