New Faces Application

About the upcoming conference

Our next Annual New Faces Conference will be held at the Friday Center in Chapel Hill, on Friday September 20 and Saturday September 21, 2019.

This will be the twentieth anniversary of this program. To mark this special occasion, we will be inviting former New Faces to serve as faculty discussants on Friday when “new” New Faces will present their research.  Saturday will be devoted to two special sessions featuring eight more New Faces “alum.” They will discuss the nature and evolution of security studies and reflect on the New Faces program.

The expenses of successful applicants – travel and two to three nights lodging at a local hotel — will be covered by TISS.

Who Can Apply?

  • The competition is open to advanced graduate students working on a Ph.D. and studying in the United States. Preference is usually given to students who will get their Ph.D. in the coming year and who are on, or about to go on, the job market. We have, however, on occasion selected students who have finished their degrees and/or have already found a job.
  • The research of the graduate student must focus on an issue which has relevance for the study of national and international security, broadly defined.
  • We are glad to welcome applications from students in any discipline, including (but not limited to) political science, history, law, anthropology, sociology, and comparative literature.
  • The Selection Committee chooses participants primarily on the basis of their individual excellence. Because it is an interdisciplinary conference, an effort is made to make sure that we invite students from a variety of disciplines.
  • The conference will be organized around the interests of the chosen candidates as opposed to being organized around predetermined themes.

How to Apply:

If you are interested in being considered for this opportunity, please complete and submit the application form embedded below.  In addition, please send the following materials as email attachments to the TISS office c/o  pumphrey@duke.edu by 4 March, 2019. 

  • A letter of recommendation from your dissertation director or other faculty sponsor  
  • A full length curriculum vitae (pdf)
  • A full length abstract of your dissertation (2-3 pages) (pdf)
  • A short 250 – 300 word abstract and a short 250 – 300 word biography  (WORD format). 

We expect to make our decisions in mid-March.   Feel free to contact Carolyn (Tel. 919-613-9280/ e-mail  pumphrey@duke.edu) if you have any questions.