Winter 2019 (FY2018) Study of the U.S. Institute on U.S. National Security Policymaking

Application Deadline: October 1, 2018

The U.S. Embassy in Beirut is pleased to announce the U.S. National Security Policymaking Program as part of the Study of the United States Institutes.

The program is a post-graduate academic seminar that provides scholars and professionals an opportunity to deepen their understanding of U.S. national security policy.  The program focuses on the role of the federal government, think-tanks, media, and public opinion in shaping U.S. foreign policy.

The program will examine the question of how we discern U.S. national security policy continuities and changes that shape the policies and conduct of presidential administrations. The Institute will encourage intellectual engagement, reflection, and interaction with U.S.-based experts to deepen scholar knowledge of the foundations and formulation of U.S. national security policy. The program utilizes a cross-cutting secondary theme titled, “the institutions and processes of national security policymaking” and focuses on four interconnected modules: 1) The U.S. view of the world and its place in the global system; 2) Terrorism and national security in the U.S. and abroad; 3) U.S. immigration and refugee policies; and 4) The search for the right balance between unilateralism and multilateralism.  Each week, scholars will participate in academic sessions, roundtable discussions with U.S. national security experts, and conversations with the broader Newark, Delaware community on key thematic topics. The Institute participants will also travel to San Antonio and Austin, Texas; New York City, New York; Washington, D.C.; and other regional locales.

The Institute will be hosted by the University of Delaware, Newark from January 3 to February 15, 2019.

Candidates should be:

  • Mid-career between the ages of 30-50;
  • University-level faculty or national security professionals from institutions of higher education, or from national security policymaking institutions, including national military academies, government ministries, non-government organizations, and think-tanks;
  • Hold a minimum of a graduate (Masters’) degree;
  • Fluent in English;
  • Lebanese citizens or long-term Palestinian residents in Lebanon. U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents (green card holder) are NOT eligible;
  • Experienced professionals with little or no prior experience in the United States, whose home institution is seeking to introduce aspects of U.S. studies into its curricula, to develop new courses in the subject of the program, to enhance and update existing courses on the United States, or to offer specialized seminars/workshops for professionals in U.S. studies areas related to the program subject.

Program funding:

The U.S. Government will cover all participant costs, including: program administration, international travel, domestic travel and ground transportation, book, cultural, mailing and incidental allowances, insurance, housing and meals.


  • Applications are due to the U.S. Embassy on October 1, 2018 at noon – late submissions will not be considered.
  • Click here to download the Word Document application form (93 KB).
  • Applications can be e-mailed to or can be hand-delivered or mailed to the S. Embassy in Awkar. Applications may be sent via mail (PO Box 70-840, Antelias) or delivered to the reception window of the U.S. Embassy.U.S. Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon
    c/o Public Diplomacy Section
    Address: Awkar facing the Municipality
    P.O. Box 70-840 Antelias


As with all U.S. Embassy-sponsored programs, the U.S. Government pays for all major expenses, including roundtrip airfare, shared accommodation during the program, meals and health insurance.  Competition is merit-based and Lebanese and long-term Palestinian residents in Lebanon from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Applicants will be considered without regard to race, religion, sex, age, and/or physical impairment.