Discover Diplomacy: America’s Diplomats in a Changing World: The John C. Whitehead Student Conference, U.S. Department of State, Washington, DC, October 26, 2016

By: David J. Smith, August 11, 2016

I recently received this from the U.S. Department of State.  If you need more information contact Alexander Vagg at

Have you ever wanted to learn more about a career in diplomacy? Or how to contribute your ideas to critically important foreign policy issues? If so, I encourage you to take advantage of a scholarship opportunity. You can apply for a scholarship to attend the Discover Diplomacy: America’s Diplomats in a Changing World conference. The conference will be hosted by the Department of State’s U.S. Diplomacy Center on Wednesday, October 26 in Washington DC.

The Discover Diplomacy conference will bring students and educators together with foreign policy experts from the Department of State working on the frontlines of international affairs to explore why and how the United States engages in a wide variety of critical issues around the world.

Through plenary, panel and breakout sessions, conference attendees will engage with diplomats to discuss how they respond to critical issues and crises abroad, work with international partners, protect and defend U.S. interests, and began their foreign policy careers. Conference attendees will have the chance to meet and network with their peers, diplomats, foreign affairs experts and policymakers of all ages and career backgrounds.

The conference is organized by the U.S. Diplomacy Center, the first museum and education center dedicated to helping the American public understand the critical work done every day by American diplomats. In order to reach students from across the country, the Department of State is offering a limited number of scholarships. Scholarships will cover round-trip economy class equivalent transportation to Washington DC, 2-day lodging costs, full entry to the Discover Diplomacy conference, and a private reception for scholarship winners. Scholarships are highly competitive.

If interested, apply by submitting an application package to your regional Diplomat-In-Residence (DIR, see attached email for name and email address) by September 9, 2016. A form detailing the components of an application package is attached to this email (the application also requires a faculty or DIR recommendation).

This event is a unique opportunity to meet and learn from foreign affairs experts who work on some of the most exciting issues facing our country today. It provides the chance to take an inside look at the nation’s oldest and most prestigious foreign affairs agency. Seize the opportunity and submit a scholarship application as soon as possible.

Information on the conference and available scholarships is below.

Whitehead Conf One Pager

Whitehead Scholarship Application

Whitehead Conference Scholarship Details, Selection Criteria and Award Process





Published by David J. Smith

I am a career coach, consultant, and head of a not for profit - the Forage Center - that offers humanitarian education training. I also teach at George Mason University and Drexel University. A one time lawyer, I spent many years teaching in a community college where I was a Fulbright U.S. Scholar teaching in Estonia. I'm the author of Peace Jobs: A Student's Guide to Starting a Career Working for Peace (IAP 2016). I've been married to my best friend for over 31 years and we have two well adjusted adult children who teach me something new everyday. I live in Rockville, Maryland.

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