Congressional Scholars Program


2015 FPI Congressional Scholars Program

“Understanding the Global Face of Terrorism”

The Foreign Policy Initiative (FPI) kicked of it's Congressional Scholars Program class of 2015 in June. This bipartisan program identifies staff who share FPI’s commitment to American leadership in world affairs and provides them with a combination of educational and networking opportunities to further their professional development.

Program Description

What? FPI Congressional Scholars will participate in weekly private briefings on the topic “Understanding the Global Face of Terrorism" with influential foreign policy experts, authors, and practitioners between June 12 and August 27, 2015.  Sessions will include case studies on various terrorist organizations, the role of state sponsors of terror, and combating terror finance, as well as a capstone crisis simulation.

Who? Previous programs featured speakers such as Former Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Michèle Flournoy, Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Tom Malinowski, former special advisor for transition in Syria Fred Hof, Former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy and FPI Board Member Ambassador Eric Edelman, Former Assistant Secretary of State Steve Rademaker, and Ambassadors Fred Hof and Mark Green.

When? Events will take place mostly on Friday afternoons from June through mid-August, with occasional evening events and one day-long simulation during August recess.

Requirements & Expectations

FPI seeks the best and brightest staffers on Capitol Hill. Previous participants in the program have included professional staff members in the House and Senate Committees on Armed Services and Foreign Relations, military and foreign policy legislative assistants, and senior staff from member offices. 

Application Process

The application period for the 2015 program has ended. Please email any questions to



“I cover foreign affairs for a member and it gave me a better understanding of American interests in an important area of the world."

“The speakers didn't give you talking points, but instead gave real policy ideas."

"This program was so timely. I would be talking about an issue one day in an FPI seminar, and then talking about the same issue to my boss the next day."

“I thought the program really had a bipartisan appeal. Even though I disagreed with the speakers from time to time, I appreciated hearing opposing views and strengthening my understanding of the other side of my arguments.”

“I had a great time with the fellowship and really enjoyed getting to dig into the issues with such smart and talented guest speakers." 

Former Speakers

Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Tom Malinowski

Former Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Michèle Flournoy

Former Special Coordinator for regional affairs in the US Department of State's Office of the Special Envoy for Middle East Peace Ambassador Frederic Hof

Former Assistant Secretary of State and Director of the Proliferation Security Initiative Steve Rademaker

Former Deputy Director of Future Operations at the U.S. Navy Fifth Fleet Chris Harmer

Vice President of International Governmental Affairs for Ford Motor Company Steve Biegun

Former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy and FPI Board Member Ambassador Eric Edelman

Former Member of Congress Jim Kolbe

Mission Statement

The Foreign Policy Initiative seeks to promote an active U.S. foreign policy committed to robust support for democratic allies, human rights, a strong American military equipped to meet the challenges of the 21st century, and strengthening America’s global economic competitiveness.
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