emergin scholar

Initiated in 2001, the annual Milton Wolf Seminar explores cutting
edge issues related to media and diplomacy. It is designed to bring together a diverse group of individuals representing multiple perspectives and nationalities. Attendees include: diplomats, journalists, academics, NGO professionals, and graduate students.

Each year the seminar organizers select approximately 5-10 outstanding advanced MA candidates, PhD students, post doctoral students, law students, or equivalents studying areas related to the seminar theme to serve as Emerging Scholar Fellows.

Emerging Scholar Fellows receive economyemerging scholar 2 class airfare, accommodation, and a food and local travel stipend, which covers all costs of attending the Seminar. In exchange for full funding, Emerging Scholars attend all seminar discussions and events and serve as a member of our blogging team and author a 2000-word blog post documenting and analyzing the seminar discussions. Blog posts are published on the CGCS blog and included in annual Milton Wolf Seminar Compendium.

If you are interested in applying to be an Emerging Scholar at the next Milton Wolf Seminar, please monitor our Facebook page. Applications are solicited annually in January before the Seminar.

To apply for the 2016 Emerging Scholars Program, please send your CV, a cover letter outlining your interest in the 2016 seminar topic, and a completed application form to Amelia Arsenault by January 25, 2016.

Program Details

  • Eligibility: The program is only open to graduate students and those engaged in postdoctoral work or the equivalent. Those who have graduated with their terminal degree and are already engaged in full time work in their chosen field (i.e. faculty members) are not eligible to apply.
  • Conditions of Funding: To participate in the Program, Emerging Scholars agree to attend all seminar events and produce a blog post of approximately 2000 words.
  • Blog Posts: Emerging scholar blog posts typically focus on panels, themes, or issues raised by the seminar discussions that are of particular interest to their academic work and/or highlight areas that were under-explored during the seminar discussions. These blog posts are important, because they help to serve as a permanent record of the proceedings and discussions. Posts are normally due three weeks following the end of the Seminar. Examples of posts from previous seminars are hyperlinked below.
  • Application Process: Applications must include: a cover letter outlining how your work relates to and would benefit from attending the Milton Wolf Seminar, an academic CV or resume, and a completed application form.

Previous Emerging Scholars

2015: Triumphs and Tragedies: The Media and Global Events in 2014


2014: The Third Man Theme Revisited: Foreign Policies of The Internet in a Time of Surveillance And Disclosure.


2013: Diplomatic Maneuvers and Journalistic Coverage in a Time of Reset, Pivot and Rebalance


2012: Transitions Transformed: Ideas of Information and Democracy post-2011


2011: Picking up the Pieces: Fragmented Sovereignties and Emerging Information Flows


2010: New Media, New Newsmakers, New Public Diplomacy: The Changing Role of Journalists, NGOs, and Diplomats in a Multi-Modal Media World

  • Felicity Duncan – PhD Student in Communication; Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania
  • Tori Horton – MA Student in Public Diplomacy; Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California
  • Kate Cronin-Furman – Ph.D. Student in Political Science; Columbia University
  • Maria Egupova – MA Student in Political Science; Central European University
  • Burcu Baykurt – MA Student in Political Communications; Goldsmiths, University of London
  • Silvia Lindtner – PhD Student in Information and Computer Science; University of California, Irvine
  • Galen Tan – MA Student in Law and Diplomacy; Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University