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CISR is now accepting applications for the 2013-2014 FKD Memorial Fellowship!
Every year CISR offers a fellowship to a JMU senior or recent graduate. The Frasure-Kruzel-Drew Memorial Fellowship for Humanitarian Demining is a paid position with the U.S. Department of State, Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement (PM/WRA). The fellowship was established in 1999 to raise awareness among the American people about landmine contamination around the world and U.S. government efforts to address the problem. The fellowship is one year in duration with next year's running from September 2013-August 2014.
To read more about the fellowship see the following article from The Journal of ERW and Mine Action, Issue 14.2, Summer 2010.
The fellowship is named in honor of Ambassador Robert C. Frasure, Dr. Joseph J. Kruzel and Colonel Samuel Nelson Drew who lost their lives in an August 1995 automobile accident in Bosnia and Herzegovina while on a mission to help end the conflict there. Their efforts were among the first to help bring peace to the region. It is hoped this fellowship created in their honor perpetuates their legacy. For more information about these honorable men, read their biographies on the Arlington National Cemetery website:
Robert C. Frasure: http://www.arlingtoncemetery.net/rfrasure.htm
Joseph J. Kruzel: http://www.arlingtoncemetery.net/jkrunzel.htm
Samuel Nelson Drew: http://www.arlingtoncemetery.net/sndrew.htm
The Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement in the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Political-Military Affairs (PM/WRA) was established in 1998 and supports the mission of the U.S. Conventional Weapons Destruction Program. The Program has assisted more than 50 countries since its inception and works closely with other U.S. government agencies such as the Department of Defense, U.S. Agency for International Development, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. PM/WRA also handles U.S. policy on landmines, unexploded ordnance (UXO), abandoned ordnance (AO), small arms/light weapons, and MANPADS (Man-portable Air Defense Systems).
Duties of the Fellow might include assisting program managers develop conventional weapons destruction programs for one or more countries; writing press releases and assisting with various publications; conducting issue research; preparing speeches, PowerPoint presentations and talking points; working with staff on current projects; organizing WRA-hosted conferences; processing grant documents; and traveling on policy assessment visits. Recently, the fellow has also assisted in organizing and managing budgets, and speaking on behalf of PM/WRA.
Aside from being one of the few fellowship opportunities at the State Department that is paid, it is the only one of its kind that allows the Fellow the possibility to travel. Past Fellows have traveled to places such as Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Cambodia, Djibouti, Guinea-Bissau, Laos PDR, Mozambique, Peru, Senegal, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Switzerland, Thailand and Vietnam.
Note: The selected student must qualify for a SECRET security clearance. Clearance guidelines are strict, and past drug use, including marijuana, can be grounds for rejection or significant delay. Actual start date of the fellowship depends on when security clearance is received.
Submit your resume, along with the completed application form (download available above), an unofficial transcript, and two letters of recommendation, to the CISR Fellowship Coordinator at the address below.
PLEASE NOTE THE DIFFERENT MAILING & PHYSICAL ADDRESSES:
Application being mailed via US POSTAL SERVICE should be addressed to: CISR Fellowship Coordinator, MSC 4902, 800 South Main St., Harrisonburg, VA, 22807
Applications being delivered via FED EX, UPS or hand delivery should be addressed to:CISR Fellowship Coordinator, 1401 Technology Drive, Suite 120, Room 1153, Harrisonburg, VA, 22802).
(for U.S. Postal Service delivery)
|CISR Fellowship Coordinator
800 S. Main Street, MSC 4902
Harrisonburg, Virginia, 22807
(for hand delivery or UPS/Fed Ex)
|CISR Fellowship Coordinator
1401 Technology Drive, Ste 120, Rm 1153
Harrisonburg, VA 22802 USA