The WIIS Next Generation Symposium (NGS) is a highly competitive and prestigious program. It is part of a larger WIIS initiative to bridge existing divides between the traditional security community and the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) community.
Through this initiative, they seek to:
- Advance knowledge about the gender dimensions of international security challenges; and
- Support a community of national and international security experts that is both diverse and knowledgeable about the gender dynamics of national and international security challenges.
The 2021 symposium will convene an international cohort of 15 graduate students and young professionals for an unique virtual program examining national and international security challenges from a GPS perspective. The 2021 Symposium will devote particular attention to the nexus of gender and security in three areas: the environmental field, including climate change; terrorism and violent extremism; and emerging technologies, including cybersecurity.
- The symposium is scheduled to take place virtually and will consist of: Research and writing presentations with detailed and focused feedback from senior experts and policymakers;
- Skills-building workshops, including media-training workshop;
- Participation in a mentor network and networking opportunities;
- Participation in a Next Generation Alumni meeting, including a substantive workshop and public event;
- Publication Outlets.
For this year’s 2021 Symposium, 9-11 virtual meetings will be scheduled between June 2021 and March 2022.
Selected participants will become WIIS Next Generation Fellows and will be recognized as such on the website. In addition, WIIS Next Generation Fellows will receive complimentary memberships to WIIS, which entitles them to WIIS member benefits such as: access to publications, mentorship opportunities, and invitations to exclusive events and other networking opportunities, NGS 2021 Fellows will also join an exclusive mentorship and networking platform that connects them with former NGS Fellows.
- Young professionals with an M.A. or higher academic degree; or graduate students currently enrolled in a Masters or Ph.D. program in international affairs, security studies, gender studies, anthropology, or a related discipline. (Recent graduates, as well as individuals who will be enrolled in a graduate program within the next academic year, will also be considered.)
- Be between the ages of 25 and 40
- Fluent in both spoken and written English
- Available to participate (remotely) in all scheduled days of the symposium
- All Genders are encouraged to apply.
For more information, visit https://www.wiisglobal.org/programs/2021-next-generation-gps-symposium/