[eDebate] RAND Graduate School Fellowship for Debaters

Timothy O'Donnell todonnel
Mon Nov 12 21:18:34 CST 2007


Once again, the Pardee RAND Graduate School is offering a fellowship for
a former debater.  The relevant details are below.  Applications are due
to me by December 9th.  

If have any questions, please let me know (I am here to help!)




The PRGS Debate Fellowship

The Pardee RAND Graduate School (PRGS) has reserved a fellowship for an
outstanding candidate to be nominated each year by the PRGS Debate
Fellowship Committee. The fellowship will be awarded to a past
participant in the National Debate Tournament, who also shows
outstanding prospects for success as a thinker or scholar in an area of
public policy, preferably national security or international affairs.

The PRGS PhD Program

The Pardee RAND Graduate School (PRGS) was founded to train successive
generations of policy analysts to master the analytical tools required
help decisionmakers in both the public and private sectors find
solutions to some of the world?s most difficult, sensitive, and
important problems. PRGS is a component of the RAND Corporation, the
world?s original and best-known ?think tank.?  Over more than 50 years,
RAND researchers have invented and refined many of the analytical tools
that set the worldwide standard for policy analysis.

Academic and practical experiences are interconnected at PRGS.
Coursework in such fields as economics, statistics, political science
and the social sciences is complemented by part-time work as on RAND
research projects.

Working on RAND research teams serves two important purposes. First, it
helps fellows to enter a community of practice where they may obtain
professional skills and tacit knowledge that the academic program alone
cannot convey.  Second, it pays for school: the PRGS/National Debate
Tournament Committee Fellowship is earned by work on RAND research

PRGS fellows work on policy related projects throughout their course of
study.  PRGS fellows have the opportunity to join teams of RAND
researchers, initially as apprentices and later, as their skills
develop, in roles of increasing responsibility and independence. At any
time at RAND, more than 1,000 research projects are underway. With the
exception of those projects that require security clearances or have
similar special requirements, nearly all of RAND projects may
potentially be open to PRGS fellows, depending on the specific needs of
the project. 

Most fellows work on a variety of projects during their time at RAND,
giving them exposure to a range of policy areas, research methods,
colleagues, and clients. By the time they graduate, most fellows have
accumulated the equivalent of at least two years of job experience in
policy analysis and policy consulting--in addition, of course, to their
Ph.D. degrees. Often, project work also provides an important part of
the foundation for the dissertation required of all graduating fellows.

The Fellowship includes:

?	Cost of tuition while you are enrolled.
?	Annual base stipend.
?	Fully-equipped office-style cubicle space within RAND
?	The use of a laptop computer for the duration of a fellow?s
?	The exact Fellowship amount will be determined after tuition has
been set for the 2008-09 year. For purposes of comparison, the value of
the Fellowship in the 2007-8 academic year was $44,750 ($21,000 tuition
plus $23,750 stipend).  The entire amount of the Fellowship is subject
to United States federal and state income tax. The Fellowship extends as
long as a student is in good academic standing making progress toward
degree completion, and subject to the terms outlined below in ?Earning
the Fellowship.
?	Tuition may be subject to increases in subsequent years, but
Fellowships have historically been increased concurrently to maintain
the stipend level.

Earning the Fellowship

To earn the full Fellowship, the recipient will be expected to perform a
minimum number of days working on RAND projects each year (including the
summers).  During the first year, Fellows are engaged in the core
courses, and are required to work a minimum of 60 days (or the
equivalent of 12 weeks). In years 2 and thereafter, fellows are required
to work a minimum of 155 days (or 31 weeks) per year.


To be eligible for nomination, a candidate must:

?	Have participated in the National Debate Tournament during the
ten years prior to the date of application; and 
?	Meet the selection criteria for admissions established by PRGS
(which are outlined below).

The ideal candidate will also show outstanding promise as a thinker and
scholar in the areas of national security or international affairs
(although candidates from other fields will also be considered), and
have a record of success as a collegiate debater.


By December 9, 2007, candidates must submit the following (via scanned
email attachment) to Tim O?Donnell, PRGS Debate Fellowship Committee
Chair, at timothyodonnell at gmail.com:

?	A letter of application, indicating interests and
accomplishments relevant to policy analysis, and summarizing the
candidate's collegiate debate record;
?	A letter of nomination from one collegiate debate coach; and
?	Transcripts from undergraduate institutions attended.

Upon completion of the selection process, the debate selection committee
 will submit the name of its nominee(s), along with supporting materials
to the PRGS.  A nominee must also complete and submit an application for
admission directly to PRGS, according to the process outlined on the
PRGS website (www.prgs.edu/Admission.html). All nominating documentation
and application materials must be received by PRGS no later January 10,
2008. However, the PRGS admissions committee will review candidates upon
receipt of nominating materials, as long as the application is complete.

Candidates who are not selected by the NDTC are still eligible to apply
for admission to PRGS.

PRGS Admission Criteria

PRGS selects up to 25 doctoral fellows each year on the basis of
intellectual power, creativity and a practical bent.

All applicants must have completed at least a bachelor?s degree from an
accredited institution, and possess superior quantitative, logical
reasoning and English language communication skills. An advanced degree
is not required. No preference is given to any particular undergraduate
major or course of study, but all students must have a working knowledge
of univariate calculus by the time of enrollment. Coursework in
statistics, economics and more advanced calculus is helpful, but not
absolutely required.

Beyond their academic capabilities, PRGS fellows share several key
attributes. They combine passion and discipline: a palpable passion to
help change the world for the better, and the demonstrated discipline to
master the intellectual tools that will help them do so. The ideal PRGS
fellow is organized, self-motivated and socially adept.

PRGS also seeks diversity in the broadest sense of the term. An
important part of the graduate experience is the learning that takes
place as students interact with each other, especially about different
life experiences and training, cultures, and ways of thinking.

PRGS limits admission to students who can participate full-time in its
combined research-and-study program. Because the courses are taught in
sequence, students must begin their study in the fall quarter.

For More Information, contact: Alex Duke, Assistant Dean at
alex_duke at prgs.edu or consult the PRGS website at www.prgs.edu 

Timothy M. O'Donnell
Director of Debate and Associate Professor of Speech
University of Mary Washington
316 Combs Hall
1301 College Ave.
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
todonnel at umw.edu
(540) 654-1252 (office)
(540) 654-1569 (fax)

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