About AGS

Why Study AGS at Duke?

American Grand Strategy Slideshow--6At Duke we have distinctive strengths in political science and public policy, including a diversity of experience across the partisan divide, as well as a rich tradition of close collaboration with military and diplomatic history.  AGS is a signature program for Duke students interested in national security policymaking.

  • Summer Fellowships awarded to help fund summer internships or research opportunities related the American Grand Strategy
  • Exclusive opportunities to meet with prominent speakers in small group settings
  • Engage in field trips, simulations, battlefield staff rides, and other experiential learning opportunities
  • Become a part of our network of policy, national security, and political science alumni and experts

Core Pillars

  1. Curricular

    The hallmark of AGS is a coveted advanced seminar co-taught by a political scientist and a historian only in the Fall semester.

    >Upper level undergraduates and interested graduate students should contact Peter Feaver about enrolling in the course. Seats are extremely limited.

  1. Speakers Program

    AGS brings distinguished scholars and practitioners to Duke to interact with undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty. The Ambassador Dave and Kay Phillips Family International Lectureship is the pinnacle of this program and features the most distinguished speakers in one or two signature high-profile events at Duke each year.

    >Check back for our calendar of upcoming events for the 2015-2016 year. Previous events, recordings, and photos are listed under the section Our Events.

  1. Co-curricular Active Learning

    AGS engages students outside of the classroom, providing distinctive and meaningful learning experiences to students in the form of crisis simulations, staff rides and other field opportunities.

    Undergraduates who have demonstrated strong commitment to the AGS program will be offered additional experiential education opportunities. In years past this has included Staff Rides, career exploration trips to Washington, D.C., and trips to military bases such as Fort Bragg and the Norfolk Naval Base.

>For more information on these activities check out 

  1. Research

    AGS advances scholarship and public engagement in the areas of American foreign policy and civil-military relations.

    > All students should visit Our Opportunities section during the academic year for details about upcoming conferences, calls for papers, and other research opportunities.

    > Graduate students in fields related to Grand Strategy should contact Kathryn Alexander for involvement in small-group sessions with guests in the upcoming year.

    > Each year AGS’s partner institution, TISS, invites doctoral candidates nearing completion of their degrees to apply to speak at our annual New Faces conference.  Applications are solicited from across the nation and beyond; 7-10 are selected to present at the conference in the fall. Contact Carolyn Pumphrey for more information.


Other Student Opportunities


AGS Student Council

The AGS Council is comprised of select undergraduates who apply for vacant Council seats at the beginning of each academic year. Additional information will be provided at the annual “Welcome and Ice Cream Social” at the beginning of the Fall term.

>For current member biographies, and previous council member contacts, go to Council Members.

AGS Summer Fellowship Program

The AGS Summer Fellows Program provides summer stipends to undergraduate students pursuing traditional and non-traditional internship and research opportunities. The program is designed to encourage undergraduate students who have demonstrated leadership and academic achievement to pursue a creative summer work plan related to the mission of the Duke Program in American Grand Strategy.  Fellows are funded with a stipend to support internships and distinctive research experiences.

>Applications are typically released in January or February.

Internships, Research Opportunities, and Job Postings

A list of non-AGS internship opportunities will be listed here, as Program Administrators receive them. Any organization interested in advertising their internship program through AGS should contact Alexandra Pfadt.

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