Undergraduate Students

The  Duke Program in American Grand Strategy has a wide range of opportunities available for aspiring policy makers and leaders.

  • 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.”
    • The application for 2013 AGS Council has not yet been posted. Please check back and visit the AGS Council Page for additional information.
  • Upper level undergraduates are encouraged to speak with Dr. Peter Feaver and Dr. Hal Brands about taking the “American Grand Strategy” course which is offered each fall. Seats for this seminar are extremely limited.
  • Undergraduates who are not directly involved with the AGS program may contact Kathryn Alexander, the AGS Graduate Fellow, to increase their involvement in small-group meetings with outside guests. Commitment to pursuing a degree related to International Relations, Economics, Public Policy, History, Political Science, or other fields related to the study of Strategy is taken into account when determining invitation lists.
  • 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, DC, and trips to Fort Bragg, NC.
  • All public events are open to students and undergraduate attendance and participation in the Q&A sessions does not go unnoticed.
  • The AGS Summer Fellows Program provides summer stipends to undergraduate students pursuing traditional and non-traditional internship and research opportunities.
  • 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.

Graduate Students

Graduate students in fields related to Grand Strategy should contact Kathryn Alexander for involvement in small-group sessions with guests in the upcoming year. Additionally, AGS’ partner institution, the Triangle Institute for Security Studies, will be hosting several conferences in the Fall of 2013 which may be of interest to Graduate Students. Additional information can be found at www.tiss-nc.org.

  • 20-21 September 2013: Annual TISS New Faces Conference


Almost all AGS-sponsored lectures are free and open to the public. Additional information on each lecture can be found on the event page or by contacting Alexandra Pfadt (alexandra.pfadt@duke.edu).


Kathryn Alexander
AGS Program Fellow
(Membership & Program Information)

Alexandra Pfadt
Program Coordinator for the Duke Program in American Grand Strategy
Triangle Institute for Security Studies
(Event Management & Programmatic Administration)