Welcome Alumni Scholar Applicants!
We've created this page will to help you as you begin the application process for the Alumni Scholar program at the George C. Marshall Center.
Here you'll find details about the application packet, information on how to find and focus a topic, and writing a research proposal. Finally, we've included the GCMC research & security priorities as guidance for your topic search.
Finally, use our Student's Toolkit to get help with starting a project and finding grammar and reference information!
You must submit all the following items in your application package:
The document below provides detailed information about the each item that is part of your application package.
Your proposal will be evaluated based on a variety of factors, with emphasis on how the topic relates to GCMC’s security priorities. Below are some useful questions to consider when preparing your application.
These steps will help you write your research proposal.
Getting started – here you’ll find information about:
NOTE: Remember your proposal will specify how you will conduct research; you will not present an answer in your proposal.
Is your research question one that is of interest to the researcher and potentially to others? Is it a new issue or problem that needs to be solved or will it attempt to shed light on a previously researched topic?
Is your question researchable? Consider the available time frame and the required resources. Is the methodology to conduct the research feasible?
Can your question be measured? Will your research process produce data that can be supported or contradicted?
Include your background, current and former work assignments, education, and any other information that supports your case.
How does your proposal fit into the Marshall Center’s research & security priorities? If your proposal meets more than one of the GCMC's priorities, please highlight this in your proposal.
Use the correct structure for a research proposal. (See the links below for some examples.)
Include a clear definition of your terms (i.e., if you want to use the term West Africa, define which countries you are including).
Analyze the problem (don't just describe it).
GCMC Security Priorities
|Areas of Interest||
European's Eastern Flank, including Central Asia
|Topics of Interest||Counterterrorism
Counter Transnational Organized Crime
Good Governance Practices (Building integrity and anti-corruption)
Gender and Security (encouraging women's role in the security sector)