Women In International Security (WIIS) 2021 Next Generation GPS Symposium

Women In International Security (WIIS) is pleased to open applications for the 2021 Next Generation Gender, Peace and Security (GPS) Symposium. 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, we seek to:

  1. advance knowledge about the gender dimensions of international security challenges; and
  2. 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.

This will be the third Next Generation GPS Symposium. The first two were held in 2017 and 2019 (for more information, see the WIIS website). 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 our 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.

In the year following the Symposium, Symposium participants are required to produce at least one blog post. Participants are also invited to submit (individual and/or joint) research and writing projects suitable for policy briefs and brief monographs. WIIS staff will work closely with participants to prepare manuscripts for publication. Publications will be widely distributed through the broad international WIIS network and partner networks.

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Deadline for application: 2 April 2021