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Countering Violent Extremism Fellowship (CVEF) 2015-2017


Countering Violent Extremism Fellowship (CVEF) 2015-2017

Overview

START's Countering Violent Extremism Fellowship (CVEF), is a comprehensive, two-and-a-half -year program designed for four undergraduate students at the University of Maryland. Students will enter the program in the middle of their sophomore years, and the program will last through the end of their senior years.  The program experiences are aimed at transitioning students from their undergraduate experiences to professional positions in the homeland security science and technology arena (HS-STEM), with particular emphasis on transitioning into positions related to countering violent extremism (CVE) programming and policy-making.

Summary of Program Components

Students will participate in the following program components:

  • A one-semester START internship focused on radicalization research at START headquarters;
  • A two-semester internship focused on faculty-led development of global CVE education and training programs;
  • Five semesters of course work specific to career development for CVE focused career paths (please note: this course work is listed below as CVEF: Career Development Parts 1-5 and provides credit for attendance at and reflection on career development and personal enrichment events throughout the CVEF program.);
  • Nine credits of START summer and winter elective courses focused in terrorism studies and CVE;
  • One summer internship in Chicago with START faculty affiliates focusing on preventing youth radicalization in diaspora communities;
  • One summer internship with the Hedayah Center of Excellence for Countering Violent Extremism in Dubai (please note: this is a tentative program component and may be replaced by a related internship experience);
  • Attendance and poster presentations at two START Annual Meetings; and
  • Attendance at two Department of Homeland Security’s Career Development Conferences (please note: this requirement is tentative and will be required should the summits be hosted, however, there is a chance these summits will be replaced with virtual networking sessions).

Participant Benefits and Requirements

The four students selected to participate in this program will receive financial support, allowing students to focus their time and energies on their homeland-security studies and professional development, rather than having to take on part-time employment to ensure that they have sufficient funding for school-related costs. Each student selected for the program will receive:

  • Tuition and mandatory fees for two-and-a-half academic years beginning spring 2015 (five semesters, two summers, one winter);
  • Monthly stipend of $350 during the academic years of their fellowship;
  • Salary for two, 10-week summer research internships and summer housing and travel stipends totaling $18,000 ($7000 for summer 2015, $11,000 for summer 2016);
  • Support to attend the annual DHS Career Development Conference; and
  • Support to attend the START Annual Meeting.

In return for the generous support the CVEF students will receive, they will be required to maintain full-time student status throughout the duration of their participation in the program, participate in START programming designed to best prepare them for successful transitions to positions in the HS-STEM arena following graduation from UMD, and graduate with a Bachelors’ degree from the University of Maryland within one academic year of completing the CVEF program. Should a student not satisfactorily meet all requirements, the student may be required to pay back all funds associated with the CVEF program. 

Spring Semester 2015

  • Students will attend the CVEF Program Orientation;
  • Students will intern part-time (10-hour/week) on START research related to radicalization and countering violent extremism;
  • Students will complete a one-credit course: "CVEF Career Development Part 1” which will require participation in START Career Profile Sessions, Research Round Tables, and other START professional development activities; and,
  • Students will attend and participate in the DHS Career Development Conference.

Summer 2015

  • Students will complete a three-credit online UMD summer course in START’s Program in Terrorism Studies; and,
  • Students will intern full-time for 10 weeks under Dr. Steven Weine-START Faculty Member-at the University of Illinois in Chicago on research on preventing youth radicalization in diaspora communities.

Academic Year 2015-2016

  • Students will complete a three-credit UMD course, BSST338V: Innovations in Countering Violent Extremism;
  • Students will complete a one-credit course each semester: "CVEF Career Development Parts 2 & 3" which will require participation in START Career Profile Sessions, Research Round Tables, and other START professional development activities;
  • Students will complete a part-time, two-semester internship working to develop a START project to develop a global CVE education and training program;
  • Student will attend and prestent a poster at the 2015 START Annual Meeting; and,
  • Students will attend and participate in the DHS Career Development Conference.

Summer 2016

  • Students will complete a three-credit online UMD summer course in START’s Program in Terrorism Studies; and,
  • Students will intern full time for 10 weeks at the Hedayah Center of Excellence for Countering Violent Extremism in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (or equivalent).

Academic Year 2016-2017

  • Students will complete a one one-credit course each semester: "CVEF Career Development Parts 4 & 5” which rquires participation in START Career Profile Sessions, Research Round Tables, and other START professional development activities;
  • Students will complete of a part-time, two-semester internship continuing their work to develop a global CVE training program;
  • Students will attend and present a poster at the 2016 START Annual Meeting;
  • Students will complete a three-credit, online, UMD winter course in START's program in Terrorism Studies; and,
  • Students will attend and participate in the DHS Career Development Conference.

Post-Graduation

  • Students will complete a one-year "service commitment" working in a field related to homeland security after successful graduation from UMD.

CVEF Application

The application cycle for 2015-2017 fellows is closed.

Eligibility and Application Process

To be eligible to apply for the program, students must:

  • Be enrolled in their sophomore year (second year of coursework) during the 2014-2015 academic year;
  • Have intentions to be enrolled at UMD full-time until graduation in spring 2017, fall 2017, or spring 2018.
  • Have and maintained a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher; .
  • Be willing and able to complete all of the CVEF requirements presented above (applicants should especially consider if they will be able to travel for the two required summer internship experiences, one at a research center other than START in the United States and the second internationally);
  • Be willing to commit to one year of professional employment at a homeland security position venue following graduation; and
  • Have U.S. citizenship.

Students who meet these eligibility criteria are invited to submit an online application to be considered for the CVEF program – applications must include the following (incomplete applications will not be considered):

  • One copy of the online web-form and essays – follow the link below for the application page;
  • One copy of your unofficial transcript;
  • One copy of your resume, which should present your experiences relevant to homeland security;
  • A statement of financial aid received by the student for the past academic year (optional but recommended). (This financial aid information will not play a role in admission to the CVEF program which is need-blind. This is intended to help the education office better administer the scholarship from the beginning and to work with financial aid for the student.); and,
  • Two letters of recommendation, one of which must be from a faculty member from the University of Maryland. Letters should be sent directly from faculty members via email to education@start.umd.edu or via mail to START Center, ATTN: Marcella Morris, 8400 Baltimore Avenue Suite 250, College Park, MD 20740, U.S.A..