UNC-IDB Strategic Studies Fellows Program





Developing a Fellowship of Strategic Leaders
Equipped to Address the Complex Issues of Tomorrow

The UNC-IDB Strategic Studies Fellows Program (SSFP) is a truly broadening leadership experience dedicated to enhancing critical and strategic thinking skills. It is designed to increase the knowledge base for U.S. Military Officers, Non-Commissioned Officers (NCOs), federal government personnel, and private sector employees.  The Fellows in this program will be challenged to step out of the comfort zone to think strategically and critically through a non-defense lens.  As students, these Fellows will participate in engaging discussions with top scholars and academics as well as practicing defense professionals on the topics that test our national security framework and how the world of tomorrow is being shaped by decisions made in our past and present state of affairs.

The UNC-IDB SSFP is administered by the Institute for Defense and Business (IDB) in collaboration with the Univeristy of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Peace, War and Defense Curriculum, the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security (TCTHS), and the Triangle Institute for Security Studies (TISS)

Upon graduation, the students will receive a joint certificate from the IDB and UNC with graduate-level academic credit hours associated with it, and membership into the growing network of UNC-IDB Strategic Studies Fellows.

2017 SSFP Course Dates

Application Deadline for U.S. Army Participants: TBD

Application Deadline for non-US Army Participants: April 15

Program Dates: June 22 - July 21, 2017


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 "[Attending this course] says to your boss, and to your team, that you are curious enough as a leader to seek a better understanding of the world around you. To win in an environment characterized by complexity, curiosity is a requirement."

Read the full article published in the MI Professional Bulletin, written by two students who attended the 2015 UNC-IDB SSFP.



SSFP-Fisher-2012.12.11.jpg“The ‘takeaways’ we each have now are not the end state for this course –those takeaways are seeds planted that will cultivate as we go forward in our careers.  This course will continue to resonate with each of us throughout the rest of our time in the Army.” –U.S. Army Captain Candace Fisher, UNC-IDB SSFP Class of 2012

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