When filling out your admission application to SIPA you will notice a section labeled “International Fellows Program” (IFP). Applying to become an International Fellow at SIPA is optional. This means that it is not a requirement that you submit an essay as part of your admission application. Not submitting an IFP essay will have no impact on the decision of the Admissions Committee in any way.
However, the IFP program is an outstanding opportunity to shape your future in a unique way and I believe it is worth the time to submit an essay as part of your admission application. Below is a short video that provides insight into this truly exceptional opportunity.