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a little bit of money can go a long way

Students sometimes come to us asking for money to make up the difference between tuition and their savings.  Sometimes it’s as low as a few hundred dollars so wouldn’t it be nice to know you have a scholarship to fill the gap?

The American Foundation of Savoy Orders has called for applications for the 2014-2015 Savoy Orders Pigott Scholarships.  The scholarships are available for North American residents.  Three $2500 scholarships to full time undergraduate or graduate students majoring in the Humanities and Fine Arts or International Studies will be offered based on scholastic achievement and financial need.

For students applying for the International Studies Scholarship, please note that students will be expected to periodically attend Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) briefings at sessions relating to the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations with which the Savoy Foundation is registered as a NGO. Scholarship recipients will be required to write brief summaries of each meeting they attend. A Foundation representative will supervise and guide the student’s activities at the United Nations.  Enrollment in a college or university within reasonable proximity of the United Nations is required.

Please click here for the scholarship guidelines and the application.  Application along with required materials must be completed and received on or before May 15, 2014 in order to be considered.  Incomplete applications will not be considered.

The American Foundation of Savoy Orders, Incorporated will notify 2014-2015 Savoy Orders Pigott Scholarship recipients by July 30, 2014.

Please direct all questions regarding the application process or candidate eligibility to: or by calling 212.922.1100, ext. 245.


SIPA News – Non-State Actors

The latest issue of SIPA News is now available.  The magazine is published twice per year and features articles written by students and faculty at SIPA.   Incoming students will have the opportunity to contribute ideas and content for future issues.  Information on how to do so will be communicated in the coming months.

The topic for this issue is Non-State Actors.  The following is part of the introduction written by Dean Coatsworth:

“Non-state actors” are nongovernmental organizations that participate in the public arena but do so with goals, policies, structures, and leaders that are not directly determined by governments. They are almost always “political” in the broad sense that they seek to substitute for or supplement public policies they deem ineffective, challenge and reshape policies they wish to change, or make use of publicly defined spaces to promote a cause or secure a benefit. Non-state actors include local NGOs and international corporations, trade unions and trade associations, banks that are too big to fail, and opposition groups too small to survive. Non-state actors do not exist in a stateless vacuum. Their activities are often regulated, encouraged, or suppressed by the power of governments. Taken together, nonetheless, they constitute an emerging global civil society of immense complexity and influence.

Some of the articles in this issue include:

  • WikiLeaks and Westphalia
  • Awakening India’s Young Voters
  • Twitter Revolutions? Old and New Media in the Middle East and North Africa
  • New York Education Nonprofits Create Synergies for Success
  • Business and the State: A New University Challenges the Status Quo in Russia
  • Egypt’s Youth on the Frontline of the Revolution

The full magazine is available for viewing as a PDF by clicking here.  All previous issues of SIPA News can also be viewed on line by clicking here.

EPD Workshop Notes

Workshops are a very popular part of the SIPA experience and many of our students are currently knee deep in their projects.  Last week Lacey Ramirez submitted a workshop post and now here another submitted by Beatriz Guillen.


As you have read in previous posts, the workshop project is one of the most exciting things while you are at SIPA. The Economic and Political Development Workshop is a five month consulting project on development issues. We work with a broad variety of clients: from UN agencies, to developing countries’ governments, NGOs, etc.

In a nutshell, the workshop is structured as follows: you do much of the research and planning in New York and then travel twice to the country to do some field work.  Half of the group travels during the winter break, and half during the Spring break.

By last week, almost all the teams had returned from their destination countries after their first trip. Sierra Leone, Uganda, Sri Lanka, Kazakhstan, Chile and Jamaica were among the 15 different countries where students traveled. These days everyone is eager to tell their stories about adventures abroad. The EPD department organized a session with all the workshop participants, where we could share not only pictures and fun stories, but also challenges and lessons learned.

We were amazed at the great lengths that people who traveled went to in order to stay in contact with the part of the team that stayed in New York: from climbing to a tree to reach some cell reception, to driving around Addis Ababa to get an Internet connection to Skype with the rest of their team members.

Below, there are some pictures from the team that traveled to Jamaica and from one of the teams that traveled to Ethiopia.

The new market at Kingston

In a rural village in Ethiopia

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—Merit E. Janow, Dean, SIPA, Professor of Practice, International and Economic Law and International Affairs

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