The Kissinger Summer Academy, Johns Hopkins SAIS


The Henry Kissinger Center for Global Affairs at Johns Hopkins University is pleased to offer exceptional undergraduates and recent graduates a week-long seminar that investigates the role of nuclear weapons in American grand strategy. The seminar revisits debates over nuclear strategy during the Cold War, considers how U.S. policymakers have addressed challenges such as non-proliferation and rogue states, and explores the role that nuclear weapons will have in shaping American competitions with Russia and China today. It provides Kissinger Summer Fellows with an understanding of how technology and strategy have shaped the nuclear age and examines the choices that American leaders must make with respect to nuclear weapons in a new era of geopolitical rivalry and profound technological innovation. The course will provide an emerging generation of thought-leaders and policymakers with the tools to understand our nuclear past and shape our nuclear future.

The course will feature a variety of opportunities and activities:

  • Lectures and discussions led by world experts on nuclear strategy and statecraft
  • Meetings with U.S. policymakers
  • An introduction to nuclear technology by leading scientists
  • Simulations and (public health permitting) visits to important sites

What to Know Before Applying:

  • open to current undergraduates or recent undergraduates who received their degree no earlier than January 2021
  • The Academy will take place from July 10-14, 2023 in Johns Hopkins SAIS, Washington, DC (free of charge)


To Apply, please submit the following materials to by February 14th, 2023, at 11:59 PM ET, with the subject line, “KISSINGER SUMMER ACADEMY APPLICATION.”

  • Resume
  • 1-page, single spaced Statement of Interest. The statement should address why you want to take this course and why you should be selected
  • Unofficial Transcripts

Interested? Read more here.


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