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Frequently Asked Questions


What is the Intelligence Studies Project?

The Intelligence Studies Project (ISP) was established in 2013 as a joint venture of the Strauss Center for International Security and Law and the Clements Center for National Security out of a conviction that the activities of the U.S. intelligence community were increasingly critical to safeguarding our national security and yet were understudied at American universities. The ISP is building at the University of Texas at Austin a premier center for the study of U.S. intelligence through a variety of programs, including new course offerings and research projects, as well as periodic conferences and other public events focused on intelligence topics.

Will students participating in the Texas Intelligence Academy (TIA) be responsible for travel, lodging, and any other expenses? 

The ISP will be responsible for all expenses in connection with the TIA. Although ISP will provide public transportation passes and some meals for official TIA activities, a travel stipend will be provided to students to cover other miscellaneous expenses. Any additional costs incurred for entertainment, souvenirs, or other purposes will be the responsibility of the student.

Why is TIA participation limited to U.S. citizens?

The TIA program will include activities hosted by U.S. government agencies that require U.S. citizenship to gain access to their facilities.

Will participants receive academic credit for completing the TIA?

No. The widely varied standards to receive credit toward graduation at UT-System institutions prevent us from granting credit to TIA participants. TIA students will be expected to complete all required readings and assigned tasks as well as to engage constructively with TIA faculty, staff, and guests. Students who complete the TIA should include the experience on their professional resumes.

What UT faculty and staff will supervise students participating in the TIA?

TIA students will be joined in Washington, D.C. by Stephen Slick, ISP Director and a clinical professor at UT-Austin's LBJ School of Public Affairs, and Diana Bolsinger, Lecturer and Graduate Director of the Intelligence and National Security Studies Master of Science program at UT-El Paso. Kim Nguyen, ISP's Senior Research Program Coordinator, will coordinate TIA activities with the full-time staff of UT's Archer Center in Washington, D.C.

Are graduate students eligible for the TIA program?

No. Only undergraduate students scheduled to graduate in Fall 2022 or later are eligible.

How will TIA participants be selected?

Completed TIA applications will be reviewed by the ISP team. Semifinalists will be invited to participate in in-person or phone interviews. The final list of students selected to participate in TIA 2022 will be approved by the ISP, Strauss Center, and Clements Center directors.

Successful applicants will present strong academic records, leadership qualities, and a demonstrated interest in national security, intelligence and/or public service. Appropriate consideration will also be given to applicants who have encountered and overcome obstacles in pursuing their academic goals.