Herb and Mayme Frank Scholarship

Encouraging a New Generation of Federalists


The study of international integration and federalism is essential for practitioners and scholars of international relations. Despite the proliferation of international organizations such as NATO, the OECD, the WTO, the IMF, the World Bank, and the European Union, democracies are under internal and external strain. Scholarships and grants are awarded to US and foreign students for post-graduate work focusing on the implications of federalism’s application to inter-democracy relations.

The Streit Council fosters interdisciplinary research in the areas of federalism and international integration with particular emphasis on:

  • the growth of integrative international institutions in the extended Euro-Atlantic area, focusing on NATO, the European Union, the OECD, and G7 as well as their history and politics;

  • future prospects for the evolving network of transatlantic institutions and their relations to the rest of the international order

  • the relation between federalism and democracy

  • application of federalist paradigms to reform international organization and world order

  • theories of regional and inter-democracy relations that explain how integrated and democratic “core” areas can attract new members

  • the expansion of the EU and NATO since 1989. Their relation to the idea of an open nucleus of world order built around an initial core of long-standing democracies that expands to include newer democracies;

  • the role of Euro-Atlantic integration in promoting democratization in its neighborhood, and ways in which the core group of democracies can work with the international community to foster wider processes of democratization and integration; and 

  • the influence of integration in the extended Atlantic area on the stability of the international system.

The Streit Council also promotes policy options that explore how to implement:

  • closer, better-organized cooperation among experienced democracies as the key to more effective US engagement in world affairs;

  • deeper integration and ever-wider membership for Euro-Atlantic institutions;

  • steps toward flexible voting processes in inter-democracy institutions (NATO, OECD, etc.), as a path beyond veto-ridden procedures; and

  • freedom, security, and peace through a union of democracies, in parallel with cooperation with all external states and institutions whenever feasible.

The Frank Scholarship Fund sponsors studies in the areas described above. Scholarships under Streit Council auspices are provided on an ongoing basis to graduate students. To be eligible, applicants must be enrolled in graduate programs in the fields of international relations, political science or history. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

To apply, applicants must submit:

1. A concise but complete description of the project and how it would meet the requirements of the Frank Educational Fund;

2. A brief (no more than five page) writing sample;

3. A copy of graduate transcripts, if currently enrolled in a graduate program, or a copy of the undergraduate transcript if enrolled in a graduate program that has yet to start.

Inquiries and complete applications should be sent by email to applications@streitcouncil.org with the subject line "Frank Fund Scholarship."

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