Advance Defense Policy course (ADP) Oct 15 - Nov 4, 2009
Please read the course description and this candidate profile prior to completing your application.
All candidates, including government and non-government civilians, military, Defense Force and Police candidates must use the same application form. There is no separate application form for military applicants for this course.
Non-CHDS graduates: Non-CHDS graduates may apply for this course. However, CHDS graduates will receive priority over non-CHDS graduates.
Applicants must have a minimum of a four-year university or college degree or equivalent work experience in lieu of a four-year degree. Non-CHDS graduates and persons without a four-year degree will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
Military candidates: All Military and Defense Force personnel who wish to apply, including CHDS graduates and non-CHDS graduates, must submit their application documents through the US Military Liaison Office or US Office of Defense Cooperation in your country.
This course will be conducted in Spanish. However, the pre-course reading assignments and texts during the course are primarily in English. Claims of reading proficiency in English, if this is other than your native language, will be verified. A phone interview and/or language test may also be required. There is no requirement to speak English for this course, but English reading skills must be very advanced.
Guidance for the required personal statement, letters of recommendation, work statement, and curriculum vitae and/or resume appear below.
Individuals selected to attend from the Western Hemisphere are provided a fully-funded Fellowship (CHDS covers all course-related expenses i.e., roundtrip air travel, hotel accommodations, per diem and tuition). All candidates from Canada and the United States must coordinate to pay all their own expenses. There are no exceptions to this rule. Candidates from countries outside the Western Hemisphere should contact the registrar’s office prior to completing the application to verify fellowship eligibility. Please direct all inquiries to the registrar at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A. Application Form (located on the website)
B. Personal statement (Mandatory):
Attach a personal statement of approximately 500 words (i.e., two typed pages double-spaced) that 1) describes how you benefited from the first course you attended (if applicable), 2) describes the specific background you will bring to this course to include any relevant experience with defense policy formulation, implementation or evaluation, defense policy analyses and related research, etc, 3) explains how you will use the experience from this new course for your personal benefit and the benefit of your organization and country.
C. Letters of Recommendations (Mandatory):
The importance of the letters of recommendation cannot be overstated. Ensure that they are substantive and address the points stressed below.
Provide a minimum of two letters of recommendation. Letters of recommendation must appear on letterhead paper and the signature must be visible (important for applications submitted via e-mail). One must be from your supervisor or the head of the organization for which you work. This relationship should be identified in the letter. Heads of organizations for whom no supervisor exists should seek letters from individuals from the defense or security sectors.
The individuals writing the recommendations must describe what they believe you will contribute to the course and the specific anticipated benefits to you and your organization resulting from your participation in this course.
D. Curriculum Vitae and/or Resume (Mandatory)
Submit a current Curriculum Vitae and/or Resume with your application. Please include your education history with your curriculum vitae.
E. Work Statement (Mandatory)
Submit a work statement verifying your current employment status. A letter of recommendation from your supervisor may also be used to verify your current employment status. Self-employed individuals may provide a statement explaining their situation.
F. Other Documents
Any other documents which may strengthen your application may be submitted up to a maximum of 10 pages. Do not submit book, magazines, CD’s or other electronic media.
Application forms and required documents may be e-mailed to email@example.com or faxed to the CHDS Registrar at 1-202-478-2153, or mailed to the address below:
William J. Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies
National Defense University
Abraham Lincoln Hall
260 5th Ave. Bldg 64
Washington, DC 20319-5066
Please note that it is not necessary to send original documents if you have successfully faxed or emailed your application. Mailing an original application is highly discouraged due to the lengthy delays encountered in the US postal system in the Washington, DC area.
All applications received in the Registrar’s office will be acknowledged via e-mail. If receipt of your application has not been confirmed within 5 working days, please contact the Registrar’s Office.