Government grant for someone wanting to study international relations?

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  1. tennisguyak

    tennisguyak Semi-Pro

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    Hi everyone. I'm a senior this year and I've already been accepted to a few universities. Right now my biggest concern is no longer getting into college, but rather paying for it.

    I've gone through all of the scholarship stuff and will be applying for about thirty different scholarships ranging anywhere from $250 to $20000. But for some reason I have a hunch that there is government money out there (I'm assuming in the form of grants) that I'm overlooking.

    What I would like to study is International Relations and very possibly do a double major with computer science. If I end up attending my top choice university, UNC Chapel Hill, then I would like to major in "Peace, War, and Defense", a form of international relations largely concentrated on the history of war and conflict as well as national security.

    Now for some reason, I may be wrong, I feel like there must be some government money out there for someone wanting to study Peace, War, and Defense / IR and Computer Science. I mean, these are two of the types of jobs that the government needs a lot of people for - national security and IT.

    There are a lot of smart people on here, many of whom have already finished college and experienced everything there is to experience in college, so I want to ask: does anyone know of any grants, or possibly even a good website for searching official government grants, that I could make use of with my specific majors?

    Thank you in advance for any help!
     
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  2. NLBwell

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    Tennisguyak,
    One way would be to attend a service academy. All would certainly have courses in the areas you want. Some of the best instructors in the world teach things like computer science and military history at them. Of course you have to be dedicated and motivated, but your education is free.
     
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  3. Bartelby

    Bartelby G.O.A.T.

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    Yes, there seems to be more than a slight preference for ex-military in those fields, although in more analytical positions, which are fewer, there are a wider range of people.
     
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  4. Bartelby

    Bartelby G.O.A.T.

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    International studies is not the same as security, as well, and your field seems to be better done in military academies.
     
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    Use regular scholarships for your undergrad. When you go to grad school, maybe your phD mentor will add you to his or her grant and you can get started from there.
     
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  6. tennisguyak

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    Ok, I understand what you're saying with the preference for military personnel in this field. But even if I don't do anything with national security like the Peace, War, and Defense major, I would still like to major in IR and computer science.

    Are there any good websites that list government grants for undergrad students that some of you may know of? Each time I search for something like this I just end up at a bogus site where I make an account only to receive constant spam mail and gain no ground in this whole process.

    Thank you for the help!
     
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