Frequently Asked Questions


What are the Intelligence Studies Project and the Texas National Security Network?

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 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. 

The Texas National Security Network (TxNSN) unites the expertise and resources of the fourteen institutions that comprise The University of Texas System, with the goal of creating the premier university system in the country for national security work. Toward this end, TxNSN integrated and magnifies the efforts of scholars and centers from universities and medical branches across the state, while also directly administering an array of innovative programs. 

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

The ISP and TxNSN will be responsible for all expenses in connection with the TIA.  Meals will often be provided as part of official TIA activities, while students may purchase other meals independently. A per diem allowance will be provided to students to satisfy these expenses. Any additional costs incurred for entertainment, souvenirs, transportation, 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 plan on including the activity 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 Dr. Stephen Coulthart, an assistant professor at UT-El Paso's National Security Studies Institute. Kim Nguyen, ISP's Research Program Coordinator, will coordinate all TIA activities together with the full-time staff of UT's Archer Center. 

Are graduate students eligible for the TIA program?

No. Only undergraduate students with sophomore or junior class standing may apply. 

How will finalists and TIA participants be selected?

Completed TIA applications will be reviewed by the ISP staff, Professor Slick, and Professor Coulthart. Finalists will be invited to participate in telephone interviews. The final list of students selected to join TIA 2020 will be approved by the ISP, Strauss Center and Clements Center directors. 

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