Needs and Priorities

The Sam Nunn School of International Affairs strives to achieve its strategic ambitions with the cooperation, support, and encouragement of Georgia Tech and its alumni and friends. The Nunn School is an effective contributor to the Institute’s goal to become influential in global technology-related policy issues. Faculty, student, facilities, and program support is critical to continue the Nunn School’s upward trajectory as an authority on science and technology policy in a global environment.

The year 2017 marks the 20th anniversary of the Nunn School, and we seek to commemorate this anniversary through a philanthropic initiative. Alumni and friends, join us in commemorating this special anniversary through your active involvement and philanthropic investment in our students, faculty and programs:

20th Anniversary Priorities in 2017

  • Complete funding to create the endowed Sam Nunn Chair in International Affairs, which will provide critical discretionary funds for strategic priorities each year in perpetuity. $400,000 remains to complete the $2.5 million fund.

  • Establish six (6) named graduate fellowships to attract and support exceptional students seeking master’s and Ph.D. degrees in international affairs.

  • Establish three (3) named undergraduate scholarships to attract and support exception undergraduate students seeking degrees in international affairs.

25th Anniversary Priorities Before 2022

  • Establish thirty (30) named graduate fellowships to attract and support exceptional students seeking master’s and Ph.D. degrees in international affairs.

  • Establish fifteen (15) named undergraduate scholarships to attract and support exception undergraduate students seeking degrees in international affairs.

  • Secure two (2) new endowed faculty chairs and professorships to reinforce the School’s ability to attract and retain preeminent scholars in perpetuit

Sam Nunn School Chair Endowment: $400,000 remaining

Named and partially complete. When fully funded, the Sam Nunn Chair will provide crucial unrestricted support for the Nunn School while honoring the former US Senator for whom it is named.

Named Faculty Chairs and Professorships: From $1 million

The foundation of a great international affairs program is an exceptional faculty. Endowed chairs and professorships are awarded to faculty who are pre-eminent teacher-scholars in their respective fields.

Named Graduate Fellowships: From $5,000 per year (2 years)

Support for graduate student fellowships, whether at the MS or PhD level, enables the Nunn School to attract more of the finest academic talent to the graduate program. These students bring exemplary levels of scholarship to the School and their respective fields of study and research, and with support they become well prepared for their careers, whether as global policymakers or national security experts. The Nunn School offers full or partial fellowships.

Named Undergraduate Scholarships: From $10,000 per year (4 years)

Support for undergraduate student scholarships will allow the Nunn School to identify, invest in, and develop students who have demonstrated distinction in both leadership and academics. The Nunn School offers full or partial scholarships.

Programs of Global Awareness and Enrichment

Sam Nunn Security Program: The Sam Nunn Security Program and the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs are seeking to collaborate with corporate and foundation partners with mutual interests in policy making, national and international security, defense, big data, energy security, emerging markets, cyber security, international logistics, and global risk. Organizations who support the program will have recognition opportunities and access to the Nunn School’s talented student body and faculty while providing students with experiences that will enhance their development into your future corporate and research assets.

First Generation Students: The provision of opportunities for foreign study, research, and living experiences for those who may be the first in their family to attend college is an important aspect of the Sam Nunn School of International Afairs.

Named Facilities

The Nunn School is seeking support for the following facilities:
  • Washington, DC venue for meetings and visiting faculty offices
  • Space in existing Georgia Tech facilities in Metz, France, and Shenzhen, China for programmatic activities
  • Georgia Tech Atlanta commons space for students
  • “Think-tank” venue suitable for both high-level participants and their security

For additional information about these and other giving opportunities, please contact Erin Green, Development Associate, Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts at 404.894.5260.