The Cambridge International Security and Intelligence (ISI) Programme Scholarship

Beginning in 2021, NIP has provided a scholarship for one newly commissioned 1830 ensign from the U.S. Naval Academy or a Naval ROTC unit to attend the one-month International Security and Intelligence (ISI) Programme run by The Cambridge Security Initiative & The Department of War Studies, King’s College London.

The amount of the scholarship has increased since its inception. In 2023, the scholarship was approximately $6,000, which covers the ISI tuition and board at Cambridge. Travel costs are the responsibility of the recipient.

2024 Application Timeline:

November/early December:  NIP sends an email to midshipmen who have been selected for 1830/Naval Intelligence announcing the program and instructions for applying. Application consists of:

  • Short essay (300-500 words) on why you want to attend the ISI and what you plan to focus on for research

  • USNA or college transcript

15 January: Applications are due

31 January: The NIP Board of Directors completes review of applications, makes a selection, and informs applicants*.

For 2024, the program will take place from Sunday, 7 July to Saturday, 3 August 2024 in Cambridge, UK. 

Visit the Program Website for More Info

MIDN 1/C Ben Kwong (USNA, majoring in cyber security), ENS Vitale, Dr. Dave Gioe (retired Naval Intelligence Reserve CDR who co-runs the ISI Program), and LT Greg Favre (USNR), in the courtyard in front of Pepys Library on the Magdalene College campus, 5 August 2022.
The ISI students, staff, and conference guests outside of Pepy’s library in Cambridge, UK, Jul 2023.

The recipients have written about their experience for the NIP READBOOK. Their stories (if available) are linked to their names below.



ENS Justine Ransdell, USNA (of note, ISI was held remotely due to Covid)