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James Boyd
Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research

Call for applications: Werner Global Cyber Security program and Microsoft internship in China

Nov. 6, 2012

Microsoft has created The Eric T. Werner Global Cyber Security Policy Advancement Exchange Program in partnership with Indiana University and Xi'an Jiao Tong University to help improve mutual understanding of cyber policy consideration between the U.S. and China and to set an example of effective international academic and industry collaborations to address global information security challenges.

Under the program, each year, two students from the Maurer School of Law will serve as Eric T. Werner Scholars, spending eight weeks during the summer at Xi'an Jiao Tong University conducting research with colleagues at the Information Security Law Research Center there, and spending three-four weeks interning in Microsoft's policy division in Beijing.

In exchange, each year, two students from Xi'an Jiao Tong University will visit the Maurer School of Law as Eric T. Werner Scholars, conducting research at the Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research, and spending up to four weeks in Microsoft's policy division in Washington, D.C.

All transportation, housing, meals and living expenses will be covered by the Eric T. Werner Scholarship, donated by Microsoft in memory of Eric T. Werner, former director of cybersecurity for the White House and, at the time of his untimely death from pancreatic cancer in 2012 at the age of 48, principal security strategist with Microsoft. Maurer students may earn up to four credits (B547) for the combined research and internship program.

Applications are due to in the Office of International Programs by 5 p.m. Dec. 3, 2012. Applicants must have taken or plan to take Information Security Law or Cybersecurity Law prior to the start of the program. Additional course work in international, intellectual property, or internet law is helpful. Mandarin language skills are not required but are a definite plus. To apply, please submit:

Also, provide a proposal describing your qualifications, interest and the broad outlines of a cyber security research project you would like to undertake while in residence at the Information Security Law Research Center in China. The proposal should reflect your aspiration and commitment to develop the skills to work across national borders to advance global cyber policy; your intellectual curiosity and willingness to conduct research in an environment unlike the ones with which you may be familiar; and your capacity to be open-minded in your pursuit of excellence and mutual understanding in an area of growing importance and conflict. The proposal should not exceed 600 words.

For additional information contact Lesley Davis, assistant dean for international programs, at or Fred H. Cate, director of the Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research, at For more information and to apply, visit the study abroad section of the Law School's website.