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Program Applications

The Riley Institute accepts applications for its community programs, Teachers of Government and Emerging Public Leaders, and accepts student applications for the Riley Institute Advance Team and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperative (APEC) conference. When the applications become available, a link will appear by the program name.

Advance Team

The Riley Institute Advance Team is a select group of Furman students interested in politics, government, and public policy. Members of the Advance Team work closely with Political Science faculty and the Riley Institute staff to execute a variety of events and programs and to host guests of the Riley Institute during their time on Furman’s campus. In the process, these students act as ambassadors for Furman and the Riley Institute as they interact with local, national, and international leaders. The Riley Institute has hosted prime ministers, senators, cabinet members, governors, members of congress, ambassadors, diplomats, mayors, members of parliaments from countries in Europe, Africa, and Latin America and a large number of community activists and leaders. 

Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC)

APEC Voices of the Future Program 2019 
November 10 - 17, 2019 (approximate dates)
Santiago, Chile

PLEASE NOTE Students who will be on study abroad this fall during APEC are not eligible to apply

Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), established in 1989, is an organization comprised of twenty-one member economies from Asia and the Pacific Rim.  APEC's mission is to gather its twenty-one member economies together annually to discuss three main pillars: trade and investment liberalization; business facilitation; and economic and technical cooperation. Meetings, hosted by one of the twenty-one economies, focus on the accomplishment of the Bogor Goals—free and open trade, and investment in the Asia-Pacific region. 

Students and educators from Mexico, the United States and other APEC member economies are invited to participate in APEC meetings through the program, “Voices of the Future for APEC.” To date, Furman students are the only U.S. undergraduates invited to the yearly gathering with the Pacific Rim government and business leaders. 

Emerging Public Leaders (EPL)Program 

Leadership is a trait acquired over time through experiences, knowledge, mentoring and skill development. That's why we've created a week packed with experiences that enable students to gain the confidence, motivation, information and skills necessary to become leaders in both domestic- and international-policy arenas. The program is offered free of charge to a select group of rising high school seniors who want to get involved and make a difference in the world.

During the week, each participant develops a plan for a student-led project addressing a need in their community. Students then return home to work with local residents and peers on the implementation of their projects. During the following spring, students are invited to return to Furman to present their completed projects. The schools of the students with the most successful projects are awarded a cash prize.

Further information may be acquired from Melanie Armstrong, Program Director, at

Teachers of Government (TOG) Program

Teachers of Government (TOG) 2019
July 12-19, 2019

Participants will spend the first day on Furman’s campus
participating in seminars on government and politics.

The Richard W. Riley Summer Institute for Teachers of Government is a week-long summer institute for high school and middle school teachers of government. 

Participants spend a week in Washington, D.C. where they meet with government officials, politicians, non-governmental activists and members of education policy-making agencies. Furman political science professors lead the participants through Washington and engage the group in evening discussions and seminars on relevant readings and political topics. The combination of intensive learning, networking and exposure to decision makers is designed to increase the knowledge and expand useful contacts of teachers which both support improved teaching skills.

Coordinated by Furman professor of political science Dr. Liz Smith, this program is free of charge for those accepted and it operates each summer.  Participants are eligible to receive Graduate Professional Development credit from Furman by paying a minimal tuition per credit hour. Dr. Liz Smith can be contacted either by telephone at 864.294.3674 or by email at