Academic Incubator Program


Enroll Your University in the Academic Incubator

The Cipher Brief’s Academic Incubator Program partners with national security and cyber programs from some of the country’s leading colleges and universities to highlight the work of their top-performing students for The Cipher Brief audience, which consists of nearly 36K daily newsletter subscribers with deep experience in the government and private sectors.

There is no cost for enrollment in the program, and partner universities receive:

  • Free first year annual subscription to The Cipher Brief for actively enrolled students, which includes full access to The Cipher Brief archives (subscription eligibility must be verified by the university).
  • The opportunity for 2-3 pieces written by students to be published each semester (pieces are selected and edited by the university). The Cipher Brief will make all final publication decisions.
  • The opportunity for students to participate in The Academic Incubator National Security Virtual Summit to be held annually, featuring national security experts and others who have recently navigated from the academic environment to jobs in the national security sector.
  • Promotion of the university’s program in The Cipher Brief newsletter (circulation 36K) for two days each semester.

University Partners agree to:

  • Designate a staff member or qualified graduate student to serve as the program administrator, who will be responsible for overseeing the partnership program. The designee will be responsible for managing the free student membership eligibility and disbursement and will be responsible for selecting, editing and submitting 2-3 pieces per semester written by students or faculty for publication consideration per Cipher Brief guidelines.

Give your students the kind of advantage that only The Cipher Brief can offer. Apply Today. 

“..[T]he ISS program’s partnership with The Cipher Brief has given our students access to leading voices in national security and provided an invaluable opportunity for the students to develop skills that will allow them to contribute to national security after they graduate.” – Timothy Russell, Director of the Center for Intelligence and Security Studies, University of Mississippi

Please complete this form for an application.

Academic Incubator Interest Form

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