2023–2024 International Policy Scholars Consortium and Network (IPSCON) cohort

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January 25, 2023 to February 28, 2023
District Of Columbia, United States
Subject Fields: 
Political History / Studies, Political Science, Public Policy, World History / Studies, Government and Public Service

The Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) welcomes applications from current PhD candidates for its 2023–2024 International Policy Scholars Consortium and Network (IPSCON) cohort.

IPSCON aims to create a cohort of scholar-practitioners who understand the problems and perspectives of the worlds of both academia and policymaking and can successfully pursue careers in both. The network now includes more than 120 exceptional fellows and alumni drawn from across the United States and the world. Supported by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, IPSCON is dedicated to helping current emerging scholars from different disciplines conduct innovative research, sharpen their expertise in international affairs, and have greater policy impact.


Over the course of the 2023-2024 academic year, IPSCON participants will engage in a three-day retreat in the Adirondacks, participate in a two-day policy workshop in Washington, DC, and attend a virtual seminar series during the semester that brings together fellows, preeminent scholars, and current and former senior government officials to discuss timely foreign policy issues. IPSCON members will also have access to the IPSCON alumni community for networking and mentorship.

IPSCON is looking for applications from outstanding PhD students. Our ideal applicants will have finished or be in the process of finishing their comprehensive exams when they take up the fellowship. We welcome applications from candidates from a diverse array of intellectual backgrounds, including history, political science, public policy, information and data science, biology, engineering, public health, environmental studies, etc., who are interested in making their research more accessible to policymakers and/or serving in government. Preference will be given to current PhD students with a demonstrated interest in policy-relevant research on a key topic in international affairs. Applicants who are committed to promoting a sense of belonging and contributing to an equitable and inclusive learning environment for all are strongly encouraged to apply. We consider candidates from both the United States and abroad.

Application Components and Deadline: 
Applicants should send a copy of their CV and a 500-word essay explaining their interest in IPSCON and career objectives to IPSCON_SAIS@jhu.edu no later than Tuesday, February 28, 2023, at 11:59 PM ET. Candidates will be notified of the outcome of their applications by April 1, 2023.

To learn more about IPSCON and our recent programming, visit the Kissinger Center website at https://sais.jhu.edu/kissinger/ipscon. Please direct any questions to IPSCON_SAIS@jhu.edu.

Contact Info: 

James "Jeb" Benkowski at IPSCON_SAIS@jhu.edu 

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