International Policy Summer Institute (IPSI) at American University

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January 10, 2020
United States
Subject Fields: 
Diplomacy and International Relations, Government and Public Service, Political Science, Public Policy, World History / Studies


Date: Sunday, June 7 – Thursday, June 11, 2020
Location: School of International Service at American University
Applications are open! Click here to apply.

IPSI is a five-day professional development program for professors (all ranks) and post-docs in the fields of international affairs, history, and political science who want to build the tools and networks to produce and disseminate policy-relevant academic research. IPSI is run by Bridging the Gap, an organizaiton now in its 16th year at American University's School of International Service.

The Institute delivers an intensive curriculum designed to teach participants how to develop and articulate their research for a policy audience, what policy-makers are looking for when they look to scholarship on international issues, whom to target when sharing research, and which tools and avenues of dissemination are appropriate. IPSI also provides a forum for scholars to develop professional networks with their colleagues and with the broader policy community.

Sessions are facilitated by senior faculty and are held in various formats, including:

  • Panels with academics who have served in government, government officials, think tank researchers, and other members of the policy community, focusing on policy processes and the roles that academic research can play within them, and the value of policy experience for scholars
  • Discussions with editors of policy journals, newspaper op-ed pages, and major blogs about how to pitch pieces and write for different kinds of outlets
  • Interactive communications and media training, including practice sessions and personalized feedback on policy writing and media interviews
  • Network-building opportunities with policy-makers and fellow scholars

Applications will close at 8 PM EST on January 10, 2020. For questions about the International Policy Summer Institute, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.