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Bridging the Gap Programs

Bridging the Gap offers a number of professional development programs for students and faculty. Please see each program’s page for more details on when and how to apply.

Professional Development Opportunities

International Policy Summer Institute (IPSI)

IPSI is an annual four-day workshop held in June for faculty and post-doctoral scholars in the areas of political science and international affairs who are pursuing policy-relevant research and interested in engaging more with the policy process. Participants are introduced to the foreign policy process in Washington through sessions that explore the interagency process, the role of the intelligence community, Congress and other avenues through which U.S. foreign policy is developed and carried out. Guest speakers from House and Senate committees, executive branch agencies (including USTR, NSC, DOD), and the Intelligence community advise participants on how to communicate research to different audiences in Washington and beyond. Participants undergo intense media training to hone their oral and written communication skills for greater public engagement.

New Era Workshop (NEW)

The New Era Workshop (formerly the New Era Foreign Policy Conference) is an annual three-day training program for PhD students and post-doctoral fellows in international affairs. Through a structured comparative scenario analysis and research generation exercise, participants assess medium-term global foreign policy challenges and opportunities and develop research questions to link theory and practice. Participants are joined by policy experts from various institutions in Washington and beyond, including government agencies, think tanks, and academic publishing outlets, for professional development training on topics such as writing for policy audiences, finding funding for policy-relevant research, and building careers that bridge academia and the policy world.

Policy Engagement Fellowship

Our Policy Engagement Fellowship, launched in 2017, is open to all individuals working on policy relevant research topics, with particular encouragement for alumni of Bridging the Gap programs to apply. This fellowship contributes to Bridging the Gap’s objective of training and supporting scholars undertaking theoretically informed policy-relevant research and engaging with the policy-making community.