International Policy Summer Institute

International Policy Summer Institute (Professors and Post-docs)

Date: Sunday, June 3 – Thursday, June 7 2018
Location: School of International Service at American University
2018 Applications are now closed

IPSI is a weeklong professional development program for professors (all ranks) and post-docs in the field of international affairs who want to build the tools and networks to produce and disseminate policy-relevant academic research.

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 IR scholarship, 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

*Hotel and airfare costs are covered for all selected participants.