Policy Engagement Fellowship

Bridging the Gap Policy Engagement Fellowship

Date: February 2017 through December 2017
Location: Worldwide
Application Deadline: Applications are now closed

As a new U.S. presidential administration takes office, and amidst many other dynamic forces globally, Bridging the Gap seeks to increase our engagement with and impact upon public policy.  The current climate of policy uncertainties has spurred many academics to become, or consider becoming, more involved in policy-relevant debates.  As part of this moment of opportunity, we are launching a new policy engagement initiative that will tap into and help feature the wide-ranging expertise of the Bridging the Gap network.

We seek proposals for developing and delivering policy-relevant research in a timely, digestible format to policy practitioners on a topic of immediate policy interest.  Proposals are not restricted in terms of substantive research topics, as long as a case can be made as to the timely relevance of the content.  We encourage innovative suggestions as to how specific policy engagement will be undertaken on the topic.  Potential ideas for engagement include: a “room for debate” style forum; standalone policy briefs or memos; analytical scorecards; multimedia approaches, etc.  The fellowship is open to all individuals, 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.  The selected Fellows will be announced at the Bridging the Gap reception at the International Studies Association conference on Thursday, February 23, 2017.

Fellowship Details

Bridging the Gap will support three Policy Engagement Fellows who will each develop and deliver a research-informed engagement program on a distinct public policy issue over the course of their one-year fellowship.  Each Fellow will work with the Bridging the Gap leadership in conceptualizing and disseminating their policy work and will receive support for their proposed engagement strategy.  Fellows will each receive a stipend of $3,000 and additional funding to travel to Washington, D.C. as part of a dissemination and outreach strategy.

Applications should consist of a curriculum vitae and a proposal of a maximum of 1,000 words. The proposal must address: 1) the proposed topic of policy interest and why it is important; 2) what scholarly research has to contribute to this topic; and, 3) an outline of the proposed policy engagement strategy, including its timing and deliverables.

Deadline: Applications and inquiries should be sent to by Friday, February 10, 2017 with the subject “Policy Engagement Fellow”.


Policy Engagement Fellows:

Sarah Bush

Jeff Colgan

Lauren Prather

Joshua Shifrinson

Past Policy Summer Fellows:

Nate Allen

Danielle Gilbert

Francesca Grandi

Jeff Kaplow

Philip Martin

Nicole Weygandt