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Bridging the Gap: International Policy Summer Institute

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Email: bridgingthegap@american.edu

Bridging the Gap Project
School of International Service
4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20016



International Policy Summer Institute 2014

Learn more about this year's institute. Download the schedule, read participant bios, and more.

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:

  • Workshops with executive branch and congressional policymakers, interest groups, NGOs, academics, and think tank researchers, focusing on policy processes and the roles that academic research can play within them;
  • Colloquia with international affairs scholars who have successfully engaged in policy debates;
  • Interactive communications and media training, including discussions with publishers, journalists, and new media experts;
  • Hands-on workshops to develop dissemination and influence strategies, using live research material;
  • Network-building opportunities with policy-makers and fellow scholars.

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2015 IPSI applications will be available in early October