The International Communication Section (ICOMM)

of the International Studies Association

Call for Applications: Bridging the Gap Professional Development Institutes

Bridging the Gap offers two professional development opportunities that might be interesting for our members. For application and further information, please visit

Bridging the Gap Professional Development Opportunities
Bridging the Gap ( promotes an informed public discourse on U.S. and global foreign policy challenges, as well as training and advocacy designed to help academics pursue policy-relevant research and theoretically grounded policy work. Bridging the Gap simultaneously engages policymakers in the work of political scientists and scholars of international affairs. Bridging the Gap annually holds a professional development institute designed mainly for professors as well as a workshop designed mainly for PhD students.

2017 International Policy Summer Institute (IPSI)
Sunday, June 4, 2017 to Thursday, June 8, 2017
Location: School of International Service at American University
Application Deadline: January 27, 2017
For Professors (all ranks) and Post-docs

IPSI is a weeklong professional development program for professors of 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 scholarship on international affairs, 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 the broader policy community.


2017 New Era Foreign Policy Conference (NEFP)
Sunday, March 12, 2017 to Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Location: School of International Service at American University
Application Deadline: December 9, 2016
For Doctoral Students or Recent PhDs

The New Era Foreign Policy Conference is an annual two-day workshop for Ph.D. students in political science, international affairs, or related fields; post-docs in those fields; and foreign policy experts. Participants are asked to assess the medium-term challenges and opportunities currently facing the United States, to critically examine the macro-level goals that underpin American foreign policy, and to devise the strategies and policies meant to achieve these goals. On the basis of these discussions, participants are encouraged to generate and shape policy-relevant research ideas. In the past, these ideas have contributed to participants’ dissertation projects and have also resulted in conference papers, published academic articles, and pieces in policy journals.

Rather than the presentation of papers with panels and discussants, the format of the conference is a series of workshops and scenario-planning sessions. At past conferences, the participants have been joined by policy experts with experience at the National Security Council, the Department of Defense, the RAND Corporation, the Central Intelligence Agency, the Brookings Institution, NPR, the United States Mission to the United Nations, Foreign Policy magazine, and the Council on Foreign Relations.


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