Graduate Policy Scholars

In response to students’ growing desire to engage in policy leadership, in Fall of 2017 the Clark-Fox Policy Institute launched a new program to help prepare them for policy practice. Now in partnership with the Social Policy Institute at Washington University, the Graduate Policy Scholars program offers students the opportunity to supplement their robust curriculum with experiences and training outside the classroom.

Spanning an academic year, the program offers accepted graduate students a specialized learning opportunity to build capacity for policy practice. Students are offered a host of experiences, including mentoring, advising, and trainings. Participants can expect to develop skills in advocacy, analysis, and activism; build knowledge of government processes and how to effect change; and engage with policymakers, civic leaders and change agents.

The self-directed program design allows students to choose their personal learning priorities and to work at their own pace. At the same time, multiple mechanisms are employed that allow students guidance and support needed to complete the program.

By participating in the program, Scholars-in-Training can expect to:

  • Deepen their understanding of social change through policy
  • Consider proposed and existing policies through an equity
    lens
  • Develop skills in advocacy, political efficacy and electoral
    activism
  • Engage with policymakers, civic leaders, and change agents
  • Cultivate relationships with other scholars and GPS alum

Graduate Policy Scholars represent a growing network of students and alumni committed to advancing social change and equity through policy.

Policy Perspectives from Scholars

Click here to learn how nine scholars plan to use what they’ve learned from the program to advance policy and equity.

Apply now for the 2020-2021 year (deadline is 9/18)

If you are interested in policy, community organizing, advocacy and more, the Graduate Policy Scholar Program is a great match for you! Read a full description of the program here, and watch an informational video.

Click here to apply – the deadline is Friday, September 18, 2020, by 5 PM CST.