Predoctoral program in policy


The Predoctoral Program in Policy is a pilot program for exceptional policy school master’s students to develop the skills, experience, and mentorship needed to prepare for doctoral studies and an academic career in policy. 

Fellowship opportunities available at top-ranked policy schools, including: 

A goal of this program is to build a more diverse pipeline for doctoral programs and future policy school faculty members. The pilot seeks to increase opportunities in academic policy research for those who have experienced financial hardship, are first-generation college students, or who come from an educational, cultural, or geographic background that is underrepresented in related doctoral programs.

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Program benefits

Recognizing that substantial research experience and individual mentorship are key to successful admission to top PhD programs, the new Predoctoral Program in Policy matches exceptional graduates of professional master’s degree programs in public policy and administration with opportunities for research training, additional coursework, and faculty mentorship needed to prepare for an academic career.

  • Up to two-years, full-time funded predoctoral research fellowship
  • Intensive mentorship and support for PhD application process
  • Opportunities to network across institutions

Who can apply

Eligible current or former graduate students may apply for a research fellowship appointment.


  • Enrollment in one of the participating institutions' master's degree programs with anticipated graduation date by summer 2022 OR completion of a master's degree in a qualifying program during the previous year (i.e., 2021).
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion as expressed through research interests or service activities, and an economic, educational, cultural, or geographic background underrepresented in doctoral programs
  • Desire and potential to complete a doctoral graduate program in a field related to public policy
  • Authorization to work in the United States
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Attention to detail and quality in data analysis and written material
  • Ability to prioritize, adapt, and execute project tasks

Application timeline

  • Check back for updates later this fall.

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