University of Wisconsin–Madison

Duke Science & Society is pleased to announce the Duke Science Policy Summer Institute!

This writing-intensive 10-week program at Duke University (May 29 – August 3, 2018) will give advanced undergraduate and graduate STEM students, post docs, and researchers a grounding in how to read, write, and understand science policy.

During our 4-week curriculum, participants will learn the basics of Science Communication, U.S. Civics, Finance & U.S. Markets, Writing for a Policy Audience (Briefs, Memos & Analyses), and Professional Ethics in Science Policy. Over the four weeks, participants will also gain hands-on experience by writing and publishing policy briefs, drafting proposed legislation, and meeting with members of the North Carolina legislature.

The optional 6-week practicum extension to the program will allow participants to create policy portfolios by working in the Duke Science & Society office to produce policy briefs for SciPol, our science policy tracking website.

The program fee is $1,500 and includes all books and course materials, but does not include housing, meals, or travel to North Carolina. Scholarships are available on a need-based, limited basis, but participants are encouraged to seek external sponsorship & support. For details, email

To learn more, visit: and to apply now (Priority Deadline: March 1st, 2018), download an application from:

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