Maria Carnovale
SciPol Summer Institute
SciPol Summer Institute

Science Policy Summer Institute

The Duke Science Policy Summer Institute will not be in session in 2019 About Download Brochure

The writing-intensive 4-week curriculum at Duke University will give participants a grounding in how to read, write, and understand science policy. Participants will write and publish policy briefs, draft proposed legislation, and meet with members of the North Carolina legislature.

The optional 6-week practicum extension to the program will allow participants to get hands-on experience working in the office to produce briefs, memos and legislation for local and national clients at the nexus of science and policy.


The program runs from May 29 through August 3, 2018

Week 1: Orientation; Science Communication; Writing Policy Briefs & Memos
Week 2: U.S. Civics for Scientists; Writing Policy Briefs & Memos II
Week 3: Intro to Ethics in Science Policy; Finance Bootcamp for Scientists
Week 4: Visiting the North Carolina Legislature & Legislation Drafting Party

Each Friday, participants will attend day-long modules focused on leadership training, diversity & inclusivity training, and professional etiquette & advancement.

Practicum (Optional)

Week 5 – 10: On site at the offices on 9th Street in Durham, North Carolina.
Closing Event: Policy Hack-a-thon

Sample Day: Thursday

  • 9-11 am: Science Communication
  • 11 am – 12 pm: Policy Writing Lab
  • 12-1 pm: Lunch
  • 1-3 pm: U.S. Civics for Scientists
  • 3-4 pm: Policy Writing Lab II
  • 4-5 pm: Afternoon Discussion: Mapping the U.S. Policy Landscape
  • 5-7 pm: **Thursday Evening Speaker Series: Prof. John Doe, Duke University “Bringing Science to Congress – 20 Years of Giving Expert Testimony.”

**Each Thursday evening, participants will have a private dinner with an invited speaker who is a researcher or practitioner in the science policy space.

2018 Program Fee

The Duke Science Policy Summer Insitute program fee is $1,500. Program fees do 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

The Science Policy Summer Institute does not offer academic credit for participation, but we are happy to work with your own academic institution to arrange independent student, professional development, or continuing education credits.

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