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Apply to become a 2022-2023 Graduate Policy Scholar!

Applications for the Graduate Policy Scholar program are now open to all graduate students at Washington University in St. Louis! The Graduate Policy Scholar program provides students from all fields of study with impactful opportunities and training in policy. Offered by the Social Policy Institute and the Clark-Fox Policy Institute, the yearlong program provides students with opportunities to develop skills in advocacy, analysis and/or organizing.

Key features include:

  • Self-directed, experience-based program that allows for topic specialization
  • Participants can expect to develop skills in advocacy, analysis and the policy process
  • Students are given the opportunity to engage with policymakers, civic leaders and change agents

During the program, students receive guidance and mentorship tailored to their unique interests. Find out more about the Graduate Policy Scholars program here.

Click here to apply – the deadline is Monday, September 23, 2022, by 5 p.m. CST.

Graduate students from across the university can apply for the program. Learn how previous Graduate Policy Scholars from the Brown School, Sam Fox School of Design, Olin Business School and the School of Medicine planned to use their policy education after they graduated.

Additional questions can be emailed to Saffiyah Poole at  

Carlos Salazar-Lermont
(Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts – MFA)

“My goal is to keep developing my sensibility to complex realities, and to strengthen my agency to enhance the living experiences of communities and individuals through art.

Scott Millar
(Brown School – MSW/MSP)

“I hope to work closely with legislators and others on veteran issues and policy. Especially policy that helps and supports survivors of Military Sexual Trauma.

Portia Nartey
(Brown School – MSW/MSP)

“With my enhanced policy and advocacy skills, I plan to continue advocating for women and girls to be safe and protected from violence – and to be supported to achieve their maximum wellbeing and development.

Aurora Chen
(Olin Business School – MBA, Brown School – MPH)

“I hope to use my policy and advocacy skills to arouse attention to elder care and active response to the problem of the aging population.

Jada Foster
(Brown School – MSW/MSP)

“For nearly two decades, I have been an advocate for the empowerment and protection of school-aged children and their mothers. I will continue to use my policy writing skills to advocate for early childhood sexuality education and the importance of body autonomy for mental health.”

Amal Taylor
(WUSM – MD, Brown School MPH )

“I aim to use my policy and advocacy skills to improve eye and vision health and reduce preventable blindness, especially in under-served and minority communities.