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U.S. Policy Communication Training Program

Posted: 12/19/2017 (Conference)

The Population Reference Bureau (PRB) is pleased to announce that applications for the 2018-2019 cohort of the U.S. Policy Communication Training Program will open the first week of January. The program will offer in-depth policy communication training in Washington, D.C. this summer to U.S. citizens and permanent residents studying demography, population health, and reproductive health in doctoral programs at U.S. academic institutions.

In December 2014, PRB announced a new program to provide policy communication training to doctoral students attending universities in the United States. The program builds on PRB’s 40-year legacy of training researchers to communicate their findings for policy change and is designed to develop skills that U.S. researchers need to communicate with U.S. policy audiences to influence policymaking.

The program has two components.

  • Workshop: A week-long workshop in Washington, DC focuses on the role of research in the U.S. policy process, and on techniques for effective communication of research findings to U.S. decisionmakers, media, and nontechnical audiences. Trainees practice distilling policy-relevant messages from their research and communicating this information in nontechnical language.
  • Practicum: During the academic year following the workshop, participants will apply the lessons learned at the Washington workshop to prepare two policy communication materials based on their dissertations or related research topics.

The program is funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services—National Institutes of Health (NIH) Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD).

Who Should Apply 

The Training is open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents (Green Card Holders) pursuing doctoral programs at reputable U.S. academic institutions and who are between their 3rd and 5th year of studies. Priority is given to applicants who are current or previous trainees of NICHD-supported population centers in the United States.

If you have questions, please contact Laura Bloom at

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Location: The Population Reference Bureau