Georgetown University Named as State Department Research Partner on Diplomacy and Development: Real Issues, Real Research, Real Impact

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WASHINGTON (April 26, 2016)—Georgetown University today announced that the U.S. Department of State has designated the university as its first Diplomacy Lab partner in the national capital region. A 2013 State Department Office of Global Partnerships initiative, this public-private research program provides students – both undergraduate and graduate – at over 25 participating universities the opportunity to research and propose innovative yet well-grounded solutions to real-world policy challenges on behalf of State Department offices and U.S. embassies.

Designed to showcase the role U.S. universities play in foreign policy making and broaden State’s research base, this program also provides the opportunity to showcase and support the next generation of leaders in foreign affairs. Working under faculty direction as part of an existing course, a tailored course, or a for-credit independent study, student teams formulate policy options in response to actual State Department “taskings.” Over 100 project proposals are available each semester, with each participating university invited to “bid” on up to six. Topics span the globe and range across conventional diplomacy and public policy, development, data analysis, and public health.

Georgetown Provost Robert Groves lauded the new partnership and the experiential learning opportunities that transcend the classroom it provides to all Georgetown students: “We welcome this opportunity for Georgetown students to become innovators and policymakers as they engage in this program. We push our students to take on these types of big challenges. We support this effort by ISD and SFS to work across the range of schools and disciplines that make up the Georgetown learning environment so that all faculty and students can actively participate in this unique program.”

The Institute for the Study of Diplomacy (ISD) at the School of Foreign Service (SFS) will coordinate Georgetown’s participation, which is open to faculty and students across the campus and at all graduate schools and undergraduate programs. ISD Director Ambassador Barbara Bodine noted “The DipLab program and process reflects ISD’s mandate to serve as a bridge between the scholar’s world and the academic world, both scholars and students. Faculty and students from all disciplines at Georgetown now have an exciting opportunity to be involved in the formulation of foreign policy firsthand.”


Faculty members interested in learning more about the Diplomacy Lab opportunities should contact ISD for information on how to incorporate a Diplomacy Lab project into an existing course or launch an independent team research project. Interdisciplinary projects are welcomed, though not mandatory. For further details: