There are a number of ways to get involved with the Diplomacy Lab at IU.
How do I bid?
The Diplomacy Lab program is open to all Indiana University faculty members who are interested in engaging their classes in a collaborative project identified by the State Department. The U.S Department of State identifies projects open to participating universities approximately six months prior to each semester.
IUB Faculty who wish to participate in Diplomacy Lab may submit online bids for a primary and secondary project by the current cycles designated deadline. Although, due to the University's four project submission limitation, not all project bids will be guaranteed for submission.
A list of available projects can be found below.
- If your bid is selected, expect an initial e-mail from the State Department’s Diplomacy Lab office introducing you to available resources and contacts
- Seek student commitment early in the semester to take on Diplomacy Lab projects.
- Develop clear expectations in terms of the respective roles of the supervising professor and the students who are working on Diplomacy Lab projects. For example, think about how frequently you will require status updates; and how frequently you will review drafts of student work.
- Be prepared to engage in video and teleconferences throughout the semester to provide students with the opportunity to interact with State Department officials and to receive feedback. These meetings also help clarify any questions you may have on your project and ensure that you are on the right track. Try to set up the dates in advance to avoid scheduling conflicts.
- Solicit initial feedback on the direction of research from the Department of State point of contact early.
- Anticipate potential modifications to the scope of the project, timelines, and be willing to be flexible in this regard
- Determine early in the semester what the final product that is submitted will look like, e.g., how many pages, format, etc. If several students will be researching and submitting contributions, who will coordinate submission of a final report? How will the various contributions be streamlined? Will students combine the submissions or professors?
- Have a set timeline that builds in adequate time for review and editing prior to the submission of the final product to the Department of State.
- Seek additional advice and in-class presentations. Contact Michael Hamburger or Olga Kalentzidou.
- Questions should be addressed to:
Energy to Burn: Using Renewable Energy to Help Malaysia Meet Climate Change Commitments (GEOL-G 490/690, Environmental and Energy Diplomacy/Professor: Michael Hamburger)
Azerbaijan’s Political Past and Democratic Potential (Undergraduate Independent Study/Professor: Zeynep Elbasan)
Reviving the Yugosphere (ECON-E390, Research Methods in Economics/Professor: Michael Alexeev)
Anticipating the Needs of 8 Billion People and Beyond (GEOG-G485, GIS Programming/Professor: Tom Evans)
Designing for Diplomacy: An American Experience (AMID-D 374, Advanced Interior Architectural Design Studio: Global Context/Professor: Marleen Newman)
ICT Investment: Engine of Growth or Boulevard of Broken Dreams? (INTL-I 426, Computers, Cultures, and Our Globalized Future/Professor: Hamid Ekbia)
Energy Options for Vietnam (G490/G690, Environmental & Energy Diplomacy/Professor: Michael Hamburger)
Developing New Case Studies for Public-Private Partnerships (SPH-P510, Organization and Administration of Public Health Programs/Professor: Theresa Hunter)
Immigrant and Refugee Integration: Mobile Solutions for Mobile Populations (SPEA V550 Practice of Diplomacy/Professor: Rajendra Abhyankar)
How to Effectively Combat Anti-Semitism in 21st Century Europe (JSTU-J 304 / HON-H 304, Contemporary Antisemitism in Sociohistorical Perspective/Professor: Gunther Jikeli)
Benefits and Drawbacks of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) on Vietnam (SPEA-V-550, Practice of International Development/Professor: Anh Tran)
The Role of Technology in International Relations (MSCH-M413, Global Media Issues/Professor: Julien Mailland)
Conflict Mediation in Africa: What is the Missing Link? (SPEA-V450, Traditions of Inquiry; What is Public Policy For?/Professor: Leslie Lenkowsky)
Sprout Diplomacy: Growing Sprouts, Feeding People and Changing Lives in the Lake Chad Basin (INTL-I 370, Food Security/Professor: Olga Kalentzidou)
Political Impact of Increases and Decreases to Foreign Military Financing (FMF) Allocations on Partner Nations (IMP/Professorr: Huss Banai)
Urbanization! What About Food Security? (GEOG-G 461/561 Human Dimensions of Global and Environmental Change/Professor: Tom Evans)
Application Deadline: TBD
Wonk Tank is a competition for university students across the United States to showcase their ability to be America’s next great “foreign policy wonk.” A wonk is an individual student who has a keen interest in and aptitude for the details of public policy. Future “wonks” are invited to pitch policy proposals addressing a specific international problem or challenge requiring attention, a nuanced solution, and next steps to consider. Three finalists are to Washington, D.C. to present their pitches to a panel of Department of State officials.
The Diplomacy Lab Fair is an all-day event that takes place each spring at the Department of State’s Diplomacy Lab. The morning session includes welcoming remarks from Diplomacy Lab senior staff; presentations by organizations, such as Young Professionals in Foreign Policy, No Lost Generation, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Peace Corps, and the Virtual Student Foreign Service program; and a panel with Diplomacy Lab coordinators. Past Diplomacy Lab university project teams are also invited to showcase their work at a project fair throughout the programming. The afternoon session focuses on the Wonk Tank competition.
Diplomacy Lab Fair: TBD
Location: Marshall Conference Center, U.S. Department of State, Washington, D.C.