Harnessing the power of IU's experts and students

Solving complex global problems

State-of-the-art foreign policy research opportunities for IU students to work collaboratively with faculty members on critical topics of global policy, including climate change, weapons nonproliferation, democracy and human rights, counter-terrorism, food security and global health.

Spring 2022 projects are now available

The Department of State will consider bids in the order they are received, so participants are encouraged to apply early. A reduced list of remaining projects will be released on November 1, final deadline to be announced.

First round application deadline: October 27

Learn more and apply

How it works at IUB

Over the course of a semester, faculty leaders guide students in developing research projects that accomplish the goals outlined by State Department ‘clients’. Students (graduate and undergraduate), who wish to complete a project enroll in participating IUB courses. They have opportunities throughout the semester to discuss their research with State Department officials.

Upon completion of the projects, students may have the opportunity compete in Wonk Tank and present their work at the Diplomacy Lab Fair in Washington, D.C. Past participants have gone on to government internships, graduate work in international relations, and permanent jobs with the State Department.

300+IUB STUDENTS INVOLVED IN OVER 20 IU DIPLOMACY LAB COURSES

Top 30IN 2016 IU JOINED AN ELITE GROUP OF LEADING ACADEMIC INSTITUTIONS AS A DIPLOMACY LAB UNIVERSITY

Support from the provost

"An exciting opportunity for us to do what a research-focused, international university does best -- connect our students to meaningful engagement opportunities on critical issues facing our country and our world. I’m so pleased to see IU students taking part in real-life civic affairs, and analyzing important policy matters through a national and international lens. This provides a unique laboratory for our students to become the ethical leaders of their generation."
- Provost Lauren Robel