The emerging Policy Leaders Program

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Program Period: 17 January - 30 September 2022


The Emerging Policy Leaders Program is a 9-months program where you will learn the skills necessary to work at a think tank and grow your expertise in Indonesian policymaking. The program will equip six selected trainees with research, communication, and organizational skills. Trainees will be able to analyze evidence to identify policy changes needed for low-income Indonesians to access wider economic opportunities towards prosperity.

In 2022, the EPLP trainees will have an exclusive opportunity to work on Think20 activities, an official G20 engagement group. Activities include developing policy briefs, stakeholder engagements, roundtables, and side events. 

Trainees will get the training from CIPS And Think Policy.

Why Join
Kickstart your career in policy analysis

Kickstart your career in policy analysis and advocacy 

Access opportunities to advocate directl

Access opportunities to advocate directly to government stakeholders 

Grow a public profile as a policy expert

Grow a public profile as a policy expert and analyst amongst key stakeholders 

Access a global network of policy expert

Access a global network of policy expertise 

Develop critical thinking and and strong

Develop critical thinking and strong analytical skills needed for policy research 

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Receive a monthly salary 

Training sessions

While aiming to complete all assignments and projects, Trainees will also receive training to promote professional skills development. For the 2022 program, CIPS will continue to cooperate with ThinkPolicy Society where EPLP Trainees will be part of the Think Policy Bootcamp cohort in the June - July batch. 

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Training sessions conducted by Think Policy will cover:

Module #1 - The role of think tanks in public policy

Orientation into the work of think tanks and how evidence-based policy advocacy functions towards Indonesia’s development.

Module #2 - Analytical framework for public policy

Learn core skills in structured critical thinking, reasoning, and structure writing necessary to reach logical and constructive conclusions essential for policy research.

Module #3 - Technical knowledge towards evidence-based public policy

Trainees will learn how to process, analyze, and present numerical data to audiences to support logical policy conclusions. 


Module #4 - Advocacy for impact

Learn how to advocate research and policy recommendations to the government and media. Trainees will build core communications skills to effectively convey policy messages to audiences. 


Module #5 - The work of a think tank

Hands-on and work closely with CIPS to prepare policy briefs or policy research and other advocacies.


During the sessions, trainees will be given practical assignments such as drafting op-eds, conducting

interviews, and collecting data. The assignments allow trainees to practice their skills and receive feedback.

Program Components

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"EPLP offers research experience with close mentorship and proper training to acquire the skills needed as a policy researcher. The program facilitates dialogue with related stakeholders, which helped to boost my confidence and expanded my knowledge."

Azizah Fauzi,
CIPS Junior Researcher & EPLP Alumni 2021

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Lawrence Reed


President Emeritus of the Foundation for Economic Education (USA)

CIPS has devised a cutting-edge program that recruits trainees for six months of focus on producing top-quality policy research and analysis. I met with some of them during my recent visit. I left with a wish that I could hire them all myself!


CIPs-trained individuals are among the best-prepared anywhere. They author and publish superb papers and op-eds; display great competence and confidence in conducting media interviews; and develop the kind of close, personal relationships with policy stakeholders (in government, media and academia) that produce results. 

  • Indonesian nationals.

  • Maximum 25 years old.

  • Bachelor’s degree from Economics, International Relations, Sociology, Political Science or other related social science fields with minimum GPA of 3.20. A Master’s degree is preferred, but not required.

  • Proven organizational and management skills, either through internship or involvement in campus organizations/events.

  • One year work experience in a research or internship program is preferred.

  • Strong interest in Indonesia’s public policy especially in food security and agriculture policy area.

  • Good numerical skills and basic understanding of statistics.

  • Fluent in English, both verbal and written.

Registration process

Step 1 - Fill in the registration form by 4 January 2022 

Step 2 - Will be invited for the next recruitment process* 

Step 3 - Writing test 

Step 4 - Final interview for shortlisted candidates 

Step 5 - Final Announcement on 10 January 2022

*Only selected candidates will be contacted through email. 

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For more info, watch our FAQ video or email as here.