Founded in 2016 by [] and named after Senator Paul H. Douglas, The Paul Douglas Institute (PDI) strives to be a place for aspiring policymakers to

  • Experience policymaking in practice, applying academic knowledge and rigor while gaining a broader understanding of policy processes

  • Make an impact on real-world legislative processes through solution-oriented research projects

  • Build community with like-minded peers in a supportive, collaborative environment

At the start of each project cycle (one in Fall and one in Spring), PDI takes in approximately 60(?) new researchers and 40(?) returning researchers, who altogether form the annual cohort. This cohort will complete [x] projects, culminating in a variety of impactful products such as [report, conference, etc. - refer to IMPACT page].

We also provide

  • Social events

  • Talks from experts

  • Networking opportunities

  • Free food!

Five years on, PDI continues to be a space for The University of Chicago's most promising policy influencers to explore their interest in policy and develop their skills.

PDI alumni include... [we actually have an alumni page lol] 

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A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization​.

Chicago, IL