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So you want to be a
PDI researcher

Here's what to expect.

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What you'll get

How it works

PDI's research is divided into yearly project cycles. As an incoming researcher, your first quarter with PDI will be dedicated to research workshops and community-building events. At the end of your first quarter, you will be assigned to a project group. As part of this team of typically between 5 and 10 researchers, you will spend the next two quarters diving into a research question and coming up with insights into society's problems. You can see past projects here. The culmination of your year of research is PDI's Annual Symposium. This is a space for your team to share their conclusions with fellow PDI researchers, professors, project partners, community members, and more!

PDI strives to create a fun and supportive community where everyone learns. As such, no prior experience is necessary to join PDIand we welcome undergraduates of all backgrounds to apply.

Thank you for your interest in PDI

Applications for our next research cohort will open in Fall 2024

Please email policy@pauldouglasinstitute.org if you have any questions about the application.

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