IPPI offers young professionals a range of fellowship programs at the main junctions of policy-making in Israel and Europe
The IPPI offers young professionals an opportunity to complete a fellowship program at the main junctions of policy-making in Israeli and European institutions. The latter include parliaments, government ministries, research institutions and NGOs dealing with a variety of policy issues ranging from democratic participation, international security, gender politics and environmental sustainability to startups and tech-innovation.
During the program, the fellows are mentored by leading policy experts and gather professional experience in their areas of expertise from within a local setting. In the framework of the fellowship, participants will be required to complete the writing of a policy paper relating to their respective field of expertise. In addition to the fellowship program, the fellows will be offered an opportunity to take language courses and meet with officials, policymakers, journalists, activists and other public policy thought leaders.
The IPPI Fellowship is dedicated also to young non-Jewish policy professionals that are interested in the promotion of the professional dialog between Europe and Israel on public policy matters. The IPPI program provides Fellows with hands-on work experience while tackling common societal questions in Israel and Europe today in order to foster joint perspectives for the future.
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"The IPPI Fellowship has enabled me to pursue my own policy research while gaining valuable, hands-on professional experience in two very different organizations.
"After graduating from my Master's program at Oxford, where I conducted research on ocean governance, I was looking for an opportunity to continue working in the field, but from within a policy oriented "hands-on" setting.
The IPPI Fellowship "Ecology & Sustainable Development" was a perfect fit in this respect. On the one hand, the Fellowship includes the composition of a policy paper on an environmental challenge common to both Germany and Israel, where I had the opportunity to conduct comparative research on the policies both countries have implemented in order to balance their economic interests in the maritime sphere with the protection of the maritime environment.
At the same time, I was able to gain substantive work experience in two fundamentally different professional environments: The Heinrich Böll Foundation and the Israeli Ministry of Environmental Protection. In both cases I quickly felt like I was part of the team, as there was no long warm-up period and I was immediately assigned responsibility for different projects.
What I appreciated most was the flexibility of the people I worked with, as they were keen to involve me in projects that were of specific interest for me. For example, the Ministry offered me to support them in a project that directly related to my own research - the preparation of the Israeli delegation to the UN World Ocean Conference in New York.
Conducting research on Israel's policies on marine protection in this context helped me to acquire profound knowledge of the relevant actors, institutions and policies in the field, which I could directly utilize for my own research.
In addition, working at the Heinrich Böll Foundation was a great way to get exposed to policy areas that go beyond my individual research and providing me with an opportunity to obtain a better understanding the complex political situation in Israel. By writing monthly analyses and articles on current political developments, I quickly got a sense of the major debates in the country.
Overall, I believe that the IPPI Fellowship constitutes a great opportunity for young professionals who want to gain substantive professional experience in a policy-oriented environment and simultaneously pursue in-depth research in their field of expertise."
The Israel Public Policy Institute (IPPI) is an independent non-partisan Think-and-Do Tank that strives to strengthen the personal and professional connections between young professionals and policy leaders from Israel, Europe and the United States.