Summer Program in Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA)
The PPIA Program
The Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy is proud to encourage diversity in public leadership by hosting a Junior Summer Institute for the PPIA program. PPIA is an intensive seven-week summer program that focuses on preparing students for graduate programs in public policy and international affairs. Courses focus on improving students' communication and quantitative reasoning skills, which are vital to their success in graduate programs. Ford School faculty members teach most courses.
Current MPP students and recent graduates serve as teaching assistants, leading discussion seminars and providing tutorial resources. PPIA fellows take three courses: statistics, microeconomics, and communication skills/policy analysis.
PPIA Fellows attend classes in the morning and spend their afternoons working on problem sets, participating in discussion sessions, and seeking individual assistance in their courses.
- $1,000 Stipend
- Assistance with travel expenses
- University housing with a meal plan
- Books and related course supplies
- Library & computer access
PPIA GRADUATE FELLOWSHIPS
PPIA Fellows are guaranteed to receive graduate fellowships of at least $5,000.00 from any of the PPIA member institutions. For a complete list of these institutions, please visit the PPIA website.
PPIA Fellows who successfully complete the summer program at Michigan, UC Berkeley, Carnegie-Mellon, Maryland, or Princeton and who are admitted to the Master in Public Policy (MPP) program at the Ford School may be eligible for a Rackham Merit Award, which includes tuition and fees, a stipend, and health care.
For more information, please visit the national PPIA program website.
If you would like to contact someone at the University of Michigan regarding our Summer Institute program, please Email Student Services or call us: (734) 615-7408.