School for Thinktankers

13 December 2017

The School for Thinktankers is an opportunity to learn about the many dimensions of think tanking and to strengthen and prepare for leadership roles. 

Discover more about the upcoming School by joining one of our Q&A sessions on 29 August or 31 October ( 14:30 GMT 0, UK time).


Apply now for 2024


If you’re curious to learn more about the programme, join us for Q&A sessions on 29 August or 31 October 2023.

What to expect

The School is a one-week programme hosted in Brussels. It is taught by current and former think tank directors and expert practitioners. You will learn with and join a community of thinktankers worldwide.

The curriculum covers five core areas:

  • Governance and management
  • Policy relevant research
  • Communications
  • Fundraising and financial management
  • Monitoring, evaluation and learning

You will participate in a combination of:

  • Lectures
  • Group work
  • Networking activities
  • Site visits

Upon completing the School, you will receive a certificate of participation and join our alumni community of over 150 thinktankers worldwide.

Each year, we welcome a diverse range of thinktankers, from early/mid-career to senior leadership positions, and from research, communications, human resources, fundraising and project management roles. We also welcome policy entrepreneurs interested in setting up their think tanks.

The School for Thinktankers 2024 will be delivered in partnership with Bruegel. It is also made possible through the long-standing support of the Hewlett Foundation and the Robert Bosch Foundation. Past school partners and supporters also include Southern Voice, Universidad del Pacífico, foraus, The Think Tank Hub-Geneva, the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), the Think Tank Initiative, and IDRC.

Hear from former participants.

Enrique Mendizabal on why he started the School for Thinktankers

Simon Maxwell on the different dimensions of thinktanking

Apply now for 2024