December 13, 2017

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School for Thinktankers

Think tank leaders can’t just rely on being great researchers; they must be great managers, networkers, fundraisers, communicators and more.

Unfortunately, many thinktankers don’t get to build these skills during their careers. By the time they are senior enough to take on leadership roles, it’s (almost) too late.

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

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

Applications are open for 2023

More about the School

The School for Thinktankers covers five core areas:

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

It includes lectures, group work, networking activities and site visits.

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

The School is open to all: 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.

Find out more:

Enrique Mendizabal on why he started the School for Thinktankers

Simon Maxwell talks about the different dimensions of thinktanking


If you would like to receive information about the School for Thinktankers and OTT Fellowship, register your interest.