Program emerging Policy Leaders

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The registration is closed.

We will contact the chosen candidates on May 7th, 2021.


The Emerging Policy Leaders Program is a 6-months program where you will learn the skills necessary to be a policy researcher and grow your expertise in Indonesian policymaking. The program will enable trainees on how to analyze evidence to identify policy changes needed for low-income Indonesians to access wider economic opportunities to build prosperity. 


You will have the opportunity to work closely with CIPS to understand the role of think tanks in development, skills to conduct sound policy analysis, write for a policymaking audience, and communicate policy messages to target stakeholders. Application deadline: 27 April 2021.

Why Join
Kickstart your career in policy analysis

Kickstart your career in policy analysis and advocacy 

Access opportunities to advocate directl

Access opportunities to advocate directly to government stakeholders 

Grow a public profile as a policy expert

Grow a public profile as a policy expert and analyst amongst key stakeholders 

Access a global network of policy expert

Access a global network of policy expertise 

Develop critical thinking and and strong

Develop critical thinking and strong analytical skills needed for policy research 

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Receive a monthly salary 

Training sessions

While aiming to complete all assignments and projects, Trainees will also receive training to promote professional skills development. For the 2021 program, CIPS will cooperate with ThinkPolicy Society where EPLP Trainees will be part of the ThinkPolicy Bootcamp cohort in the June - August batch.

Training sessions conducted by ThinkPolicy will cover:

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Training sessions conducted by Think Policy will cover:

Module 1: - The role of think tanks in public policy


Orientation into the work of think tanks and how evidence-based policy advocacy functions towards Indonesia’s development. 

Module 2: Analytical framework for public policy

Learn core skills in structured critical thinking, reasoning, and structure writing necessary to reach logical and constructive conclusions essential for policy research.

Module 3: Technical knowledge towards evidence-based public policy 

Trainees will learn how to process, analyse, and present numerical data to audiences to support logical policy conclusions.  

Module 4: Advocacy for impact 


Learn how to advocate research and policy recommendations to the government and media. Trainees will build core communications skills to effectively convey policy messages to audiences.

Module 5: The work of a think tank

Hands-on and work closely with CIPS to prepare policy briefs or policy research and other advocacies.

Program Components

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"This program opens up a promising opportunity for fresh graduates who want to enter the world of public policy research. You are not only coached and supervised by some of the best figures in the field, but you will also gain practical public policy analysis and be able to grow your professional network."

Nadia Fairuza Azzahra, 

CIPS Researcher & EPLP Alumni 2019  

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The program provides a valuable opportunity to deep dive into the public policy sector. During the traineeship, we learned a lot and gained working experience with the operations, research and external relations teams on how a policy think tank works. It also brought us new public policy experiences that involved liasing with policymakers, policy experts, media, and a wider professional network."

Pingkan Audrine, 

CIPS Researcher and EPLP Alumni 2019  

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This program is very well-prepared and executed research training that allows the trainees to learn policy research from A to Z. The trainees weren't only taught to write policy research, but also to communicate it so that the messages will be widely spread. You will broaden your network with experts in public policy, key government officials, and private sectors.

Galuh Octania - CIPS Researcher

I appreciate CIPS as the only think tank in Indonesia that provides a great opportunity for fresh graduates to pursue a career as researchers. During the 6-month program, from basic research skills in collecting data to analyzing, writing, and advocating policy research, we learned all those expertise directly from the experts! The program is more than just a trainee program, it is a life-long learning experience where they guide you to think, grow, and work as a real expert in public policy research! 

Galuh Octania, 

Civil Servant & EPLP Alumni 2019


This program is very well-prepared and executed research training that allows the trainees to learn policy research from A to Z. The trainees weren't only taught to write policy research, but also to communicate it so that the messages will be widely spread. You will broaden your network with experts in public policy, key government officials, and private sectors.

Kukuh Sembodho, Digital Communication & EPLP Alumni 2020

“CIPS is a think tank that is very accommodating for developments for trainees in the EPLP. With the various training provided, we are taught to become researchers who can think critically and recommend policies that stakeholders can implement. Besides that, participating in the EPLP can also develop our connections and networking as researchers.”

Gliddheo Algifariyano Riyadi, Governance Analyst & EPLP Alumni 2020  


“During the 6-months program, you will learn how to write in a logical structure, understand the imperative aspect of research, write sensible and workable policy recommendations, and advocate your policy to the audiences from the experts. Besides, you will be working closely with the researchers to assist in writing a policy paper, allowing you to practice your critical thinking and apply the knowledge and skills you've learned.”

Noor Halimah Anjani, CIPS Junior Researcher & EPLP Alumni 2020 

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Lawrence Reed


President Emeritus of the Foundation for Economic Education (USA)

CIPS has devised a cutting-edge program that recruits trainees for six months of focus on producing top-quality policy research and analysis. I met with some of them during my recent visit. I left with a wish that I could hire them all myself!


CIPs-trained individuals are among the best-prepared anywhere. They author and publish superb papers and op-eds; display great competence and confidence in conducting media interviews; and develop the kind of close, personal relationships with policy stakeholders (in government, media and academia) that produce results. 

How to apply


  • Indonesian nationals. 

  • Maximum 25 years old 

  • Master’s degree is preferred, but not required. 

  • Bachelor’s degree from Economics, International Relations, Sociology, Political Science or other related social science fields with minimum GPA of 3.20. 

  • Minimum 1 year work experience in research or internship program. 

  • Strong interest in Indonesia’s public policy and economic development. 

  • Fluent in English, both written and verbal 

  • Understands basic research methodology, such as conducting interviews, literature review, and data analysis 

  • Able to provide at least one previous research report or other research publication 

  • Good numerical skills and basic understanding of statistics, including descriptive and inferential statistics 

Registration  process

Step 1 - Fill in the registration form by 27 April 2021 

Step 2 - Will be invited for the next recruitment process 

Step 3 - Writing test 

Step 4 - Final interview for shortlisted candidates 

Step 5 - Final Announcement on 7 May 2021

*Only selected candidates will be contacted through email. 

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EPLP program is being partially sponsored by Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) on 2019, CIPE one of the four core institutes of the National Endowment for Democracy and an affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Read their report about EPLP program here.


“The program allows aspiring policy researchers to gain practical knowledge of public policy analysis from experts in the field. Moreover, the trainees were also trained to advocate and disseminate their research findings to various stakeholders and the general public. Overall, the traineeship period truly prepared the trainees to be well-rounded policy researchers.”

Indra Setiawan, CIPS Junior Researcher &

EPLP Alumni 2020  


“CIPS's collaborative nature as a workspace adds so much value to the program; we can share our experiences and make sure that our opinions and ideas do not go unheard.  I am truly grateful for the time I've spent in the program and the skills I've learned to be beneficial for my future career journey.”

Arumdriya Murwani, CIPS Junior Researcher & EPLP Alumni 2020

“In CIPS, fresh graduates are drilled to think and work like researchers. My supervisors trusted me to handle papers which require an end-to-end process, speak at international scale conferences, and write countless articles to prominent local and foreign mass media."

Kidung Asmara - Writer/Dancer & EPLP Alumni 2019

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“The program provides a rare learning opportunity for fresh graduates to dive into the world of public policy and think tank industry in Indonesia. It offers wholesome training where you will be taught how to think critically, all the way to writing your policy briefs. It will connect you with bright minds and opportunities to be on the frontier of Indonesia's economic development. It taught you that a think tank is a home for those who think critically and creatively in making things better!”

Aicha Grade Rebecca - EPLP Alumni 2020

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"You learn how to write a proper, persuasive, and comprehensive policy recommendation in your brief or paper. Also, advocating and networking to stakeholders that are beneficial to you in your current and future research endeavors. It is crucial to be autonomous in your writing skills, keep up to date with current issues, and meet deadlines head-on."

Muhammad Diheim Biru - EPLP Alumni 2019