IPSA-Concordia Summer School in Applied Diplomacy



The IPSA-Concordia Summer School in Applied Diplomacy, the first in Canada, is a nine-day program at Concordia’s downtown campus, in the heart of Montréal. Policy-oriented seminars will be complemented with a practical hands-on Diplomacy Lab, allowing the participants to work on case studies in teams. Through educational field trips, participants will also explore Canadian politics and society and have the opportunity to network with Montreal’s vibrant international community.

Montreal is home to over 60 International Organizations (IO), including IPSA and the only UN agency in Canada (the International Civil Aviation Organization) and has a very active consular corps. Furthermore, it is situated close to Ottawa, Canada’s capital, making it easy for ambassadors and global affairs experts to participate in the Summer School,

We invite all graduate students, young researchers and professionals to participate in the upcoming IPSA-Concordia Summer School in Applied Diplomacy. The school will be held in Montreal, Canada in Summer 2021.

Educational Program

IPSA-Concordia Summer School in Applied Diplomacy course objective is to combine theory and practice by prominent scholars and diplomats, for the benefit of the participants from around the world.
Students will attend two (2) or three (3) classes per day, complemented with a practical hands-on Diplomacy Lab to collaborate on actual case studies as teams. The best Diplomacy Lab team will be invited to the next IPSA World Congress of Political Science to organize a panel and present their research.

Course Outline

  • Introduction: The Evolution of Diplomacy
  • Diplomacy in International Relations Theory
  • Traditional Diplomacy – States, International Organizations
  • Changing Diplomacy – Agencies, Non-State Actors
  • International Negotiations, Past and Present
  • Digital Diplomacy
  • International Law and Norms of Diplomacy
  • Scientific Diplomacy

The language of instruction is English but written assignments can be submitted in either French or English.

Educational Field Trips

  • A field trip to Ottawa, the nation’s capital, will be organized to meet with Canadian government officials.
  • Students will meet leaders of Montréal-based international organizations.
  • Networking events with diplomats and governmental officials.

Financial Assistance

Participants interested in obtaining financial support to attend the IPSA-Concordia Summer School in Applied Diplomacy are asked to complete a brief application indicating their interests, needs, and previous experience with summer schools and in the field of diplomacy. Priority will be given to graduate students taking the school for academic credit. The school is also available for young professionals working in governmental and non-governmental agencies. At least five (5) fellowships of $1,000 CAD will be made available based upon needs and merit, in addition to two (2) travel grants offered by IPSA. Students coming from over 50 km from Montreal will have access to accommodation on campus for the duration of the Summer School.

Application Criteria

Graduate students: 1-page letter of intent, curriculum vitae and transcripts from their most recent program.
Young professionals: 1-page letter of intent, curriculum vitae and a recommendation letter from their immediate supervisor.

Application Deadline: TBD
For more information:  https://www.concordia.ca/summer/artsci/ipsa-applied-diplomacy.html