The GW Regulatory Studies Center offers students a training ground in regulatory policy, with fellowships, graduate assistantships and a variety of engaging courses.
"The Center provided me with the analytical skills I needed, and gave me a sense of community as an international student."
Ana Maria Zárate Moreno
Analyst, Inter-American Development Bank
World Bank Fellow, 2014
Regulatory Studies Fellowship
The George Washington University Regulatory Studies Fellowship offers a unique, cross-cutting perspective on how federal regulations are developed. Experience in the Office of Management and Budget is invaluable for anyone interested in working in or with the federal government, and the Office of Information & Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) within OMB is the key policy coordination office for federal regulatory, statistical and information policy.
GW Regulatory Studies Fellows work under the guidance of OIRA policy analysts to coordinate interagency review of selected federal regulations under Executive Order 12866. Fellows analyze regulatory impacts (benefits, costs and qualitative effects) of selected regulations and collections of information, and coordinate with other federal agencies to ensure the regulations are consistent with statutory intent, administration policy and regulatory principles.
- Application Process
Applications will be reviewed as they are received in advance of each academic term.
Successful applicants will:
- Be enrolled in the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy & Public Administration
- Have completed PPPA 6014: Economics in Policy Analysis or equivalent coursework in applied intermediate microeconomics (Completion of PPPA 6015: Benefit-Cost Analysis and/or PPPA 6056: Regulatory Comment Clinic is desirable, but not required.)
- Due to OMB rules, applicants must also be U.S. citizens.
- Application Materials
- Resume, including relevant coursework
- Cover letter describing your interest in the fellowship
- Name and contact information for two references (at least one should be a Trachtenberg School faculty member)
Please email application materials to [email protected].
- Award Amount and Requirements
- Fall and Spring Fellowship recipients will receive $4,500 in three installments and are expected to complete 20 hours per week for 13 weeks during the academic term.
- Summer Fellowship recipients will receive $6,750 in three installments and are expected to complete 35 hours per week for 12 weeks during the summer term.
- Donate to the Fellowship Fund
Interested in supporting this unique program for GW graduate students? You may make an online directed tax-deductible donation to the GW Regulatory Studies Fellowship fund. One hundred percent of your donation goes to providing the student stipends, not administration or overhead.
John Bertino was the Regulatory Studies Fellow in the Fall of 2019. John interned with the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), and is currently a Senior Analyst at LMI.
Lindsay was a Regulatory Studies Fellow at OIRA in 2015, and was also a Graduate Assistant with the Regulatory Studies Center in 2014. Lindsay is now with the Regulatory Policy and Government Affairs division at Apple.
Joe was a Regulatory Studies Fellow at OIRA in 2014, and is now a Senior Policy Analyst at OIRA.
Ana Maria was a Regulatory Studies Fellow with the Doing Business unit at the World Bank. Ana Maria was also a Graduate Assistant at the Regulatory Studies Center and is currently a Technical Advisor of the Strategic Development Program for Institutions at the Inter-American Development Bank.
Tanner was a Regulatory Studies Fellow in 2012 at OIRA, and he is now Director of Federal Government Affairs at Citi.
Michael was a Regulatory Studies Fellow in 2015 at OIRA, and was also a Graduate Assistant with the Regulatory Studies Center. Michael is now a Policy Analyst at OIRA.
"Professor Steven Balla's regulation elective class was my favorite, because I feel like I use the knowledge from that class the most in my everyday life."
BA '21, Political Science, with Honors
Students' Class Highlights
Professor Susan Dudley is a former administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, a role commonly referred to as the “Regulatory Czar” in popular media. GW students interested in learning from a leading expert in regulatory policy, with regular guest speakers from congressional offices, executive agencies and other important institutions, are encouraged to enroll in PPPA 6056: Regulatory Comment Clinic.
Other courses comprising the Regulatory Policy field of the Trachtenberg School are available on the school's website.
The Regulatory Studies Center supports a number of professors currently teaching courses at GW with students who are leading candidates to be employed at government agencies and other public service offices. Here are just a few excellent courses GW students can take from our faculty members:
Regulatory Comment Clinic
Susan Dudley leads this course which teaches students how to effectively analyze and submit comments on rulemaking activity.
Joseph Cordes instructs students on how to conduct and review benefit-cost analysis of regulations.
Economics of Public Decision-Making
Christopher Carrigan develops students critical thinking and analytical skills to be better potential managers of public institutions.
Executive Branch Politics
Steven Balla helps students understand the structure and operation of government bureaucracy.
In addition to the Regulatory Studies Fellowship and the courses taught by Center scholars, we also offer graduate assistant opportunities for students to work with our staff. These opportunities give students first-hand experience with the rulemaking process, develops their analytical capabilities, and helps build on the professional development skills they are learning at GW. Many of our graduate assistants have gone on to work for the Center full-time, or have landed great employment opportunities connected to the work that they did at the Regulatory Studies Center. Here's just a few of the great students that have been or are currently graduate assistants, and please feel free to contact the Center if you would like to learn more.
Current Graduate Assistants
Layvon is a PhD Candidate in the GW Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Administration, and a Research Assistant with the GW Regulatory Studies Center.
Dylan is a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science student at GW, and a Research Assistant at the GW Regulatory Studies Center.
Sakshi is a Master of Public Policy candidate at GW, and a Communications Assistant with the GW Regulatory Studies Center.
What are they doing now?
Sofie Miller was the Center's first graduate assistant, and after growing her role into a senior policy analyst at the Center she has gone on to work for two federal agencies.
Zoey is currently a senior policy analyst at the Center and the skills she developed as a graduate assistant have helped her publish research in academic journals.
Aryamala was a graduate assistant with the Center from 2015-2019. She recently published an article on public participation in the rulemaking process in an academic journal, and completed her Ph.D. in the Trachtenberg School.