Program Dates: August 11-16, 2024

The Hoover Institution's Summer Policy Boot Camp (HISPBC) is an intensive, four-day residential immersion program in the essentials of today's national and international United States policy. The program is intended to instruct college students and recent graduates on the economic, political, and social aspects of United States public policy. The goal is to teach students how to think critically about public policy formulation and its results.

Designed to foster fact-based critical thinking on the most important policy issues, students will have a unique chance to interact directly with the faculty of Stanford University's Hoover Institution, comprised of world-renowned scholars in economics, government, political science, and related fields. Session topics are selected because of their immediate relevance to today's and tomorrow's challenges. Participants will collaborate through class discussions and study groups that encourage diverse perspectives. Enrollment is limited, in order to facilitate maximum interaction with the faculty and other participants.

Applications are now closed for the 2024 Summer Policy Boot Camp program. To learn more about the program, application process, and timeline, please read below. 

Qualifications to Apply

Only those who meet one of the following requirements should move forward with this application:

  • Completed at least two years of a four-year undergraduate degree by summer 2024 (i.e., current sophomores, Juniors or seniors)
  • Completed at least two years of a three-year undergraduate degree by summer 2024 (some international applicants); or
  • Recent graduate from an undergraduate degree program (graduate students are eligible to apply).
Time Commitment

HISPBC requires a 100% time commitment for the duration of the four-day program, including active collaboration with study groups outside of class.

Academic Credit

Stanford University does not offer participants academic credit or grades for completing HISPBC.

Cost / Tuition

The boot camp is FREE to all accepted applicants. Program fees, food and lodging will be covered for participants accepted into the program. Travel expenses and other incidentals are not included. It is FREE to apply during Early Bird Registration - after that deadline, there is a nonrefundable $100 application fee to submit an application.

Deadline Dates

November 2023 • Applications open

January 18, 2024 • Early Bird Registration ($0 registration fee)

March 5, 2024 • Regular Registration & Letters of Recommendations Due ($100 nonrefundable application fee required - see payment instructions below)

Admissions Notify Date

April 10, 2024

Application Fee Payment Instructions

When your application is ready to be submitted, pay the $100 (non-refundable) fee on Stripe and upload your receipt within the application. Use the same email for both application and payment. Stripe is a Stanford-approved third-party e-commerce platform designed to securely accept credit card payments online. Click here to submit payment.

Certificate of Completion

Successful participants receive a certificate of completion endorsed by Hoover Institution's director and HISPBC's faculty directors. To successfully complete the program, participants must:

  • Attend all sessions
  • Complete assignments and projects
  • Collaborate with their fellow participants in class discussions

For any questions related to the program, please email

Hoover Institution Summer Policy Boot Camp | Director's Award

Capping off an intensive week-long study and discussion of the core principles and tools of public policy at the Hoover Institution Summer Policy Boot Camp, students are invited to apply their knowledge by researching and developing a policy proposal



All HISPBC sessions are taught by the fellows of the Hoover Institution. 


The HISPBC program offers deep engagement and understanding of new innovative policy ideas that increase our understanding of the modern world.


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