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The GDDI Fellows

Georgetown University and the Debate Institutes at Dartmouth are excited to partner again for 2024.

The Georgetown-Dartmouth Debate Institute (GDDI) Fellows program will occur in two phases:


First, three weeks hosted by Georgetown: a phase of intensive, personalized skills development. Students will use a starting evidence set designed to facilitate advanced speeches and debates on a near-daily basis, interspersed with lab instruction and exposure to guest experts from D.C.’s incomparable field of public-policy professionals. In addition to fostering extensive personal improvement, this phase will instill a first-hand understanding of what constitutes good research and good strategy, why they matter, and how to deploy them effectively.


Second, four weeks hosted by Dartmouth: this phase adopts a “team” model with a rigorous research curriculum. Each lab produces a distinct evidence set, and progressively iterates and innovates against the other labs’ arguments, culminating in a full-length tournament at the end of the summer. Students will, with extensive guidance and feedback from lab leaders and dedicated research staff, produce all evidence used during this stage. This model will teach students not only how to debate and research at an advanced level, but how to establish, contribute to, and lead a sustainable and successful squad, regardless of size.

This program also offers the opportunity to experience two elite college campuses, and all the resources they have to offer. Students will love both the nation’s bustling capital and the beautiful seclusion of New Hampshire in the summer, and the contrast between the two!

Dates: 6/16/24 - 8/3/24

Tuition: $9,999 (Need-based financial assistance available)

Click here to visit the Georgetown Debate Seminar website. 

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