This program is not simply about learning from great works. It’s about the people you meet, the connections you make, and the friendships that will last a lifetime.

Offering exceptional students a unique learning experience focused on the serious study of politics.

Hudson Institute Political Studies offers top undergraduates a Summer Fellowship in political theory and practice that broadens and deepens understanding of public policy and American political principles. The Fellowship combines rigorous study of politics and political thought through week-long seminars led by master teachers, policy workshops featuring think tank experts and experienced government officials, and a distinguished speaker series of exemplary figures from public life. The 2022 Summer Fellowship features seminars that examine Plato's Republic, Machiavelli's The Prince, and Alexis de Tocqueville's Democracy in America along with selections from the Bible, Federalist Papers, Lincoln-Douglas Debates, and current scholarship on the opioid epidemic, technology regulation, American foreign policy in the Middle East and in the Asia Pacific.

Hudson Institute Political Studies is hosted in Washington, DC, and lasts for six weeks. Students participate free of charge, are given complimentary accommodations, and receive a $3,000 stipend.

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Summer Fellowship


Political Foundingswith Robert C. Bartlett, Mark Blitz and Timothy W. Burns

June 20 - June 24, 2022 at Washington D.C.

Political philosophy is, fundamentally, a discussion about the best regime. Therefore we begin with an investigation into political foundings. We read two dramatically different texts —one that takes as its bearing man’s inclination to act malevolently, and another that attempts to found a city in a quest to understand justice. Reading The Prince, we inquire into Machiavelli’s innovations, and ask if his political science looks similar to our own. We also begin Plato’s Republic, which we will read throughout the program, to see what is needed to form a just city.


Offering exceptional students a unique learning experience focused on the serious study of politics.