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 the rigorous study of political thought and action through week-long seminars led by master teachers, policy workshops directed by experts in the field and experienced government officials, and a distinguished speaker series of exemplary figures from public life. The 2023 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, and the Lincoln-Douglas Debates. The Fellowship also includes seminars and workshops regarding current scholarship on criminal justice reform, technology regulation and bioethics, and American foreign policy in the Middle East and Asia-Pacific.

Hudson Institute Political Studies is hosted in Washington, DC, and lasts for six weeks. Students participate free of charge, stay in 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 19-June 23, 2023 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.