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Hudson Institute Political Studies offers top undergraduates a fellowship in political theory and practice that will broaden and deepen their understanding of public policy and American political principles. Students participate free of charge, are given complimentary accommodations and receive a $3,000 stipend to offset travel and other ancillary expenses. The 2021 Summer Fellowship  will be held from June 14, 2021 to July 24, 2021.

The core of Hudson Institute Political Studies is a six-week summer program for undergraduates and recent graduates, based in Washington, DC.

This program includes four components:

Component 1: Rigorous seminars led by master teachers on week-long topics in political theory and public policy. These seminars form the core of the program. Following careful reading of classic texts in political thought and policy analyses on selected topics, students engage in serious discussions every weekday morning for three hours.  

Component 2: A series of policy workshops led by think tank experts and experienced government officials will be held once per week during the six weeks of the summer program. These will allow students to actively engage in the policy making process, wrestle with policy problems of our day, and gain an understanding of our policy process.

Component 3: A distinguished speaker series, which takes place three afternoons per week during the summer program. National leaders from government, business, journalism, the military, and the academy will discuss important topics of political philosophy and public policy with the student body. These discussions will give the students insights into the true nature of public service and the country’s most pressing issues

Component 4: A series of events, which take place either in the afternoon or during the weekend. Students travel to places of national and historical interest in order to see politics through other lenses including art, history, and military decision making. The events help students to understand political life as it has manifested itself outside of philosophy and policy.

Hudson Institute is a public policy research organization (or think tank) whose experts seek to promote American leadership, in concert with allies, for the advancement of our security, prosperity, and freedom. Hudson’s analysts work to lead debates about defense and diplomatic strategy, free speech and religious liberty, technological innovation, trade and energy policy, economic growth, and a range of other critical issues.

Support for Hudson Institute Political Studies is generously provided by the Sarah Scaife Foundation, Walter and Betsy Stern, the David Family Foundation, the Philip M. McKenna Foundation, the Iris Ramsey and Julianne O’Gara Memorial Fund, the Bradley Impact Fund, the Sutton Family Foundation, the Hudson Institute Political Studies Alumni Scholarship Fund, contributions in honor of Joseph J. Pagano, and by private donations.



John P. Walters

Hudson Institute

John P. Walters is president and chief executive officer of Hudson Institute. From 2009 through 2020, Mr. Walters served as chief operating officer of Hudson, in which role he oversaw Hudson’s research staff and operations. He was appointed president and CEO in January 2021. Mr. Walters also directs Hudson Institute Political Studies—an undergraduate summer fellowship … Read More

Assistant Director

Rachel Mackey

Hudson Institute Political Studies

Rachel Mackey is the Herman Kahn Fellow at Hudson Institute and a PhD candidate at Boston College. She specializes in political philosophy and American politics, and is writing her dissertation on the effect of institutionalism on political life. She has taught classes on political philosophy and American government, and received the 2016 Donald … Read More

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Hudson Institute Political Studies

1201 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Suite 400 Washington P: 202-974-2424 Email Hudson Institute Political Studies