Summer Fellowship

Hudson Institute Political Studies offers a fellowship in political theory and practice to outstanding undergraduates and recent graduates that will broaden and deepen their understanding of public policy and American political principles. It combines the rigorous study of politics and political thought in a seminar setting, with policy workshops led by think tank scholars and experienced government officials, and also a distinguished speaker series of exemplary figures from public life.

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Program Overview

This program includes four components:

Rigorous seminars led by master teachers on topics in political theory and public policy.

A series of policy workshops led by policy analysts and experienced government officials.

distinguished speaker series where national leaders from government, business, journalism, the military, and the academy provide unmatched insight into the true nature of public service and the country’s most pressing issues.

series of outings and events, where students travel to places of national and historical interest in order to view politics through other lenses.


Meeting weekday mornings from 9 am – 12 pm

These rigorous seminars led by master teachers on week-long topics in political theory and public policy 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.

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Political Foundings

June 17-21, 2024 at Washington D.C.

With Robert C. Bartlett, Mark Blitz, Timothy W. Burns, and Susan Collins

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The American Founding

June 24-June 28, 2024 at Washington D.C.

With Keegan Callanan, J. Michael Hoffpauir, James Stoner, and Dana Stauffer

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The Ideal Republic

July 1-July 5, 2024 at Washington D.C.

With Charles T. Rubin, Adam Thomas, Devin Stauffer, and Linda Rabieh

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The American Refounding

July 8-July 12, 2024 at Washington D.C.

With Fred Baumann, Murray Dry, Mike Hawley, and Diana Schaub

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Beyond Politics

July 22-July 26, 2024 at Washington D.C.

With Janet A. Dougherty, Frank N. Pagano, James Carey, and Rachel Mackey