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 once per week during the fellowship

Policy workshops are led by think tank experts and experienced government officials who provide academic and practical explanations of their topics, before leading students in a collaborative policy simulation. Students prepare for the discussion and the following simulation by reading assigned, topical material in advance of the meeting. These interactive workshops allow students to actively engage in the policy making process, and wrestle with the policy problems of our day. Students complete 1-2 policy workshops per week. Each policy workshop is different, and the topics range from foreign policy and military decision making, to bioethics legislation and criminal justice reform. Below, you will find example workshops from the 2022 Summer Fellowship.

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Criminal Justice Reform

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Man in the Age of Technology

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Crisis in the Taiwan Strait

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The Supreme Court in our Federal Republic