The Hertog Foundation is offering the Political Studies fellowship for students and professionals. This highly competitive fellowship is designed to reflect the broad curriculum of the Hertog Foundation 2020.

If you could study with some of the world’s top thinkers on some of the world’s most important topics – war and grand strategy, economic policy, or political thought and philosophy – which would you choose? Each year, the Hertog Foundation brings together top college students to the nation’s capital to explore the theory and practice of politics in an intensive seminar setting with outstanding faculty.

This summer’s offerings provide students the flexibility to create their ideal summer experience – by applying for a seven-week summer fellowship or choosing among one to two-week seminars to create their own individualized course of study.

Worth of Award

7 weeks / $2,000 stipend + housing


A typical competitive applicant will have:

  • An undergraduate GPA > 3.5
  • Strong letter(s) of recommendation from a professor or another individual who is in a position to comment on the applicant’s academic or professional qualifications
  • A statement of purpose that tells us how the applicant’s interests and ambitions relate to the preferred program. The statement of purpose is very important and deserves careful attention.
  • An academic writing sample that demonstrates the applicant’s powers of analysis and independent thought, and not only their ability to do scholarly research or comment on a text.
  • Any college or university undergraduate, or very recent graduate (2019 or 2020) not already pursuing an advanced degree, may apply.
  • Admission is extremely competitive, and every year we decline admission to many highly qualified applicants simply due to lack of space.

How to Apply

The application is online through their website. you will need to have the following documents handy.

  • A CV or résumé
  • Personal Statement: Describe your background, your intellectual interests, and your future ambitions as they relate to the program (1,000 words or less)
  • A college transcript: (unofficial)
  • Academic Recommendation: Minimum of one academic letter of recommendation that specifically speaks to your background and interests as they relate to the program
  • An academic writing sample: (20 pages maximum)


Deadline: Applications close on February

Click here for more details and to apply

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