For more than forty years, Presidential Fellows have been coming to Washington, DC, to learn about leadership and governance, to share their outstanding research and scholarship, and to develop as future leaders of character. This unique non-resident program offers up to seventy-five top undergraduate and graduate students from leading colleges and universities across the country a year-long opportunity to study the U.S. Presidency, the public policymaking process, and our Chief Executive’s relations with Congress, allies, the media, and the American public. The program is run by the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization. Our goal is to develop a new generation of national leaders committed to public service.
The Presidential Fellows are selected by their colleges and universities with guidance from the Center. Fellows travel to Washington, DC, twice a year to attend three-day conferences. At these policy workshops, Fellows discuss national issues with scholars of American government and international affairs, senior government officials, and leaders from the fields of business, media, public policy, and the military. Recent speakers have included Ben Bernanke, Laura Bush, Vint Cerf, Tom Ridge, and George Stephanopoulos, who is an alumnus of the Fellows Program. The centerpiece of the Fellowship is the student’s original research paper on the Presidency or Congress. Each student identifies a faculty advisor on his or her home campus and is appointed a mentor from a relevant field by the Center. Students make presentations at each conference, are eligible to receive two awards, and compete for publication in our annual anthology, A Dialogue on Presidential Challenges and Leadership.
Fellows can come from any major or specialization, but they all have strong academic credentials, a demonstrated interest in the institutions of the Presidency and Congress, and a desire to make public service a part of their careers. Typically, Fellows are seniors in an undergraduate program, but advanced underclassmen or graduate students can also participate in the program. Alumni of the Fellows program are Capitol Hill and White House staffers, award-winning journalists, CEOs of corporations and non-profit organizations, senior military leaders, and university presidents and deans. Many of our Fellows have been awarded the prestigious Rhodes, Marshall, Fulbright, Truman, and Gates Scholarships.
Center Presidential Fellowships are funded by dedicated individuals, colleges and universities, foundations, and corporations.
For more information about the Presidential Fellows, please contact Andy Steele, Director of the Fellows Program, at (202) 872-9800 or firstname.lastname@example.org.