Presidential Fellows Program

The Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress is a nonprofit organization dedicated to studying the issues that affect the modern American presidency. The center seeks fellows who are committed to public service.

Fellows work in Washington, DC and are required to research, write, and present an original paper pertaining to the presidency that will be published by the Center. Fellows enjoy a year-long opportunity to study all aspects of the American presidency and public-policy making process. They attend fall and spring leadership conferences sponsored by the Center, and also undertake individual research projects, resulting in a 15 page original paper on an aspect of the American presidency. Please email for more information.


  • strong academic credentials
  • a demonstrated interest in the institution of the presidency (demonstrated by course work; study and scholarship, or internships or other activities focused on the Presidency)
  • a demonstrated interest in public policy and public service.

This fellowship is open to all undergraduate and graduate students who are not in the final year of their program (for e.g. seniors may not apply). All academic majors are eligible; however, students studying abroad in either the fall or the spring should not apply since participation in both conferences is non-negotiable. You should also note that writing the 15 page original paper in your spring semester will require a significant commitment of time, and should leave room in your schedule to allow for this.

Application Process

Interested students should submit applications to Applications are due April 26, 2019 Application deadline EXTENDED to Friday May, 3rd, 2019 and should contain the following:

  • contact information: phone numbers, email address, summer mailing address
  • an up-to-date resume
  • an up-to-date transcript to be submitted in PDF form (either unofficial MyAccess transcript, or an official copy from the Registrar’s office)
  • a 500 word essay describing in specific terms the candidate’s interest in the presidency
  • a 500 word essay detailing significant aspects of the candidate’s public service and interest in issues of public policy.


The university will nominate up to 2 Fellows in May 2019.