About the Program
The Center's Presidential Fellows program gives undergraduate students the opportunity to study the US political system, conduct rigorous academic research, explore public service leadership, and travel to Washington, DC to learn about the policy-making process from experts and practitioners. This non-resident program takes place over the course of an academic year.
In the fall and winter, Presidential Fellows work with identified mentors (often mid-career alumni of the program) to develop a substantial (10-15 page) research project based on a topic of their choice. This topic should be linked in some core element to public policy developments and the roles played by the Executive and Legislative branches of the US government. Individual research is supplemented by monthly virtual sessions, beginning in September each year, that allow Fellows to network with peers from the US and around the world and meet with high-level government officials.
All Fellows travel to Washington, DC in the spring for a policy conference focused on exploring key issues with expert speakers. Fellows' research papers are also eligible for publication and a $1000 prize. The 2024 dates for the conference are March 16-20.