Joseph Rago Memorial Fellowship

TFAS is proud to announce the Joseph Rago Memorial Fellowship for Excellence in Journalism. Named in honor of Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial writer Joseph Rago, the annual fellowship will allow one aspiring journalist to serve with The Wall Street Journal’s editorial team in a year-long internship position.
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Teaching Freedom Since 1967


The Fund for American Studies (TFAS) is an educational nonprofit that is changing the world by developing leaders for a free society. Our transformational programs teach the principles of limited government, free-market economics and honorable leadership to students and young professionals in America and around the world.

Since 1967, nearly 17,000 students, representing 144 countries, have attended a TFAS summer- or semester-length program. In addition to our core institutes, TFAS reached more than 10,000 young people in 2017 through educational videos, fellowships and seminars. TFAS programs inspire these future leaders to make a difference in their communities and throughout the world by upholding the values essential to the preservation and success of a free society.

50th Anniversary Gala

Nearly 800 TFAS alumni and friends toasted, dined, danced and commemorated 50 years of TFAS programs during a black-tie gala at the National Building Museum on Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017.


TFAS Events


San Diego Alumni Happy Hour

The Fund for American Studies invites TFAS alumni, supporters and friends to a happy hour in sunny San Diego, California on Thursday, Feb. 15. Join TFAS Director of Special Events Jane Mack for drinks at Fireside by the Patio, as you reunite with old TFAS friends and…

“Just Right: A Life is Pursuit of Liberty” with Dr. Lee Edwards

TFAS Regent Emeritus Dr. Lee Edwards is a leading historian of American conservatism. He was present for nearly every major event of the modern conservative movement and worked with President Ronald Reagan, Barry Goldwater and William F. Buckley, Jr.  As the Daily…

Give the Gift of TFAS

Each year, hundreds of accepted applicants miss out on a TFAS education due to insufficient scholarship funding. Help us ensure that financial need does not stand in the way of teaching the principles of limited government, free-market economics and honorable leadership.


The Latest at TFAS


TFAS Announces Joseph Rago Memorial Fellowship for Excellence in Journalism

The Fund for American Studies is proud to announce the creation of the Joseph Rago Memorial Fellowship for Excellence in Journalism. The fellowship is named in honor of Joseph Rago, a Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial writer for The Wall Street Journal who died…

More Than 700 Alumni Celebrate 50 Years of TFAS Around The Globe

From Bratislava to Budapest, New Orleans to Nashville, and Latvia to Los Angeles, over 700 TFAS alumni gathered for more than 30 “Celebrating 50 Years of TFAS” birthday party events in all corners of the world during our 50th Anniversary year. View the…

TFAS Mourns the Loss of General Edward L. Rowny, Patriot and Friend to TFAS

The Fund for American Studies (TFAS) mourns the passing, at age 100, of Lieutenant General Edward L. Rowny, a true American hero and great patriot. Gen. Rowny, a native of Baltimore, was of Polish ethnic heritage. He joined with TFAS to launch the Paderewski…

Newest TFAS Alumni Express Gratitude and Excitement for Future at Closing Ceremony

Following 15 fast-paced weeks in the nation’s capital, 21 young leaders joined the nearly 17,000-strong TFAS Alumni Network with a Closing Ceremony on Dec. 7. During the transformational semester, the students took upper-level courses in economics,…