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Applications Now Open for 2020-21 TFAS Public Policy Fellowship


2019 Fellows explored new ideas while discussing America’s founding principles during the weekend retreat in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

Washington, D.C. young professionals with two to ten years’ experience working in public policy are now eligible to apply for an exclusive opportunity that combines networking with policy leaders, dynamic scholarly debate and building lasting connections with peers.

Through the TFAS Public Policy Fellowship, young leaders examine the challenges and questions a free society must address in order to flourish – as well as the unique advantages it can enjoy – with curriculum on “The Experiment in Self-Government.”

If you’re interested in learning about the experiment in self-government, American history and excellent leadership, and if you want to discuss those topics with bright young professionals, this Fellowship is for you. – Elise Amez-Droz, PPF ’19
Program Manager, Mercatus Center

Alongside approximately 20 young leaders, Fellows will meet from Sept. 2020 to May 2021 for monthly dinner discussions and participate in two weekend academic retreats. The Fellowship is designed to develop civic bonds, while giving policy-influencers a grounding in the American Founding and classical liberalism.

Fellows celebrate the completion of the 2018-19 TFAS Public Policy Fellowship Program at TFAS Headquarters.

The fall conference examines the Lincoln-Douglas debates and takes place in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. The spring symposium is held in Charlottesville and focuses on “American National Character.”

Past retreat speakers and discussion leaders include Dr. Colleen Sheehan, the Visiting Scholar in Conservative Thought and Policy at University of Colorado Boulder; Dr. Allen Guelzo, Senior Research Scholar in the Council of the Humanities and director of the James Madison Program’s Initiative in Politics and Statesmanship at Princeton University; Dr. James Ceaser, professor of politics at the University of Virginia; and Dr. Carson Holloway, political science professor at the University of Nebraska Omaha.

Monthly discussion topics include “A Virtuous Citizenry,” “Constitutionalism,” “Security and Foreign Policy,” “Freedom of Speech” and “Freedom of Religion” and are led by scholars, journalists, professors and professionals from top D.C. organizations including The Heritage Foundation, Hillsdale College, Georgetown University and more.

Mike Torounian, PPF ’19, an associate at The CONSILIO Group, says he is proud to be a part of the 2019-20 fellowship and that the program has been one of the best opportunities he could take part in as a young professional.

“Unlike most programs, the TFAS Public Policy Fellowship offers a unique opportunity to network with people throughout the fields of government and public policy, while engaging in a thought-provoking dialogue on political philosophy and current events,” he said.

Upon completion of the program, Fellows join the 42,000-strong TFAS Alumni Network and enjoy networking, social, continuing education and cultural opportunities. The application deadline is June 1. Learn more and apply at TFAS.org/PPF.

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