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Public Policy Fellowship


The TFAS Public Policy Fellowship is a year-long networking and education program designed to develop young leaders with a shared commitment to improving public policy.

Deadline Extended: Monday, June 18 at midnight

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The curriculum for the 2018-19 TFAS Public Policy Fellowship will focus on “The Experiment in Self-Government,” examining those challenges and questions a free society must address in order to flourish as well as the unique advantages it can enjoy. The program runs from September 2018 to May 2019 and includes monthly evening sessions and two weekend retreats. Potential discussion topics include: A Virtuous Citizenry, Constitutionalism, Security and Foreign Policy, Deliberation and Communication, and Freedom of Religion/the Theological-Political Question.

2017-18 Public Policy Fellow Emily Adamec meets with Fellowship alumni Jory Heckman and Samantha Summers at the 2017 Welcome Reception.

The goal of the Fellowship is to provide events that allow young professionals to foster strong connections with peers working in public policy while building an understanding of the principles of government through deliberation and debate. Fellows will participate in academic discussion sessions led by TFAS faculty and network with key public policy leaders, academics and journalists.

We have different political beliefs and backgrounds but we can all sit in a room together, discuss ideas, learn from each other and become friends.” – Zach Barnes, 2017-18 Public Policy Fellow

The TFAS Public Policy Fellowship combines networking, professional development and academic discussions. The 2018-19 curriculum includes:

    • Monthly discussions in Washington, D.C. with public policy experts, academics and political leaders on topics fundamental to republican government.
    • A fall weekend retreat in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania to explore the principles espoused in the Lincoln-Douglas debates and how those ideas are still relevant for modern discourse and policy.
    • A spring Saturday retreat in Washington, D.C. to discuss how prosperity enables the enterprising spirit, which is central to the American character.


(l.-r.) 2016-17 TFAS Public Policy Fellows Chimene Okere, Krishana Davis and LeeAnna Matarazzo debate during their weekend fall retreat at TFAS Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

To apply to the program, please complete this form by Monday, June 18 at midnight. Please contact Brenda Hafera, TFAS coordinator of alumni programs and continuing education, at with any questions.

All applicants must:

  • Work in the field of public policy
  • Be professionals committed to the principles of limited government
  • Live and work in the Washington, D.C. area
  • Commit to attending the monthly evening sessions (Tuesdays 6:30–8:30 p.m.) as well as the weekend fall and spring retreats

The Fellowship is designed for those with two to ten years of professional experience, but all applicants with a strong resume will be considered. Graduate students may apply, but preference will be given to those currently working in the field of public policy.

2017-18 Public Policy Fellow Dylan Reed connects with Fellowship alumni Priyanka Surio and Johnathan McGee at the 2017 Welcome Reception.


Orientation and Welcome Reception
Wednesday, Sept. 12

Fall Retreat
Oct. 12–14
Location: Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

Monthly Speaker Events
Tuesdays, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Nov. 13, 2018
Dec. 11, 2018
Jan. 8, 2019
March 12, 2019
April 9 ,2019
May 14, 2019

Spring Retreat
Feb. 2, 2019

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