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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.

Meet the 2019-20 TFAS Public Policy Fellows

The curriculum for the 2019-20 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 2019 to May 2020 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.

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.

The TFAS Public Policy Fellowship has brought me into the circle of the most important intellectuals of today and established friendships – not merely a professional network – with other thoughtful, bright, ambitious young people in Washington.” – Dylan Brandt, 2018-19 Public Policy Fellow


The TFAS Public Policy Fellowship combines networking, professional development and academic discussions. The 2019-20 curriculum will include:

  • 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.


Applications for the 2019-20 TFAS Public Policy Fellowship are currently closed and will open for the 2020-21 program in early summer 2020. Please contact Brenda Hafera, TFAS director of international and continuing education programs, at with any questions.

To apply to the program, please complete this form by Sunday, June 2 at midnight. Please contact Brenda Hafera, TFAS director of international and continuing education programs, at with any questions.
(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.

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’ 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.

Fall Retreat
Oct. 11-13
Location: Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

Welcome Reception
Sept. 10, 2019
6-8 p.m.

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

Nov. 12, 2019
Dec. 10, 2019
Jan. 14, 2020
March 10, 2020
April 14, 2020
May 12, 2020

Spring Retreat
Feb. 8, 2020


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