The Hertog Political Studies Program is not currently accepting applications.
The 2013 Summer Fellowship application period has ended.
Program applications and other requested forms are available here.
frequently asked questions
The Hertog Political Studies Program aims to educate and prepare a new generation of intellectual and political leaders by bringing a select group of students together with some of the nation's great scholars and political leaders.
Any college or university undergraduate, or very recent graduate, may apply to the HPSP Summer Fellowship.
Any recent college or university graduate may apply to the HPSP Young Professionals Program.
We weclome nominations for the HPSP Summer Fellowship. Any college or university faculty member may nominate a student, as may alumni of the program. In addition, interested students may apply directly, without a nomination.
For all programs, the administration and staff of the Hertog Program will review all applications and make final selections. Evaluations will be based on each student's faculty nomination or recommendation, personal statement, résumé, and required writing sample.
Approximately 45 students will be chosen for the HPSP Summer Fellowship.
Approximately 18 students will participate in each seminar of the HPSP Young Professionals Program.
The HPSP Summer Fellowship has three parts. First, the careful study, with master teachers, of seminal texts of political and social thought such as Exodus, Aristotle's Politics, Plato's Republic, Machiavelli's The Prince, Tocqueville’s Democracy in America, and The Federalist Papers. Approximately fivetexts or five groups of texts will be covered. Second, the program will devote a week to the serious analysis of major public policy questions, guided by outstanding policy analysts. And third, a series of conversations with distinguished speakers, who address present-day politics and public policy.
The HPSP Young Professionals Program offers five-part seminars that meet once weekly for three hours. Led by an expert scholar, students examine a topic in public policy or political theory. Attention is paid to theoretical roots in policy seminars and to policy implications in theoretical seminars.
Our faculty and speakers fully reflect the unusual scope and depth of our coursework and activities. Each is an accomplished, leading figure in academia, politics, journalism, or business, and together they represent a wide variety of ideological, political, and social views. (A list of confirmed speakers is available here.)
HPSP students are expected to attend and participate in all scheduled sessions and events. Students are also expected to complete all assigned readings and essays.
For the HPSP Summer Fellowship, after arriving in Washington, students accepted into the Hertog Program attend its sessions and activities--and are provided dormitory accommodations--free of charge. Certain common meals and activities are also provided by the program. Each student will receive a stipend of $3,000 to cover ancillary expenses (or to help offset travel costs where applicable).
For the HPSP Young Professionals Program, all sessions are free of charge, with all materials provided. Sessions include a light meal.
All program costs are supported through generous donations from the Hertog Foundation.
The Hertog Political Studies Program is an independent project not affiliated with any college or university, and thus does not grant course credit on its own. Most colleges and universities make decisions about recognizing course credit for off-campus academic work such as the HPSP Summer Fellowship on a case-by-case basis. Students interested in the possibility of receiving course credit for the Hertog Program should consult with appropriate officials at their home institutions.