Please read these directions carefully. If you have other questions, check our FAQs page before contacting Hertog staff. You will be asked to fill out an online application form consisting of basic information and to upload PDF or Word files of the below required documents.

Submitting Your Application Form

A key part of your application is a form that captures information about you and your educational/professional background. You can save and return to this form as many times as you need to prior to the deadline.

In order to return to your application, you must click SAVE & RETURN. You will then be emailed a link that will remain effective for 30 days; use this link to resume your application. If you save & return, you may be asked to upload your documents again. After you have completed your application and uploaded all the necessary documents, you must click SUBMIT.

All applications that are fully submitted receive an email notification confirming the submission.

To ensure efficient notification, please make sure that emails from or are not being caught in your SPAM filter.

Uploading Required Documents

To complete your application, all applicants will need to submit the following documents (PDF preferred, .doc also accepted):

  • CV or Résumé
  • A Statement of Interest
  • A Professional Headshot (.jpg preferred)
  • An Academic Writing Sample (10 pages maximum, double-spaced. Please send academic writing that best showcases your ability to invent and sustain a persuasive argument, no matter the subject-matter).
  • Unofficial Academic Transcript from all colleges or universities that you have attended

Please name these files using your last name and the type of document (e.g., Kennan_resume.pdf or Kennan_headshot.jpg).

Submitting References or Letters

Applicants are asked to submit letter(s) of recommendation OR an academic/professional reference. Which do you need? See the table below to find out what supporting materials you need:


Letter of Recommendation

Reference Only

All War Studies Applicants – Two letters required.

All Humanities at Hertog Applicants

Applicants to Political Studies or Summer courses without a nomination.

Nominated applicants to Political Studies and Summer Courses.

Sponsored or Expedited applicants to Political Studies or Summer Courses.


References will not be asked to submit a letter of recommendation, but they may be contacted, at the discretion of Hertog Foundation staff, to provide further information about the applicant.