Application Status: Closed

Applications are now closed for 2020. The selection committee is reviewing applications and identifying finalists on a rolling basis. All applicants will receive a notification email by early April.


  • Winter 2020 seminars & Summer Early Decision – Tuesday, January 14, 2020

  • Summer 2020 fellowships & courses – Tuesday, February 11, 2020

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.

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

  • CV or résumé

  • Unofficial academic transcript from all colleges or universities that you have attended (required only for undergraduates and recent graduates).

  • A statement of purpose: Describe the political questions you find most interesting, your future ambitions, and how these relate to your preferred program(s). (1,000 words or less)

  • A writing sample (20 pages maximum, double-spaced)

  • A headshot (.jpg preferred)

You will submit the name(s) and contact information for recommender(s) who will be submitting letters on your behalf. Weekend Seminar, Political Studies, and Summer Course applicants must submit a minimum of ONE academic letter of recommendation. War Studies applicants should submit TWO letters. Your letter(s) should be from someone familiar with your educational accomplishments (i.e., professor, academic advisor, etc.) or your public service activities or interests (i.e., ROTC cadre, work supervisor).

Letters can be submitted in one of three ways:

  • You can upload your letter(s) with the application form

  • Your recommender will be contacted upon the completion of your application using the contact information you provide

  • You can provide the following link to your recommender where he/she can submit the letter directly:

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