We are monitoring communication from the CDC, NIH, and in coordination with our residential and classroom partners. Above all, the health and safety of fellows, faculty, and staff are our highest priority. We currently anticipate that the Political Studies and War Studies Programs will take place as scheduled, and are planning with public health protocols in mind. Learn more about our plans for an in-person program and required public health measures. Depending on your personal circumstances, an in-person program might not be appropriate; consider our online Summer Courses instead.

As this is a developing situation, we are continually monitoring the situation and looking to create alternative arrangements for your summer experience as a Hertog Fellow if necessary.

The Hertog Foundation currently offers the following fellowships:

Political Studies — a five-week, full-scholarship summer program in Washington, DC on politics and public policy for college undergraduates and recent graduates. Apply now

Summer Courses — funded online summer seminars in Washington, DC on a variety of topics for college undergraduates and recent graduates. Apply now

War Studies — a fully funded, two-week summer seminar in Washington, DC on warfare and military doctrine for advanced undergraduates, offered in conjunction with the Institute for the Study of War.  Apply now

You can apply by filling out a form which you can access at our application pageOn this form you will select your desired programs(s), provide your contact information and educational background, and upload the stipulated documents (e.g., CV/résumé, transcript, statement of purpose). For War Studies, you will also have to provide the contact information and/or a letter from a recommender.  Read the application instructions carefully to see what documents are required for your desired program(s).

Yes. Provided you satisfy a specific fellowship’s eligibility criteria, you may apply to multiple fellowships. However, should you be admitted to fellowships with overlapping schedules, you will be permitted to accept only one offer. Only one application is necessary to apply to any of our programs.

No, participation in Political Studies, Summer Courses, and War Studies is restricted to college undergraduates and recent graduates. However, graduate students may apply to work with the Political Studies Program as a teaching assistant. TAs sit in on program lectures, participate in all events, and receive a stipend as well as residential accommodations. Email info@hertogfoundation.org to learn more.

Applicants are not required to be U.S. citizens, nor are they required to have studied in the U.S. International applicants should be highly proficient in the English language, and all application materials, including essays and academic writing samples, must be submitted in English. Please note that we cannot help with visa applications.

We welcome nominations for all our programs. In addition, interested applicants may apply directly, without a nomination. Nominations can be submitted via our website using the online form.

If your desired program(s) requires a letter of recommendation, you must submit one with your application, even if you have been nominated. Your nominator may write your letter of recommendation.

Political Studies/Summer Course applicants have the option, but are not required to submit a letter of recommendation. War Studies applicants should submit ONE letter, and two letters are highly encouraged.

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: https://hertogfoundation.formstack.com/forms/2021lettersofrec 

It is your responsibility to remain in contact with the individual(s) you ask for letter(s) of recommendation and ensure they submit those letters by the deadline.

Transcripts can be submitted with the application form OR via email at info@hertogfoundation.org or mail (Hertog Foundation, 1875 Connecticut Ave, NW, Suite 500, Washington, DC 20009).

Having trouble? Email us at info@hertogfoundation.org.

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. Learn more about our Faculty.

The Hertog Foundation reviews all applications and makes final selections. There will be phone interviews with all finalists before final decisions are made. Evaluations are based on each applicant’s personal statement, academic record, résumé, and other application materials. Candidate selection is highly competitive.

Our deadlines are as follows:

  • Summer 2021 Political Studies & Summer Courses: Monday, March 15, 2021
  • Summer 2021 War Studies Program: Tuesday, February 15, 2021

Political Studies/Summer Courses applicants who apply by our early decision deadline, Friday, February 19, can be accepted by Monday, March 15, 2021.

Admission is extremely competitive, and every year we decline admission to many highly qualified applicants simply due to lack of space. A typical competitive applicant will have:

  • An undergraduate GPA > 3.5
  • A statement of purpose which tells us why the applicant is interested in pursuing study with the Hertog Foundation and how it fits into their aspirations and plans for the future. The statement of purpose is very important, and deserves careful attention.
  • An academic writing sample that demonstrates the applicant’s powers of analysis and independent thought, and not only their ability to do scholarly research or comment on a text.
  • Strong letter(s) of recommendation from a professor or another individual who is in a position to comment on the applicant’s academic or professional qualifications.

Our residential programs are full-time endeavors. Participants are expected to attend and participate in all scheduled lectures, discussions, and program events. Participants are also expected to complete the assigned reading prior to each class.

Our programs are provided at no charge to participants. The Hertog Foundation provides books, materials, and lectures. Our summer programs include residential accommodations and a stipend to offset travel and living expenses. We ask only for your time and thoughtful participation.

Applicants submitting a completed application will receive a confirmation email. If you did not receive a notification after submitting your completed application, please contact us at fellowships@hertogfoundation.org because we may not have received it.

Yes, we encourage our former applicants to re-apply. Our programs are highly competitive, and we tend to select upperclassmen for our summer college fellowships.

All applicants need to submit a new application to be considered for a Hertog fellowship, even if they have applied previously.

If a member of the Hertog staff told you that you were sponsored, then you need to submit only the application form, an updated CV/résumé, and an updated transcript. Please note: Being sponsored is not the same as being nominated by your professor.

If a member of the Hertog staff told you that you are able to submit an expedited application, or if you are a Hertog alum, then you need to submit only the application form, an updated CV/résumé, an updated transcript, and a statement of purpose. Please note than an invitation to apply to our programs is not the same as an invitation to submit an expedited application.

The Hertog Foundation cannot offer college credit to our participants. Most colleges and universities make decisions about recognizing course credit for off-campus academic work, such as our summer programs, on a case-by-case basis. Students interested in the possibility of receiving course credit should consult with appropriate officials at their home institutions.

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