The Hertog Foundation currently offers the following fellowships:

Weekend Seminars — intensive seminars on politics and public policy for college undergraduates, graduate students, and young professionals. Apply now

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

Summer Courses — fully funded, short-term 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). 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 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 dormitory accommodations. Email 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.

We welcome nominations for all our programs. In addition, interested applicants may apply directly, without a nomination, but must have a letter of recommendation. 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 must submit a minimum of ONE academic letter of recommendation. War Studies applicants should submit TWO letters.

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:

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 or mail (Hertog Foundation, 1875 Connecticut Ave, NW, Suite 500, Washington, DC 20009).

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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 administration and staff of the Hertog Foundation review all applications and make final selections. There will be phone interviews with all finalists before the final decisions are made. Evaluations are based on each applicant’s nomination or recommendation, personal statement, academic record, résumé, and other application materials. Candidate selection is highly competitive.

Our deadlines are as follows:

  • Winter 2020 Weekend Seminars: Tuesday, January 14, 2020
  • Summer 2020 programs: Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Political Studies/Summer Courses applicants who apply by our early decision deadline, Tuesday, January 14, 2020, can be accepted by Monday, March 2, 2020.

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
  • 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
  • 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.

Our 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 a books, materials, and lectures. Our summer programs include dormitory 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 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 prenominated, then you need to submit only the application form, an updated CV/résumé, and an updated transcript. Please note: being prenominated is not the same as being nominated by your professor, etc.

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.

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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