The Center for the Study of the Presidency - Presidential Fellows Program

The Center for the Study of the Presidency - Presidential Fellows Program is a unique non-resident program offers 75 select undergraduate and graduate students from leading colleges and universities, a year-long opportunity to study all aspects of the American Presidency and the public policy-making process.  The College may nominate one student to be a Fellow in 2012-2013.

The goal of the program is to develop a new generation of national leaders committed to public service.

Requirements of the Fellowship

•  Fellows attend two conferences in Washington, DC, during the course of the Fellowship year.  One conference will take place in the fall and one in the spring.  For 2012-2013, the tentative dates of these conferences are November 1 – 3, 2012 and March 21 – 23, 2013.  Students applying for the program should plan to attend both conferences.  If a major academic, career, or personal occurrence during the year unexpectedly keeps a Fellow from attending a conference, the Center will make exceptions on a case by case basis.

•  Each Fellow undertakes an original research project on a subject with direct relevance to the Presidency and/or Congress and is responsible for producing a 10 to 15-page paper (single spaced) on that subject, due in May.  This paper may tie-in with an independent study, class, or thesis project that is being undertaken by the student in the 2012-2013 academic year.  Fellows must be able to meet all deadlines for this research paper.

•  The Center reserves the right to ask a Fellow to resign the Fellowship if he or she is unable to meet these requirements.

Criteria considered for nomination

• Fellows must have strong academic credentials.  A minimum GPA of 3.5 is strongly suggested.

• Fellows should have a demonstrated interest in public policy, international affairs, and/or the institutions of the Presidency and the Congress.

• Most Fellows are in the final year of their undergraduate studies, but graduate students and advanced underclassmen are also welcome.

• All academic majors are eligible. Typically, Fellows major or minor in one of the following disciplines: political science, history, international affairs, business, philosophy, economics, public health, or journalism.

To be considered for the W&M nomination, applicants must submit the following to the Charles Center by 12 noon on Wednesday April 11, 2012:

  • A resume
  • Banner transcript (including spring 2012 registration)
  • 1 letter of recommendation from a faculty member that addresses the applicant’s qualifications for the nomination
  • An essay of no more than 1000 words essay on their interest in the Presidency and/or Congress and the original research they wish to conduct if awarded the Fellowship

See this page for more information about Presidential Fellows.

Please refer questions on the W&M nomination to [[lmgrim, Lisa Grimes]]