Launched in 2015, The Public Interest Fellowship draws on the legacy of that great journal of ideas and policy founded by Daniel Bell and Irving Kristol. The Public Interest nourished generations of individuals dedicated to meeting the moral and political challenges of the day through the rigorous study of contemporary America and the recovery of the enduring principles of the American constitutional tradition.
Conceived in that spirit, The Public Interest Fellowship provides exceptional young men and women with professional opportunities and a continuing education in the principles of American constitutional government and the modern tradition of freedom. The unique combination of work and study is designed to advance fellows’ pursuit of careers devoted to enriching the political and cultural life of the United States.
Visit the archives of The Public Interest and National Affairs to read much of the writing that inspired the formation of our fellowship program and continues to inform our mission.
The Public Interest Fellowship (TPIF) operates four programs: the flagship two-year Public Interest Fellowship, the Security and Strategy Seminar, the Antonin Scalia Fellowship, and the American Capitalism Seminar.
Through the four programs, TPIF seeks to identify, develop, and elevate future leaders devoted to liberty and the public interest. Our programs build a tightly knit community of political, policy, and journalism professionals that can lead public discussion and undertake political action.
The ideal fellow is a young professional committed to preserving liberty, upholding free markets, defending constitutionalism, promoting a robust civil society, and fostering United States leadership abroad.
We are currently accepting applications for the American Capitalism Seminar and TPIF’s full-time core fellowship, applications for the Security and Strategy Seminar open in late winter 2022, and applications for the Antonin Scalia Fellowship open late spring 2022.
TPIF’s flagship program is a two-year long fellowship comprised of highly qualified recent college graduates and young professionals. In addition to their full-time employment with organizations committed to furthering American constitutional government, fellows participate in studies in the tradition of freedom and the contemporary challenges to liberal democracy in America delivered through twice-monthly evening seminars and academic retreats. They also attend monthly dinners with prominent public figures and participate in professional development sessions; and take advantage of extensive networking opportunities.
Fellows gather bi-weekly to study important texts and books to deepen their own knowledge of a society and political system committed to the twin goods of liberty and the public interest. Led by Hoover Institution Tad and Dianne Taube Senior Fellow, Dr. Peter Berkowitz, fellows delve into foundational texts in the history of modern liberal democracy and American constitutionalism and read carefully influential contemporary writings. Fellows also take part in policy-focused lectures that delve into pressing national-security and domestic issues of the day.
Additionally, fellows participate in monthly dinners with members of Congress, high-level government staffers, nonprofit executives, policy experts, public intellectuals, and other special guests.
Interested fellows are also able to take advantage of advancement opportunities such as speech and debate training, media training, and access to a variety of professional and policy conferences in Washington, DC, and across the country.
The two-year program offers two options: full-time and stipend.
The full-time program offers paid, full-time employment to a highly select cohort. Fellows will typically complete two professional rotations, each lasting approximately nine to twelve months. The Public Interest Fellowship – in consultation with the fellows – carefully selects positions designs them to advance the work of a host organization while providing fellows with professional experience relevant to their career paths.
The stipend program offers an annual stipend to a select cohort of highly qualified professionals who already have full-time employment in Washington, DC.
Programming runs from September to June. Fellows are responsible for around 75 pages of reading per week. Programming consists of academic seminars, policy seminars, and monthly dinners with public figures, which are held on weekday evenings. TPIF hosts three multi-day trips per academic year and offers numerous optional networking and professional development events per month; fellows are highly encouraged to attend.
We invite applications from individuals with the following qualifications:
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Click here for the 2022-2024 cohort of the full-time fellowship. Applications will be accepted through January 9, 2022.
Cohosted with the The Alexander Hamilton Society, the Security and Strategy Seminar is a graduate-level seminar in Washington, DC, focused on distinct challenges to the American position in the world with an emphasis on policy and cohort-building. Three decades after the fall of the Berlin Wall, our leaders increasingly realize that our power, position, and principles are under assault from adversaries we had once hoped to transform into friends.
In 2021-2022, SSS will consist of three separate, simultaneous year-long seminars, each focused on a different strategic challenger to the United States: the People’s Republic of China, Vladimir Putin’s Russia, and the Islamic Republic of Iran. Although the nature of the competition and relevant factors differ for each adversary, each Seminar’s framing questions will remain the same:
Taught by leading scholars in the field, each SSS will consist of 15 evening sessions that meet from September-May and will afford participating fellows an opportunity to gain a breadth of knowledge on critical subjects, forge relationships with senior scholars and practitioners, sharpen analytical frameworks through written and oral arguments, and build a cohort with their peers. Fellows will be responsible for around 50 pages of reading for each session and will be required to write two short essays over the course of the program. Each seminar will meet on the same designated day of the week from 6:00pm-8:30pm. If the ongoing public health crisis prevents in-person gatherings, SSS will operate via virtual platforms.
The China Challenge
As the Biden administration begins its tenure, China will remain at the forefront of U.S. foreign policy. Previous administrations have labeled China a revisionist power intent on changing the U.S.-led world order and committed the U.S. to competing with China across all dimensions of national power. It remains to be seen how the Biden administration will handle China’s consistent challenges to the international order in a new era of U.S.-China strategic competition. What does a new era of strategic competition with China look like? Why is such a competition necessary, and what are its stakes? What are China’s objectives, and how do its leaders seek to achieve them? How can the U.S. reshape its strategy to avoid – and yet be prepared for – conflict? Fellows will study with leading experts on the Chinese economy, political warfare, and the role of regional allies through different theaters of competition.
The Iran Challenge
Since the Islamic Revolution of 1979, the Islamic Republic of Iran has been a critical challenge for American policymakers, turning from friend to foe overnight. In the ensuing four decades, nearly every American president has had an Iran-related crisis help define his presidency. Over the course of the seminar, fellows will gain a clear understanding of the history of America’s relationship with Iran and take an in-depth look at the ideological nature of the Iranian regime. They will delve into the challenges the regime presents to the United States, from its nuclear program to its regional ambitions to its oil diplomacy.
The Russia Challenge
Once thought to have been on the path to becoming a democratic capitalistic state, Russia remains a preeminent global challenge to the United States. Every American president has entered office committed to resetting relations with Russia only for the relationship to become more acrimonious. Today, relations may be at their lowest point in nearly four decades. Thirty years after the end of the Cold War and two decades into Vladimir Putin’s reign, Washington seems to have finally realized that the Russian challenge is enduring. What is the nature of the Russian challenge to the United States? What are Russia’s objectives, strengths and weaknesses? In a competition that spans Europe, the Middle East, and even America’s homeland, what do we need to understand about Russia in order to achieve our own objectives? Fellows will learn about the history of U.S.-Russian relations, the nature of the Russian political regime, the role of oil, Russian military and nuclear doctrine and developments, and the current status of relations.
For the Security and Strategy Seminar, we seek a professionally diverse and first-rate class of highly committed junior to mid-level professionals (25-35 years old) already working in policy-relevant institutions. Fellows will be responsible for around 50 pages of reading for each session and will be required to write two short essays of the course of the program. Each seminar will meet on the same designated day of the week from 6:00pm-8:30pm. If the ongoing public health crisis prevents in-person gatherings, SSS will operate via virtual platforms.
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The Antonin Scalia Fellowship (ASF) is a graduate- level seminar examining America’s Constitutional framework. Over the course of these sessions, a highly-select cohort will begin with a study of the Federalist Papers; explore the conservative movement in historical perspective; delve into current legal policy debates; and consider opportunities and strategies for advancing the rule of law in a variety of areas. Topics covered will include Originalism, Judicial Restraint, Judicial Engagement, Federalist Vision of Administration, Big Tech, and Religious Liberty.
ASF will consist of 10 seminars, to be held approximately monthly on weekday evenings. Each seminar will be led by a prominent guest instructor and fellows will be responsible for 20-30 pages of reading in preparation for each session.
All seminars will be held in-person in Washington, D.C. TPIF will host happy hours and other optional events in the DC area throughout the course for ASF fellows.
Ideal candidates will be early to mid-career professionals with a legal background working in government, the legal sector, think-tanks, academia, or media.
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Applications for the 2021-2022 cohort are now closed.
The American Capitalism Seminar (ACS) is a graduate-level course in Washington, D.C. examining the role of the free market system in fostering innovation and entrepreneurship, and in turn, transforming the U.S. into an economic hegemon. Topics covered will include the history of American capitalism; monetary policy and inflation; tax and fiscal policy; and the role of the corporation.
ACS aims to educate young professionals by deepening their understanding of economic policy, finance, and the interaction between law and economics.
ACS is hosted by The Public Interest Fellowship and will be taught by leading academics, policymakers, journalists, and investment professionals.
The seminar will consist of 10-12 sessions from late October until May. All sessions will be held from 6:00-8:30 pm. Fellows will be expected to complete brief assigned readings prior to each lecture. Some seminars will be held in-person in Washington, D.C., and other sessions will be conducted virtually with lecturers from around the country. TPIF will host happy hours and other optional events in the DC area throughout the course for ACS fellows.
ACS seeks a first-rate cohort of highly committed and driven mid-level professionals (25-35 years old) with a minimum of three years of work or graduate school experience. Fellows must be able to attend in-person programming in Washington, D.C. roughly once every three weeks.
This seminar is ideal for those working in government, journalism, think tanks, or other policy-relevant institutions. Successful candidates will have a professional background in economy policy, domestic politics, or finance and investing.
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Applications to the 2021-2022 cohort are now closed.
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