Graduate Fellowships


In academia, some ideas are more welcome than others.  The importance and dignity of public service is too seldom emphasized in universities across the country.  Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC), Judge Advocate General (JAG) and CIA recruiters have been barred from a number of America's campuses.  In 2008, the Rumsfeld Foundation launched its Graduate Fellowship Program to provide grants to promising students with an interest in serving the nation through policy-relevant fields or by pursuing a career in public service.  Some of the country's most respected scholars in fields from economics to international relations help us to identify candidates of outstanding intellectual ability, integrity, moral character and leadership potential who will benefit from financial assistance.

The Fellowship Program provides grants for M.A. and Ph.D. candidates, postdoctoral researchers and graduate students pursuing public service related internships.  Fellowships are awarded to U.S. citizens on the basis of nominations from 23 confidential Advisers in universities across the country.  Students may not directly apply for the Fellowship through their university; they must be nominated.  The Foundation does not accept outside applications.

In the seven years of the program, the Foundation has awarded 103 Fellowships to 81 individuals, providing over $1.9 million in support of our talented Graduate Fellows.

Our Fellowship Program has Advisers at each of the following institutions:


Claremont Graduate University


Indiana University


Syracuse University


University of Virginia


George Mason University


Institute of World Politics


University of Dallas


Villanova University


George Washington University


Johns Hopkins University


University of Miami


Yale University


Georgetown University


Missouri State University


University of Notre Dame




Harvard University


Princeton University


University of Pennsylvania




Hillsdale College

Stanford University

University of Texas at Austin