2019-20 Graduate Fellows Announced
JUL 03, 2019

The Rumsfeld Foundation is pleased to announce the selection of its 2019-20 Graduate Fellows.

This year the Foundation awarded 20 Fellowships, totaling $325,000, to promising scholars across the country with an interest in serving the nation through a career in public service or in policy-relevant fields. Entering its eleventh academic year, the Graduate Fellowship Program now includes an impressive network of 146 current and former Fellows, as well as 24 distinguished Program Advisers located at universities nationwide.

Nominated for their demonstrated leadership potential, moral character and academic and civic achievements, the 2019-20 Graduate Fellows include scholars with a diverse collection of backgrounds and experiences. This year’s Fellows will be pursuing studies in fields from international relations and economics to education policy and intelligence, and are comprised of both doctoral and Master's candidates.

Some of the already impressive roles and accomplishments of the 2019-20 Fellows:

  • Three fluent Arabic speakers
  • Three U.S. military veterans
  • David L. Boren Scholar and a Baylor McLane Scholar
  • Vice President of an Alexander Hamilton Society campus chapter
  • Researcher on The Churchill Project at Hillsdale College
  • Intelligence intern with the U.S. Coast Guard
  • Intern for the Governor of California
  • Research Assistant for the National Bureau of Economic Research
  • Analyst with the U.S. Government Accountability Office
  • University newspaper Co-Editor
  • Assistant Director at the Center for Constitutional Democracy
  • Research Assistant at the Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism
  • Naval ROTC graduate and an Army ROTC student
  • Analyst and Research Intern at The National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism
  • Intern for a U.S. Congressional Representative for Ohio
  • Education Policy Fellow for the McKeon Group
  • Intern with the Idaho Department of Commerce
  • Supervisor for a local refugee resettlement agency

Along with awarding Fellowship grants, the Foundation is pleased to provide additional opportunities for these service-oriented young leaders by hosting various events throughout the year for further network engagement, to include receptions, retreats, guest speakers and an annual fall conference in Washington, D.C.

One recently selected 2019-20 Fellow noted, “The benefit of the Rumsfeld Fellowship network is twofold. First, it would assist me in continuing my advanced education in the intelligence field, giving me an upper hand when I begin as a career professional. Second, it will give me the opportunity to create and build long term relationships with others involved in public service. It would be a great resource to have another outlet to exchange ideas and experiences with others working for the U.S. government.”

To learn more about the Graduate Fellowship Program, please visit the Foundation’s website or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.


Media Contact:
Sarah Tonucci
Executive Director, Rumsfeld Foundation
(202) 944-1304


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