We provide grants to exceptional graduate-level scholars who have an interest in serving the nation through public service or in policy-relevant fields. The Graduate Fellowship Program provides financial support to students pursuing graduate and post-doctoral studies, as well as encourages their network of talented young professionals.
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. 23 professors currently serve as Advisers for our Program.
The Fellowship Program provides grants for Master's and Ph.D. candidates, postdoctoral researchers and graduate students pursuing public service-related internships. Fellowships are awarded to U.S. citizens through nominations by our confidential Advisers at universities across the country. Students may not directly apply for the Fellowship Program; they must be nominated. The Foundation does not accept outside applications.
The Program's current and former Fellows form an impressive collection of rising leaders active in significant posts and organizations at home and abroad that play important roles in shaping U.S. domestic and foreign policy. We support this growing network of scholars and practitioners and offer year-round events for their engagement and connectivity. These events include speaker series, weekend retreats, receptions and annual conferences.
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“The Rumsfeld Foundation Fellowship also enables me to foster relationships with individuals shaping U.S. domestic and foreign policy through its network opportunities and annual conferences. By connecting with respected scholars and practitioners, I hope to understand how I can promote a humanitarian approach towards counterterrorism in the United States and abroad.”
All of Donald Rumsfeld's
profits from the sales of his book,
When the Center Held,
will go to the Graduate Fellowship Program.