The in-person Burke to Buckley Fellowship Program follows a syllabus that fosters a rigorous examination of conservative principles and how they apply to the issues of the day. Incorporating readings from Burke to Buckley, the syllabus focuses on the foundations of conservative thought. For each session of the eight seminars, participants are expected to complete a reading assignment which typically takes between one and two hours to complete. During each meeting, participants will discuss the readings with a leading conservative thinker.
The Burke to Buckley Fellowship Program currently operates in Chicago, Dallas, Miami, New York City, and Philadelphia.
The classes are composed of approximately 20 mid-career professionals, representing a wide variety of professions and industries outside public policy. Applicants should have between 10 and 25 years of professional work experience. This program is not intended for recent graduates or people working in the fields of public policy or politics. Applicants for the program generally live in or within the vicinity of the city to which they are applying as travel expenses are not provided by NRI.
A fee of $500 will be charged upon acceptance into the program to cover a portion of the cost of the program, meals, and discussion leaders (speakers). Limited scholarships are available.
Participants and alumni receive invitations to exclusive networking happy hours and other annual and regional events when they occur. They also receive a complimentary ticket to the Buckley Prize Dinner in the year that they participate in the program.
The fall programs generally run from mid-September to mid-November of each year. Once the link is live, you may click on one of the city names below to be directed to the application. Classes are finalized by August 1.
- CHICAGO, IL: Speakers for the Chicago program have included: NRI fellow Kathryn Jean Lopez; Lee Edwards, The Heritage Foundation; Matthew Continetti, The Washington Free Beacon; and William Schambra, Hudson Institute.
- DALLAS, TX: Speakers for the Dallas program have included: NRI fellow Kathryn Jean Lopez; Charles C. W. Cooke, National Review; Lee Edwards, The Heritage Foundation; Richard Dougherty and Christopher Wolfe, The University of Dallas; and Robert Lawson, Southern Methodist University.
The spring programs generally run from early February to mid-May. Once the link is live, you may click on one of the city names below to be directed to the application. Classes are finalized by January 5.
- MIAMI, FL: Speakers for the Miami program have included: Lee Edwards, The Heritage Foundation; Mario Loyola, Florida International University; Brian Anderson, Manhattan Institute for Policy Research; Charles C. W. Cooke, National Review; Siri Terjesen, Florida Atlantic University; Henry Nau, George Washington University; Daniel J. Mahoney, NRI trustee, and Kathryn Lopez, NRI fellow.
- NEW YORK, NY: Speakers for the New York program have included: NRI fellows Kathryn Jean Lopez and Richard Brookhiser; Charles C. W. Cooke, National Review; Lee Edwards, The Heritage Foundation; Brian Anderson, Manhattan Institute for Policy Research; William Schambra, Hudson Institute; and John Hillen, Hillen Consulting.
- PHILADELPHIA, PA: Speakers for the Philadelphia program have included: NRI fellow Kathryn Jean Lopez; Matthew Continetti, The Washington Free Beacon; Lee Edwards, The Heritage Foundation; William Schambra, Hudson Institute; Jeffrey Nelson, Intercollegiate Studies Institute; Michael Noonan, Foreign Policy Research Institute; and Michael Moreland, Villanova University.