Journalism Fellowships


William F. Buckley Jr. Fellowship in Political Journalism
Thomas L. Rhodes Journalism Fellowship

 

William F. Buckley Jr. Fellowship in Political Journalism

William F. Buckley Jr. nurtured two generations of conservative journalists. His enormous legacy includes scores of conservative editors and writers. The annual William F. Buckley Jr. Fellowship in Political Journalism, sponsored by National Review Institute, is a unique opportunity for two recent college graduates to work as writers/reporters with National Review magazine for a one year term (typically starting in May/June).

Fellows receive editorial feedback, guidance, and support in weekly reviews, as well as attend regular lunches with leading conservative thinkers and journalists. Rich Lowry, the editor in chief of National Review, said: “The Buckley journalism program has a proven record of training top-notch young conservative journalists.”

How to Apply
Interested applicants should send a cover letter, current résumé, recommendation from a former employer or professor, current transcript (unofficial acceptable), and a writing sample. The cover letter should explain the applicant’s education, work, other activities, and future goals as they relate to a fellowship with National Review magazine. In other words, “why you and why National Review?” Please direct applications to info@nrinstitute.org. Apply today or share this with someone who may be interested! 

Current William F. Buckley Jr. Fellow in Political Journalism

Luther Abel, a William F. Buckley Fellow in Political Journalism, is a graduate of Lawrence University, a two-time NR editorial intern, and a veteran of the US Navy. He is a proud native of Sheboygan, Wisconsin.

 

Past William F. Buckley Jr. Fellows in Political Journalism

 

Thomas L. Rhodes Journalism Fellowship

The Thomas L. Rhodes Journalism Fellowship was created to honor “Dusty” Rhodes, an engaging and well-respected conservative leader who served as the president of National Review and the chairman of The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation’s board of directors. The Rhodes Fellowship is made available to a new or recent college graduate, up to age 25 (when initially applying) who shows interest and capability in writing on, broadly speaking, current affairs, but with a focus on finance, business, taxation, fiscal policy, economics, and the workings of the free market, all of which were subjects of particular interest to Mr. Rhodes. This will be in connection with writing, preparing, and editing National Review’s Capital Matters section. While this will be an important part of the Rhodes fellow’s daily work, he or she would also be encouraged to write for the magazine and elsewhere on the website on other areas of domestic and international policy on topics that might include, but would not be limited to, health care, limited government, education reform, affirmative action, and the state of the conservative movement.

Located in NRI’s New York City office, the Rhodes fellow will work closely with the editor of Capital Matters, and will also be overseen and directed by NR’s editorial team. Through this daily oversight and regular interaction with other NR writers, the Rhodes fellow will actively be trained in the art of journalism, honing his/her writing, editing, reporting, and commentary skills, as well as learning about promotion, publicity, and social media. The skills acquired and sharpened as the Rhodes Fellow will help prepare him/her for a career in journalism, equipping the fellow to write thoughtfully and eloquently—from a principled perspective—on important issues that impact a free and prosperous society.

The Rhodes Fellowship is designed as a one-year fellowship, renewable on an annual basis for up to two additional years (no more than three years).

How to Apply
Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Interested applicants should send a cover letter, current résumé, recommendation from a former employer or professor, current transcript (unofficial acceptable), and a writing sample. The cover letter should explain the applicant’s education, work, other activities, and future goals as they relate to a fellowship with National Review magazine. In other words, “why you and why National Review ?” Please direct applications to info@nrinstitute.org.

Current Thomas L. Rhodes Journalism Fellow:

Dominic Pino is the Thomas L. Rhodes Journalism Fellow at National Review Institute. He was previously a William F. Buckley Jr. Fellow in Political Journalism and a National Review editorial intern. He holds a master’s degree and bachelor’s degree in economics from George Mason University and was an MA Fellow at the Mercatus Center. During college, he was opinion editor of Fourth Estate, Mason’s student paper. He was a 2020 Political Studies Fellow with the Hertog Foundation and has had past internships with ALEC, The Heritage Foundation, and Tax Foundation. Originally from Wisconsin, he currently resides in Fairfax, Virginia.

Past Thomas L. Rhodes Journalism Fellows:

Daniel Tenreiro grew up in New York City and studied economics at Yale University. As an undergraduate, Daniel wrote a biweekly column for the Yale Daily News and served as Project Chair of the Yale Hunger and Homelessness Action Project.

 

Theodore Kupfer worked for National Review in an editorial capacity and was formerly a WFB and Rhodes fellow at NRI. He graduated from Johns Hopkins University and hails from central Pennsylvania. He previously worked at Bridgewater Associates.

 

Jibran Khan is a former Thomas L. Rhodes Journalism Fellow at National Review Institute. He currently works as a freelance writer and editor, providing editorial support to individual and organizational clients.

 

Ian Tuttle is a doctoral student in political theory at the Catholic University of America. From 2015 to 2017, he was the Thomas L. Rhodes Fellow at National Review Institute in New York City. He has been regularly published in, among others, National Review and The New Criterion. He holds a B.A. in Liberal Arts from St. John’s College (Annapolis, MD).

 Jillian Kay Melchior is an editorial page writer for The Wall Street Journal. She was the first Thomas L. Rhodes Fellow at National Review Institute from 2014 to 2015 and was regularly published in National Review. Jillian holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Hillsdale College (Hillsdale, MI).