Journalism Fellowships


William F. Buckley Jr. Fellowship in Political Journalism

Applications for our 2020 Buckley Fellows will open this fall. 

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 the National Review Institute, is a unique opportunity for a recent college graduate to work as writer/reporter with National Review magazine for a one year term 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.”

Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis and all applicants will be notified in March. 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 working at National Review magazine. In other words, “why you and why National Review?”

Applications can be sent via mail to:

National Review Institute
WFB Journalism Fellows Program
19 West 44th Street, Suite 1701
New York, NY 10036

or via email to clare@nrinstitute.org.

Our Current William F. Buckley Jr. Fellows in Political Journalism:

Madeleine Kearns is a journalist from Glasgow, Scotland, and a William F. Buckley Jr. Fellow in Political Journalism with National Review Institute. She was a vocal scholar at the University of St Andrews and taught high school English in one of the most deprived constituencies in the U.K. before winning competitive scholarships to study in the U.S. As a 2017 summer intern at The Spectator, Britain’s bestselling political magazine, she wrote a cover story detailing her experience at New York University which became one of the most read articles that year. Her second cover story for The Spectator, in October 2018, was about gender policies as they relate to young people, a topic she now covers extensively for National Review. Her work has been published in The Wall Street Journal, The Daily Telegraph, The Daily Mail, The Scotsman, and Heterodox Academy. She has appeared on the BBC World Service, Louder with Crowder, and other outlets. She is a trained, classical singer.

Past William F. Buckley Jr. Fellows in Political Journalism:

Alexandra DeSanctis is a staff writer for National Review. She was previously a William F. Buckley Fellow in Political Journalism with National Review Institute and is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame.

 

Elaina Plott is currently a staff writer at The Atlantic. Formerly, Elaina was a staff writer at Washingtonian and a William F. Buckley Fellow in Political Journalism with National Review Institute. She is regularly featured in Pacific Standard, GQ, the Daily Beast, the New York Observer, Harper’s BAZAAR and Town & Country. She is a 2015 graduate of Yale University.

 

Ryan Lovelace is the Supreme Court reporter for the Washington Examiner. He previously reported for National Review and was the William F. Buckley Fellow in Political Journalism with National Review Institute. He has also written for the Weekly Standard and Daily Caller.

 

 

Thomas L. Rhodes Journalism Fellowship

Applications for our 2019 Rhodes Fellow are now closed.

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 the areas of domestic policy, including but not limited to tax and fiscal policy, health care, limited government, education reform, affirmative action, the state of the conservative movement, and other subjects which have been of particular concern to Mr. Rhodes.

Located in NRI’s New York City office, the Rhodes fellow is overseen and directed by NR’s editors. Through this daily oversight by NR’s editors 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 him 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). 

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and all applicants are notified in JanuaryInterested 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 working at National Review magazine. In other words, “why you and why National Review?”

Applications can be sent via mail to:

National Review Institute
Rhodes Fellow Program
19 West 44th Street, Suite 1701
New York, NY 10036

or via email to clare@nrinstitute.org

Our Current Thomas L. Rhodes Journalism Fellow:

Theodore Kupfer is the current Thomas L. Rhodes Fellow at the National Review Institute. He graduated from Johns Hopkins University and hails from central Pennsylvania. He previously worked at Bridgewater Associates.

 

Past Thomas L. Rhodes Journalism Fellows:

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

 

Ian Tuttle is a third-year doctoral student in political theory at the Catholic University of America. From 2014 to 2017, he was a Thomas L. Rhodes fellow with the 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).