Burke to Buckley Fellowship Program

Burke to Buckley is a multi-session fellowship program that consists of in-person meetings around the country, as well as two levels of virtual courses. The program explores the foundations of conservative thought, among other topics, and builds networks of intellectually curious individuals. In-person programs take place in the fall and spring. Virtual courses take place in the summer. 

Burke to Buckley In-Person Programs

The in-person Burke to Buckley Program follows a syllabus, designed by NRI trustee and celebrated academic Daniel J. Mahoney, 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, Philadelphia, and New York City. Each chapter is run by a regional coordinator, who is an aluma/nus of the program.

The classes are comprised 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. Classes are finalized by August 1. Once the link is live, you may click on one of the city names below to be directed to the application.

  • 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, Gladden Pappin, and Christopher Wolfe, The University of Dallas; and Robert Lawson, Southern Methodist University.

The spring programs generally run from early February to mid-May. Classes are finalized by January 5. Once the link is live, you may click on one of the city names below to be directed to the application.

  • MIAMI, FL: Miami was chosen for a new program in spring 2022 because of its rich and diverse history and population. The program is seeking applicants that represent that rich history and a varying array of business and industry. Those in the biotechnology and medical-research industries, tourism, education, law enforcement, finance, banking, fashion, sports, etc. are encouraged to apply.
  • 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.

Burke to Buckley Virtual Programs

Burke to Buckley 101 is a six-week virtual course started by NRI during the summer of 2020, with a shorter version of the syllabus used during the regular spring and fall programs. This course is not limited to mid-career professionals. Past discussion leaders for B2B 101 have included Brian C. Anderson, Lee Edwards, Bobbi Herzberg, John Hillen, Daniel J. Mahoney, and John Yoo.

Burke to Buckley 201 is a six-week virtual course open to anyone who has completed either the 101 course or an in-person program. Daniel J. Mahoney, Professor Emeritus at Assumption University and NRI trustee, developed the new syllabus for a dynamic second-level program that continues to foster substantive dialogue. The first session explores the American Constitution in relation to the broader tradition of Western constitutionalism. Subsequent readings include Lincoln’s 1854 Peoria address on why slavery is incompatible with America’s Founding principles and natural moral law alongside Frederick Douglass’s 1852 address on the Constitution; selections from Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s Gulag Archipelago; and readings from Tocqueville’s Democracy in America.