The goals of National Review Institute’s Burke to Buckley Program (formerly known as the Regional Fellowship Program) are two-fold: first, to impart a deeper understanding of the foundations of conservative thought; and secondly, to build a network of talented, like-minded individuals who can assist one another professionally and personally for years to come.
The 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.
Participants meet for a series of eight weeknight dinner seminars. For each session, participants are expected to complete a 25-to-30-page reading assignment, which they will discuss with a leading conservative thinker. Past discussion leaders have included luminaries such as Victor Davis Hanson, Dr. Lee Edwards, Kathryn Jean Lopez, John Yoo, Christopher Wolfe, and Yuval Levin.
The Burke to Buckley Program began in Washington, D.C. and has since expanded to five additional cities: New York City (2014), Dallas (2014), San Francisco (2016), Philadelphia (2018), and Chicago (2019). Each program is run by a regional coordinator—Jonathan Madison (San Francisco), Dan McDonough (Philadelphia), Paul Tzur (Chicago), Lathan Watts (Dallas), and Sage Withrow (New York City).
Each class is comprised of 20 to 25 mid-career professionals who represent 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 should 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 the cost of 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 as they occur. They also receive a complimentary ticket to the Buckley Prize Dinner in the year that they participate in the program.
Applications for these programs, which generally run from mid-September to mid-November of each year, open on July 1. Once the link is live, you may click on one of the city names below to be directed to the application.
- DALLAS, TX
Speakers for the Dallas Program have included: NRI fellows Kathryn Jean Lopez and Victor Davis Hanson; NationalReview.com editor Charles C. W. Cooke; Dr. Lee Edwards, The Heritage Foundation; Drs. Richard Dougherty, Gladden Pappin, and Christopher Wolfe, The University of Dallas; and Dr. Robert Lawson, Southern Methodist University.
- SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Speakers for the San Francisco Program have included: NRI fellows Kathryn Jean Lopez and Victor Davis Hanson; NationalReview.com editor Charles C. W. Cooke; Dr. Lee Edwards, The Heritage Foundation; John Yoo, The University of California at Berkeley; Matthew Rose, The Berkeley Institute; Jeffrey Hummel, San Jose State University; and Brian Anderson, Manhattan Institute for Policy Research.
- CHICAGO, IL
Speakers for the Chicago Program have included: NRI fellow Kathryn Jean Lopez; Dr. Lee Edwards, The Heritage Foundation; Matthew Continetti, The Washington Free Beacon; and William Schambra, Hudson Institute.
Applications for these programs, which generally run from mid-January to May of each year, are open. Please click on one of the city names below to be directed to the application.
Speakers for the New York Program have included: NRI fellows Kathryn Jean Lopez and Richard Brookhiser; NationalReview.com editor Charles C. W. Cooke; Dr. Lee Edwards, The Heritage Foundation; Brian Anderson, Manhattan Institute for Policy Research; William Schambra, Hudson Institute, and Dr. John Hillen, Hillen Consulting.
Speakers for the Philadelphia Program have included: NRI fellow Kathryn Jean Lopez; Matthew Continetti, The Washington Free Beacon; Dr. Lee Edwards, The Heritage Foundation; William Schambra, Hudson Institute; Jeffrey Nelson, Intercollegiate Studies Institute; Michael Noonan, Foreign Policy Research Institute; and Dr. Michael Moreland, Villanova University.
Regional Fellowship Program alumni at the 2015 William F. Buckley Jr. Prize Dinner in Dallas, Texas.