Regional Fellowship Program

DSC_7424The goals of the National Review Institute’s Regional Fellowship program are two-fold: first, to develop 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 Regional Fellowship program follows a syllabus — designed by NRI board member 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.


Fellows meet for a series of eight weeknight dinner seminars. For each session, Fellows are expected to complete a 25-30 page reading assignment, which they will discuss with a leading conservative thinker. Past discussion leaders have included luminaries such as: Victor Davis Hanson, Jonah Goldberg, Kathryn Jean Lopez, John Yoo, Christopher Wolfe, Yuval Levin, and Andrew McCarthy. In addition, Fellows receive invitations to exclusive networking happy hours and other area conservative events.

The NRI Regional Fellowship Program began in Washington, D.C. and has since been expanded to four additional cities: New York City (2014), Dallas (2014), San Francisco (2016), and Philadelphia (launching spring of 2018). More chapters are in development.

Spring programs include New York City, Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia and generally run from mid-January to May. Applications for these programs are available from the October to December prior to the program. The Fall programs include San Francisco and Dallas and generally run from September to November. Applications for these two programs are available from May to July.

Each class is comprised of 20-25 mid-career professionals who represent a wide variety of professions and industries outside public policy. Fellows should have between 10 and 25 years of professional work experience. This program is not for recent graduates or people working in the fields of public policy or politics.

Applicants for the Regional Fellowship 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. 

SPRING PROGRAMS: Applications for these programs, which generally run from mid-January to May of each year, open on October 1. The deadline for submission is December 15. Once the link is live, you may click on one of the city names below to be directed to the application.




FALL PROGRAMS: Applications for these programs, which generally run from mid-September to mid-November of each year, open on May 1. The deadline for submission is July 15. The links are now live; you may click on one of the city names below to be directed to the application.




Regional Fellowship Program alumni at the 2015 William F. Buckley Jr. Prize Dinner in Dallas, Texas.



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