William F. Buckley Jr. Fellowship in Political Journalism


Applications for 2018/2019 fellowship are now open.

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.

National Review roving correspondent Kevin D. Williamson serves as Director of the Buckley Fellowship for NRI. Kevin offers editorial feedback, guidance, and support in weekly reviews with the Buckley Fellows, as well as hosts monthly lunches with leading conservative thinkers and journalists.

Rich Lowry, editor 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 by March 1st. 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 buckleyfellowship@nrinstitute.org

Current William F. Buckley Jr. Political Journalism Fellows:

Alexandra DeSanctis graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2016 with a degree in Political Science. At Notre Dame, she was executive editor of the independent, conservative student newspaper the Irish Rover, and she served twice as co-chair of the largest student-run conference in the country, the Edith Stein Project. During college, she was a contributing reporter for the College Fix, the National Catholic Register, and the Cardinal Newman Society, and she served as a writer and managing editor for the online journal of religion and politics Ethika Politika. As a Student Free Press Association intern, she worked for the editorial board of USA TODAY, and she served as a reporting intern for the local newspaper the High Point Enterprise through the Collegiate Network internship program. While in high school, she interned twice for the Laura Ingraham Radio Show.

Theodore Kupfer is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University, at which he studied philosophy. While in school, he wrote for the Johns Hopkins News-Letter, Vector Magazine, and The Baltimore Zeitgeist. He also served as co-chairman for the Milton S. Eisenhower Symposium, the university’s fall speaker series. He was an editorial intern for National Review in the summer of 2016, and an intern for Bridgewater Associates in the summer of 2017. He hails from central Pennsylvania.



Past Fellows:

Austin Yack

Elaina Plott

Ian Tuttle

Ryan Lovelace

Alec Torres

Betsy Woodruff

Patrick Brennan

Robert Costa

Brian Bolduc

Matthew Shaffer


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