William F. Buckley Jr. Fellowship in Political Journalism


Applications for our 2019 WFB Journalism Fellows are now closed. 

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 accepted on a rolling basis and all applicants are 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.

Current William F. Buckley Jr. Political Journalism Fellow:

Madeleine Kearns is from Glasgow, Scotland. She graduated from the University of St. Andrews in 2015 with an MA in English literature, First Class (summa cum laude)She was a Saint Andrews Society of the State of New York scholar from 2016 -2017, and graduated from New York University in 2018 with a Master’s in Journalism, specializing in Cultural Reporting and Criticism. As a 2017 summer intern at The Spectator (U.K.), Madeleine wrote a cover story detailing her experience at NYU which became one of the most read articles that year. The Spectator later entered her articles into the 2018 UK Press Awards. Madeleine has appeared on the BBC World Service and Louder with Crowder. From 2015 – 2016, she taught full-time in Glasgow (in one of the most deprived constituencies in the U.K.) and has critiqued Scottish education policy in The Spectator and the Daily Mail. Madeleine has also written for The Daily TelegraphThe Catholic HeraldThe Scotsman, and Heterodox Academy. She is a trained classical singer.



Past Fellows:

Alexandra DeSanctis

Austin Yack

Elaina Plott

Ian Tuttle

Ryan Lovelace

Alec Torres

Betsy Woodruff

Patrick Brennan

Robert Costa

Brian Bolduc

Matthew Shaffer


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