Thomas L. Rhodes Journalism Fellowship

Applications for our 2019 Rhodes Fellow are now closed. 

The Thomas L. Rhodes Journalism Fellowship was created to honor “Dusty” Rhodes, an engaging and well-respected conservative leader who served as the president of National Review and the chairman of The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation’s board of directors. The Rhodes Fellowship is made available to a new or recent college graduate, up to age 25 (when initially applying) who shows interest and capability in writing on the areas of domestic policy, including but not limited to tax and fiscal policy, health care, limited government, education reform, affirmative action, the state of the conservative movement, and other subjects which have been of particular concern to Mr. Rhodes.

Located in NRI’s New York City office, the Rhodes fellow is overseen and directed by NR’s editors. Through this daily oversight by NR’s editors and regular interaction with other NR writers, the Rhodes fellow will actively be trained in the art of journalism, honing his/her writing, editing, reporting, and commentary skills, as well as learning about promotion, publicity, and social media. The skills acquired and sharpened as the Rhodes Fellow will help prepare him/her for a career in journalism, equipping him to write thoughtfully and eloquently—from a principled perspective—on important issues that impact a free and prosperous society.

The Rhodes Fellowship is designed as a one-year fellowship, renewable on an annual basis for up to two additional years (no more than three years). 

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and all applicants are notified in JanuaryInterested 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
Rhodes Fellow Program
19 West 44th Street, Suite 1701
New York, NY 10036
or via email to
Current Rhodes Fellow:

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 Rhodes Fellows:

The 2017-2018 Jibran Khan, a graduate of King’s College, London, where he studied history, literature, economics, and theology. In addition to his academic work, he worked in the communications departments of think tanks, including the Cato Institute and the Institute of Economic Affairs in London. 




A graduate of Hillsdale College, Jillian Kay Melchior was NRI’s 2014-2016 Rhodes fellow. She is now a senior fellow at the Independent Women’s Forum where she covers energy and environmental issues and government waste, fraud and abuse for the Independent Women’s Forum. She is also political editor for Heat Street and the Tony Blankley Fellow for the Steamboat Institute.

She has previously reported for National Review, the Franklin Center, The Daily, Commentary, the Wall Street Journal Asia, with freelance writings appearing in Cosmopolitan, The Weekly Standard, the New York Post and other major publications. Her foreign correspondence has also taken her to China, Iraq, Ukraine and elsewhere in Europe and Asia.