Washington Monument during sunset.

If a career in the public square interests you, the George Washington Fellowship Program offers outstanding preparation. Open to Hillsdale College undergraduate students of all majors, this competitive three-year program includes and expands upon the Washington-Hillsdale Internship Program with rigorous studies focused on America’s founding documents and on leading statesmen and thinkers who have upheld the enduring principles of American constitutionalism. Based at Hillsdale’s Allan P. Kirby, Jr. Center for Constitutional Studies and Citizenship in Washington, D.C., the Fellowship includes a generous scholarship of $5,000 per semester beginning in the spring of the fellow’s sophomore year.

The Fellowship has four components:

Additional curriculum focusing on American political thought and constitutional history

Discussions with visiting scholars

Research and writing projects that serve as preparation for civic deliberation

Participation in WHIP during an academic semester


All Hillsdale College students are required to take three core courses in history and politics:

In addition to these, Washington Fellows will take the following courses:

Students will choose one of the following:

Additionally, students will choose one of the following:

Please refer to the Hillsdale College Catalog for additional course information.

Selection Process

Students of any major who are interested in the Fellowship may apply during the fall semester of their sophomore year. Applications are evaluated by a faculty selection committee. Selection is based on three criteria:

  • Outstanding academic achievement and dedication to scholarly excellence
  • Initiative and leadership in extracurricular activities relating to civic life
  • Demonstrated interest in public affairs and public service

How to Apply

Students must submit the following items with their application:

  • A resume
  • A three-to four-page writing sample from a paper submitted during the student’s freshman year
  • One letter of recommendation from a Hillsdale College professor
  • A two-page essay on an assigned topic

Additionally, applicants must have a freshman GPA of 3.5 or higher. A cumulative GPA of 3.5 or greater is required for maintenance of the scholarship.

Qualified candidates will proceed to the interview stage, which will take place during the fall semester. Students should be prepared to discuss various points in their resume, coursework, and paper submissions.