We provide grants to exceptional graduate-level scholars who have an interest in serving the nation through public service or in policy-relevant fields. The Graduate Fellowship Program provides financial support to students pursuing graduate and post-doctoral studies, as well as encourages their network of talented young professionals.
Some of the country’s most respected scholars in fields from economics to international relations help us to identify candidates of outstanding intellectual ability, integrity, moral character and leadership potential who will benefit from financial assistance. 24 professors currently serve as Advisers for our Program.
The Fellowship Program provides grants for M.A. and Ph.D. candidates, postdoctoral researchers and graduate students pursuing public service-related internships. Fellowships are awarded to U.S. citizens through nominations by our confidential Advisers at universities across the country. Students may not directly apply for the Fellowship Program; they must be nominated. The Foundation does not accept outside applications.
The Program's current and former Fellows form an impressive collection of rising leaders active in significant posts and organizations at home and abroad that play important roles in shaping U.S. domestic and foreign policy. We support this growing network of scholars and practitioners and offer year-round events for their engagement and connectivity. These events include speaker series, weekend retreats, receptions and annual conferences.
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"Through the Rumsfeld Fellowship I have developed lasting relationships with an elite group of men and women who share many of the same values: a love for the United States and our incredible history, a belief that the United States is a force for good in the world and an understanding of the virtues of free enterprise and limited government."
“Most people think that only a few careers can lead to a life committed to public service. The backgrounds of the Foundation’s Fellows, not to mention the organization’s founder, say otherwise. If this community of Fellows demonstrates one thing, it is the spectrum of careers in which civic-minded individuals can impact in public life.”
“By bringing together an array of conceptual and practical expertise that spans the academic disciplines and policy areas, this network facilitates cross-pollination, collaboration, and information sharing. On top of it all, the opportunity to engage leaders - in settings formal and informal - who have established records of long and capable service to our nation is both edifying as well as encouraging.”
“As I consider my future career path I am reminded of Edmund Burke’s well known saying, ‘All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.’ A large part of my interest in law and public service comes from my desire to do something. The financial assistance the Fellowship has provided me helps to make that possible.”