UNC CSPC Fellowship
Since 1970, the Center for the Study of the President and Congress (CSPC) Fellows Program has hosted students who go to Washington, DC, to learn about leadership and governance, to share their outstanding research, and to explore careers in public service. This year-long program is offered to undergraduate and graduate students from both American and international universities. They are given the opportunity to study the U.S. Presidency, the public policymaking process, and our Chief Executive’s relations with Congress, allies, the media, and the American public. Fellows also work closely with CSPC staff on top policy projects, such as securing the U.S. electrical grid and examining U.S. policy towards Latin America.
The Fellows participate in three-day leadership conferences in Washington, DC during the Fall and Spring semesters, in addition to completing a research paper that is eligible for publication on the CSPC website and awards. While attending the conferences, the Fellows participate in workshops where they present and receive constructive criticism on their research papers. The Fellows also have the opportunity to engage with policy experts, government officials, and leaders in the legislative process. In the past, Fellows have had the opportunity to meet with speakers such as Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke; Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta; Deputy Secretary of Labor Christopher Lu; journalists James Kitfield, Ron Fournier, and Clive Crook; and defense experts Michèle Flournoy, Frank Cilluffo, and Capt. Eric Jones, USCG. During the Spring Leadership Conference, Fellows also attend CSPC’s Annual Awards Dinner which honors leading public servants.
The centerpiece of the Fellowship is the student’s original research paper on the key issues of the past, present, and/or future as they relate to the Presidency and Congress. The papers are eligible for one of four awards: The Robert A. Kilmarx Award for Best Military, Intelligence, or National Security Strategic Analysis; The Donald B. Marron Award for Most Original Historical Analysis; and The James R. Moffett Award for Most Original Paper on the Modern Presidency or Congress. Each award comes with a monetary prize and publication in CSPC’s online anthology The Fellows Review.
Many Presidency Fellows have been awarded the prestigious Rhodes, Marshall, Fulbright, Truman, and Gates Scholarships. Alumni of the Fellows Program also have served in positions such as Capitol Hill and White House staffers, award-winning journalists, CEOs of corporations and non-profit organizations, senior military leaders, and university presidents and deans.
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