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Tulane Honors Program

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Political Science Fellowship

From the Chair of the Political Science Department:

The Presidential Fellows Program is a unique, non-residential program sponsored by the Center for the Study of the Presidency (CSP). The CSP is a non-partisan, private organization that publishes the highly-respected journal, Presidential Studies Quarterly. CSP also conducts major conferences and working sessions for researchers, students, journalists and policymakers on issues of governance and presidential leadership. Each year, the Center holds an awards ceremony at which it recognizes various individuals who have contributed greatly in the previous year, or over their careers, to public service at the national level.

The Fellows Program brings together students from 87 selective universities and colleges. Fellows meet twice during the academic year, over a long weekend in November and April. They help to lead workshops; engage in discussions with leading policymakers and White House Fellows; and research, write and present original research on a topic of public policy or leadership. The last task is typically completed under the supervision of not just an advisor affiliated with the CSP, but with a Tulane faculty member as well. It is possible, but not mandatory, that you use your CSP paper as the core element of a TU independent study in the spring semester. The best of the student papers are published each year in an anthology of Center Fellows Papers.

Tulane will nominate two students for next year’s program. Tulane will pay for the selected students’ transportation to and from the conferences in November and April; the CSP and their own financial backers pay for your lodging and meals while in D.C.

Students from all TU undergraduate colleges and majors are invited to apply. Though in most years, students from social science disciplines within the Liberal Arts and Sciences predominate, in the current year our two students are from University College and the Business School.

Selection criteria include academic achievement and a demonstrated commitment to public service.

Interested students should send to Professor Thomas Langston, Professor and Chair of Political Science, the following application materials by the end of the business day, April 1:

  • a one to two page statement of intent, indicating your reasons for wishing to participate in this program and your qualifications for doing so

  • a copy of your undergraduate transcript (an advising copy is fine at the application stage)

  • an academic writing sample

For further information, please contact Professor Langston at langston@tulane.edu.

Thomas S. Langston
Professor and Chair
Department of Political Science
Tulane University
New Orleans, LA 70118
ph.: (504) 862-8311
fax: (504) 862-8745


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