The Western Civilization Fellowship

The ISI Western Civilization Fellowship Program is designed to address our culture's loss of memory by supporting at the graduate level the study of the institutions, values, and history of the West.

The Grant

Each Western Civilization Fellowship recipient receives a $20,000 grant.


The Western Civilization Fellowship is granted to current graduate students with a research interest in and dedication to the Western tradition.

  • Applicants must be members of the Intercollegiate Studies Institute. (Not a member yet? Join now!)
  • Graduate Fellowship applicants must engage in graduate studies for the purpose of teaching at the college level.
  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens, who will be enrolled in a full-time graduate program for academic year 2015-2016.
  • Those attending pre-professional (medical, law, divinity, business, etc.) schools are ineligible.
  • Applicants may apply for more than one fellowship in any given academic cycle. For each fellowship sought, applicants must submit separate copies of all components of the application.

Required Application Materials

  • An original, five- to ten-page essay responding to the following question: In your own field of study, how is liberty related to Western Civilization?
  • Headshot
  • One-page outline of prior education, awards, fellowships, and internships
  • Three- to five-page personal, philosophical, and professional autobiography
  • Five- to ten-page academic writing sample
  • Three academic letters of recommendation (Must be sent by the recommender and include the Graduate Fellowships Program Letter of Recommendation Form)
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work (May be mailed by the issuing institution or the applicant)
  • Brief responses to the following four questions:
    • Why the applicant has chosen teaching as a profession
    • Why the applicant desires a fellowship
    • How the applicant heard about the ISI Fellowship Program
    • Signed declaration of intent to teach

Personal philosophical statement and academic writing samples must be 12 point standard font and double spaced.

Application Deadline:
January 14, 2015

The 2015–2016 ISI Graduate Fellows will be announced in April 2015. ISI will notify each applicant by email.

Awards Committee

  • Robert P. George Princeton University
  • James Hankins Harvard University
  • Donald Kagan Yale University
  • Wilfred McClay University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

More Information

For more information on the Graduate Fellowships Program, please e-mail or call (800) 526-7022.