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Honors Program

A transformational intellectual experience for America’s top college students

The ISI Honors Program is a highly selective yearlong fellowship that attracts and educates the nation’s most promising conservative undergraduates.

Apply to the ISI Honors Program

“One of the most formational intellectual experiences I’ve ever had.” 
—Aurora Griffin, Rhodes Scholar

Imagine gathering with top college students from across the nation for an in-depth, weeklong (and all-expenses-paid) summer conference.

Imagine learning from, being mentored by, and forming friendships with leading professors from many different colleges across many disciplines.

Imagine being invited to exclusive weekend seminars.

Imagine forming lifelong friendships with like-minded, intellectually curious students. 

Imagine joining an alumni network that includes scholars, authors, government officials, journalists, attorneys, judges, and more.

Welcome to the ISI Honors Program.

If you’re an undergraduate looking for this kind of intellectual experience and fellowship, apply today for the ISI Honors Program.

This year’s Honors Program will kick off in August with a weeklong conference that explores the principles of liberty through the lens of the question “What is a nation?”

The ISI Honors Program summer conference will be held August 4–10. Can’t make those dates? You may want to consider ISI’s other summer conference, The Principles of Liberty, to be held June 12–16. You’ll find more information on the Principles of Liberty conference here.

Apply to the ISI Honors Program



“I discovered an intellectual home at ISI and made lasting friendships. The Honors Program was life changing.”
Connor Mighell, Baylor University

“I can’t think of another place where I’ve encountered so many high-caliber conservative students.”
Tyler Dobbs, Harvard University

“The students and professors I have met through the Honors Program have been the source of inspiration and conversation that could not be replicated elsewhere.”
Courtney McEachon, Yale University

“ISI’s Honors Program was a life-changing experience. It showed me a whole community of intellectually engaged
conservative students.”
Kevin White, Stony Brook University

“One of the best intellectual experiences of my life.”
Andrew Guernsey, Johns Hopkins University

“Profoundly shaped my intellectual development.”
Heath Tarbert, former associate counsel to the president of the United States

“Participating in ISI’s Honors Program was the highlight of my undergraduate experience.”
Thomas Conerty, Hope College

​“The best experience of my life so far. Everything was perfectly planned and executed to foster an environment where learning and developing lasting relationships were one’s only concerns.”
Alexander Falconer, Regent University