The Britannia Fellowship is a six-day-long intensive seminar series that explores the foundational principles of European culture and a free society.
Intended for recent graduates, graduate students, and young professionals from the United Kingdom, Europe, and North America who have demonstrated achievement in their profession or field of study, the Britannia Fellowship focuses on grounding future leaders in the early stages of their academic and professional development in the ideals of responsible liberty.
Convened at the Bowood House in the United Kingdom, the Britannia Fellowship provides an opportunity for participants to explore the interrelationships among liberty, prosperity, and beauty while acquiring the necessary tools to further their education and become effective leaders in their respective communities and career fields.
During the program, fellows will explore topics such as:
Ms. Katharine Birbalsingh is the founder and headmistress of Michaela Community School, a free school (charter school) established in Wembley Park, London. She has been identified as among the twenty most influential figures in British education, and was awarded the Contrarian Prize. She was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2020 Birthday Honours.
Theodore Dalrymple (the pen name of Dr. Anthony Daniels) is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute and a contributing editor of City Journal. He is a retired physician who, most recently, practiced in a British inner-city hospital and prison. Denis Dutton, editor of Arts & Letters Daily, called Dalrymple the “Orwell of our time.”
Dr. Robin Dunbar is head of the Social and Evolutionary Neuroscience Research Group in the Department of Experimental Psychology at the University of Oxford. An anthropologist, evolutionary psychologist, specialist in primate behavior, he is best known for formulating Dunbar’s number, a measurement of the “cognitive limit to the number of individuals with whom any one person can maintain stable relationships.”
Dr. Juliana Geran Pilon is a senior fellow at the Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization in Clinton, New York. For many years, she was a professor of politics and culture and director of the Center for Culture and Security at the Institute of World Politics in Washington, D.C. She is author of eight books and over 200 articles on international affairs and philosophy.
Dr. Joshua Mitchell is a senior fellow at Common Sense Society and a professor of political theory at Georgetown University. He has also been chairman of the government department and associate dean of faculty affairs at Georgetown University in Qatar. He has published several books including The Fragility of Freedom: Tocqueville on Religion, Democracy, and American Awakening: Identity Politics and Other Afflictions of Our Time.
Mr. John O’Sullivan is the president of the Danube Institute, a think tank based in Budapest, Hungary and a member of the board of advisors for the Global Panel Foundation, an NGO that works behind the scenes in crisis areas around the world. O’Sullivan served as vice president and executive editor of Radio Free Europe and was editor of the Australian monthly magazine Quadrant.
The Hon. Jon Parrish Peede is a senior fellow at Common Sense Society, the visiting writer in residence at Mississippi Valley State University, a public HBCU institution, and the former chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities. As chairman, he awarded more than $500 million to universities, museums, libraries, scholars, and cultural nonprofits nationwide. He is the co-editor of Inside the Church of Flannery O’Connor: Sacrament, Sacramental, and the Sacred in Her Fiction. He has been interviewed by The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, The New York Times, Stars & Stripes, Inside Higher Education, NPR, Bloomberg Radio, BBC, CSPAN, PBS, and other media outlets. He completed his B.S. at Vanderbilt University and M.A. at the University of Mississippi.
Dr. Roger Pilon is the founding director of the Robert A. Levy Center for Constitutional Studies, the inaugural holder of the B. Kenneth Simon Chair in Constitutional Studies, the founding publisher of the Cato Supreme Court Review, and vice president for legal affairs at the Cato Institute. Prior to joining Cato, Pilon held five senior posts in the Reagan administration.
Dr. David Rose is a senior fellow at Common Sense Society and professor of economics at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. His primary areas of research interest are behavioral economics, political economy, and organization theory. In 2008, he received the St. Louis Business Journal’s Economic Educator of the year award. His book, The Moral Foundation of Economic Behavior was selected as one of CHOICE’s outstanding titles of 2012 and was nominated for the Hayek Book Prize. He frequently contributes to policy debates through radio and television interviews as well as in op-eds in outlets such as the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, The Word on Business, The School Choice Advocate, Forbes, The Washington Times, and The Christian Science Monitor. He received his Ph.D. in economics in 1987 from the University of Virginia and his B.S. from Southwest Missouri State University.
Dr. Michael Ward is senior research fellow at Blackfriars Hall, University of Oxford, and professor of apologetics at HBU. He was resident warden of The Kilns, Lewis’s Oxford home, from 1996 to 1999 and is also the author of the award-winning Planet Narnia: The Seven Heavens in the Imagination of C.S. Lewis and co-editor of The Cambridge Companion to C.S. Lewis. He studied English at Oxford, theology at Cambridge, and has a Ph.D. in divinity from St Andrews.
All materials, with the exception of recommendations and transcripts, may be emailed as a single PDF attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Application to Britannia Fellowship.” Letters of recommendation and official transcripts may be emailed to the same address or sent via regular post to the address below. (Electronic applications are strongly encouraged.)
ATTN: Britannia Fellowship
Common Sense Society
1455 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20004
Questions regarding the fellowship can be directed to Vice President of Education Dr. Murray Bessette at email@example.com.