Britannia Fellowship

The gardens of the Bowood House in the United Kingdom.

Britannia Fellowship

Bowood House, United Kingdom

About the Fellowship

The Britannia Fellowship brings together a selective group of professionals committed to preserving and advancing the principles of liberty, prosperity, and beauty. Over six days of intensive seminars with renowned scholars, fellows explore the foundational principles of European culture and a free society.

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.


Sample Topics

  • The First Principles of Liberty
  • Constitutionalism, Law, and Democracy
  • Economics, Free Enterprise, and Voluntary Exchange
  • Civic Engagement and Volunteerism
  • The Nature of Human Rights
  • Foreign Policy and National Sovereignty
  • International Affairs and Security Issues
  • Religion and Society
  • Architecture and Urban Planning
  • Leadership Virtues and Skills
  • Green Philosophy and Conservation
  • Musicology and Art


Who Should Apply

Intended for recent graduates, graduate students, and young professionals 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. Residents of the United Kingdom and the greater Commonwealth are encouraged to apply, as are residents of Europe and North America with personal, professional, or intellectual ties to the region.

All materials, accommodations, and meals are provided during the program. Fellows are responsible for all other expenses related to their participation, including transportation to and from the venue.

The Britannia Fellowship convened in 2021 and 2022 and is not currently accepting applications.

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Past Faculty Has Included

Ms. Katharine Birbalsingh CBE is the founder and headmistress of Michaela Community School, a 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 is the author of several books; her most recent, The Power of Culture, was published in 2020. Her work and pedagogy is analyzed in the 2022 Michaela documentary, The Strictest Headmistress in Britain. She is also chair of the Social Mobility Commission and was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2020 Birthday Honours.

Mr. Benjamin Crocker is academic programs manager at UATX in Austin, Texas, and since 2022, has been research fellow in music studies at Common Sense Society. He is from North Queensland, Australia, and most recently taught at the King’s School in Sydney. Ben has lectured and guest conducted at the University of Sydney and recorded for nationwide radio broadcast at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. In 2021, he was appointed as an inaugural Ramsay Centre for Western Civilisation scholar to Washington, D.C. His columns have been published by The Spectator, The Federalist, and Australia’s Quadrant magazine.

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.”

Prof. Niall Ferguson is the Milbank Family Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, a senior fellow at Harvard University’s Center for European Studies, and the Diller-von Fustenburg Family Foundation Distinguished Scholar at the Nitze School of Advanced International Studies. He has authored over twenty books, including Doom: The Politics of Catastrophe and Civilization: The West and the Rest, and has received numerous awards including an Emmy, the Council on Foreign Relations’ Arthur Ross Prize, the Benjamin Franklin Prize for Public Service, the Hayek Prize for Lifetime Achievement, and the Ludwig Erhard Prize for Economic Journalism. He is the founder and managing director of Greenmantle LLC, an advisory firm, and serves on the board of Affiliated Managers Group.

Dr. Juliana Geran Pilon is a senior fellow at the Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization. The author of eight books, including The Utopian Conceit and the War on Freedom and Why America is Such a Hard Sell: Beyond Pride and Prejudice, she has published over two hundred articles and reviews and makes frequent appearances on radio and television. Over three decades, she has also taught at the National Defense University, George Washington University, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, the Institute of World Politics, and currently at American University.

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 the American Future and American Awakening: Identity Politics and Other Afflictions of Our Time.

Mr. John O’Sullivan is a journalist, author, lecturer and broadcaster. He is president of the Danube Institute in Budapest; assistant editor of the Hungarian Review; international editor of Sydney’s Quadrant Magazine; co-founder of Twenty-first Century Initiatives, a Washington, D.C. think tank; a fellow of the National Review Institute; and the founder and co-chairman of the New Atlantic Initiative. He served as a special adviser to British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, was the former executive editor of Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty in Prague, and a vice-president of the RFERL Corporation, as well as editor-in-chief of National Review.

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. Aaron Rhodes is a senior fellow at Common Sense Society and the president of the Forum for Religious Freedom-Europe, an independent nongovernmental organization. He previously served as the executive director of the International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights. He is the author of The Debasement of Human Rights: How Politics Sabotage the Ideal of Freedom.

Dr. David C. Rose is a senior fellow at Common Sense Society and a professor of economics at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He is also a member of the Missouri Advisory Committee of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission. He is widely published on these and other topics, including business ethics, E.S.G. investment and management, global warming, and monetary policy. In 2008, Dr. Rose 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. His most recent book, Why Culture Matters Most, was published by Oxford University Press. Dr. Rose 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, Washington Examiner, The Washington Times, and The Christian Science Monitor on topics ranging from freedom of speech, social security, monetary policy, fiscal policy, judicial philosophy, education reform, and healthcare reform. He received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Virginia and his B.S. from Southwest Missouri State University.

Dr. Michael Ward is a member of the faculty of theology and religion at the University of Oxford and professor of apologetics at Houston Baptist University. He is the author of the award-winning book, Planet Narnia: The Seven Heavens in the Imagination of C.S. Lewis, co-editor of The Cambridge Companion to C.S. Lewis, and presenter of the BBC television documentary, The Narnia Code. His latest book is After Humanity: A Guide to C.S. Lewis’s The Abolition of Man.

With Performances By

Mr. Malcolm Archer has been an organist and director of music at three English cathedrals: Bristol, Wells, and St. Paul’s. He is also a conductor, composer, organist, pianist, and harpsichordist who has given solo concerts across the world, including tours in the U.S., Canada, New Zealand, and Europe. He has recorded with labels including Warner Classics, Hyperion, Lammas, and Convivium. He studied at the Royal College of Music and was an Organ Scholar at Jesus College Cambridge.

Dr. Jessica Miskelly is a violinist and concertmaster who has performed in the U.S., China, and Europe. She has a D.M.A. in violin performance from the University of Kentucky and has spent summers studying and performing in North Carolina, Hungary, Prague, Beijing, and London. 

Mr. Alexander Simpson is a versatile countertenor whose recent operatic roles include Nireno in Giulio Cesare, Cowslip in Fairy Queen, Athamas in Semele, Arsace in Partenope, Arcane in Teseo, and Refugee in Flight. He frequently collaborates with ArtHouse Jersey, Venice Music Project, and the Phoenix Ensemble in Israel. He holds degrees in music from St. John’s College, Cambridge and the Royal Academy Opera.

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