Caledonia Fellowship

Carberry Tower in East Lothian, Scotland.

Caledonia Fellowship

September 10-15, 2023
Carberry Tower, East Lothian, Scotland
Application Deadline: May 20, 2023
Early Action: April 15, 2023


About the Fellowship

The Caledonia 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 Western civilization and culture, with a special emphasis on the thinkers and ideas of the Scottish Enlightenment.

Convened at historic Carberry Tower in East Lothian, Scotland (fifteen minutes outside of Edinburgh), the Caledonia 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
  • Ancient and Modern Political Thought
  • The Moral Foundations of Economic Behavior
  • Tocqueville and Intermediary Institutions
  • Scruton and the Listening Culture
  • Defending Western Civilization
  • The Ethics of Nationalism
  • Building Humane Cities
  • Conservation and Stewardship


Who Should Apply

Intended for recent graduates, graduate students, and young professionals who have demonstrated achievement in their profession or field of study, the Caledonia Fellowship focuses on grounding future leaders in the early stages of their intellectual, academic, and professional development in the ideals of responsible liberty. Residents of the United Kingdom (particularly those from Scotland) 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.


Required Information

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  • Personal contact information: full name, address, phone number, and email
  • Resume or CV
  • Brief personal statement explaining your career plans and why you would make a great participant in this particular program (500 words)
  • Writing sample of no more than 20 pages (may be excerpted from a longer work or comprise several shorter texts)


Supporting Information

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  • 1-2 personal or professional letters of recommendation


Optional Information
  • Official or unofficial transcripts from your educational institution(s)
  • Names of any CSS fellowship alumni or members supporting your application

Distinguished Faculty Include

Mr. Benjamin Crocker is research fellow in music studies at Common Sense Society. He is from North Queensland, Australia, and has taught at the University of Sydney, conducted the Queensland and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras, and conducted new recordings of Percy Grainger’s music for radio broadcast ABC Classic FM Australia Wide.

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. 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.

Dr. James Orr is associate professor of philosophy of religion in the faculty of divinity at the University of Cambridge, a position he took up after four years as McDonald Postdoctoral Fellow in Theology, Ethics, and Public Life at Christ Church, Oxford. He holds a Ph.D. and M.Phil. in philosophy of religion from the University of Cambridge and a B.A. in classics from Balliol College, Oxford. Before entering academia, he worked for several years in corporate law.

Dr. Maria Pia Paganelli is a professor of economics at Trinity University. She is the author of The Routledge Guidebook to Adam Smith’s Wealth of Nations, and co-edited the Oxford Handbook on Adam Smith and Adam Smith and Rousseau. She formerly served as vice president of the History of Economics Society and the book review editor for the Journal of the History of Economic Thought. She is the current president of the International Adam Smith Society, and the president-elect of the History of Economics Society.

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. Jean Yarbrough is a professor of government and the Gary M. Pendy, Sr. Professor of Social Sciences at Bowdoin College. She has twice received research fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities (N.E.H.). She is the author of American Virtues: Thomas Jefferson on the Character of a Free People and Theodore Roosevelt and the American Political Tradition, and editor of The Essential Jefferson. Dr. Yarbrough is also the author of numerous articles and essays in American political thought and public policy, as well as other topics in political philosophy. She recently completed a Senate-confirmed appointment to the N.E.H.’s National Council. In 2021, she was awarded the Henry Salvatori Prize for her scholarly work and public service in upholding the principles of the American Founding.

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