Europa Fellowship

Károlyi Castle in Fehérvárcsurgó, Hungary.

Europa Fellowship

August 21 - 26, 2022
Károlyi Castle, Fehérvárcsurgó, Hungary
Application deadline: Tuesday, May 31, 2022


The Europa Fellowship is a six-day-long intensive seminar series that explores the foundational principles of liberty, prosperity, and beauty within the context of European culture and our shared civilization.

Intended for recent graduates, graduate students, and young professionals who have demonstrated their leadership potential, the Europa Fellowship focuses on grounding future leaders in the early stages of their academic and professional development in the ideals of responsible liberty.

Convened in the beautiful Károlyi Castle of Fehérvárcsurgó, Hungary, the Europa 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:

  • Civic Engagement and Volunteerism
  • First Principles of Liberty
  • Constitutionalism, Law, and Democracy
  • The Nature of Human Rights
  • Economics, Free Enterprise, and Voluntary Exchange
  • Foreign Policy and National Sovereignty
  • International Affairs and Security Issues
  • Religion and Society
  • Architecture, Art, and Beauty
  • Leadership Virtues and Skills
  • Central European History and Politics

Distinguished Faculty Include

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 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.

Prof. Ferenc Hörcher is head of the Research Institute of Politics and Government of the  University of Public Service, Hungary, and a senior research fellow of the Institute of Philosophy of the József Eötvös Research Network, Hungary. He is a political philosopher and a historian of political thought. His last book publications include: A Political Philosophy of Conservatism and A Political Philosophy of Conservatism. Prudence, Moderation and Tradition.

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.

Dr. Pythagoras Petratos is a lecturer at the SAID Business School at the University of Oxford. He is a visiting fellow at Buckingham University and a visiting professor at the University of Thessaly. One of his main research interests lies in defense policy and economics and particularly the economics and financing of information security.

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.

With Key Performances By

Dr. László Stachó works at the Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest, and at the University of Szeged. Over the past few years, he has been involved in a countrywide planning of music education curricula across Hungary. As a pianist and chamber musician, he has performed in several European countries and the U.S.


All materials, with the exception of recommendations and transcripts, may be emailed as a single PDF attachment to with the subject line “Application to Europa 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: Europa Fellowship
Common Sense Society
1455 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Suite 400
Washington, D.C. 20004


Questions regarding the fellowship can be directed to Vice President of Education Dr. Murray Bessette at


For more information about our other fellowship opportunities, visit here.

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