John Quincy Adams Fellowship

John Quincy Adams Fellowship

October 2022 - June 2023
Annapolis, MD; Washington, D.C.; Mt. Vernon, VA

The John Quincy Adams Fellowship is a nine-month-long program that examines the fundamentals of American grand strategy, the realities of great power competition across multiple theaters of conflict, and the asymmetrical foreign threats to freedom and prosperity. Issues explored include isolationism and alliances, foreign commerce and economic warfare, political development and human rights, public diplomacy and strategic influence, as well as means and ends in land, sea, air, cyber, and space.

Intended for mid-career foreign policy professionals who are U.S. citizens, its purpose is to provide participants with the opportunity to explore these issues in cooperation with other similarly situated practitioners under the guidance of leading American economic, diplomatic, military, and intelligence officials.

The program consists of two overnight retreats and a series of monthly off-the-record dinner conversations.


  • October 13-14, 2022 – Opening overnight retreat – Annapolis, MD
  • November 2022 – May 2023Off-the-record dinner conversations will take place on the second Tuesday of each month after working hours (6:00PM-9:00PM ET) – The Jefferson, 1200 16th St., NW, Washington, D.C. 20036
  • June 8-9, 2023 – Closing overnight retreat – Mt. Vernon, VA


The program is unpaid and non-residential, but all materials, accommodations, and meals during the fellowship will be provided by Common Sense Society. Incoming JQA fellows will be responsible for their travel to and from both the opening and closing overnight retreats. 

All materials, with the exception of recommendations, may be emailed as a single PDF attachment to with the subject line “Application to John Quincy Adams Fellowship.” Letters of recommendation may be emailed to the same address or sent via regular post to the address below. (Electronic applications are strongly encouraged.)


ATTN: John Quincy Adams 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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