Fellowships

Common Sense Society fellowships offer recent graduates, graduate students, and young professionals the opportunity to study the principles of liberty, prosperity, and beauty with leading scholars in social, respectful environments.

Fellows will leave CSS programs having learned about our guiding principles, their interdependence, their necessity to a well-lived life, and their enduring place as cornerstones of free, prosperous, and vibrant communities.

In addition to general fellowships, we will also offer specialized fellowships on subjects such as foreign policy and grand strategy. Join us in exploring how these ideas change lives everywhere by applying for a Common Sense Society fellowship.

Carolina Fellowship

Live oaks in the South Carolina Lowcountry.
July 30-August 4, 2023
Montage Palmetto Bluff, Bluffton, SC

The Carolina 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 faculty, fellows explore the foundational principles of the United States in the context of Western civilization.

Convened in beautiful Bluffton, South Carolina, the program serves as a retreat where participants explore the interrelationships that exist between liberty, prosperity, and beauty while acquiring the necessary tools to further their education and become effective leaders in their respective communities and career fields.

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Europa Fellowship

August 20-25, 2023
Károlyi Castle, Fehérvárcsurgó, Hungary

The Europa 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 faculty, fellows explore the foundational principles of liberty, prosperity, and beauty within the context of European culture and our shared civilization.

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.

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Caledonia Fellowship

Carberry Tower in East Lothian, Scotland.
September 10-15, 2023
Carberry Tower, East Lothian, Scotland

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.

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John Quincy Adams Fellowship

October 12-13, 2023 (other dates to be shared with fellows)
Annapolis, MD; Washington, D.C.; Mount Vernon, VA

The John Quincy Adams Fellowship brings together a selective group of advanced foreign policy practitioners who are currently guiding America’s strategic and diplomatic efforts. Over nine months, fellows examine 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.

The program consists of two brief retreats in the DMV area and a series of monthly off-the-record dinner conversations in Washington, D.C. 

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Founders’ Foreign Policy Fellowship

The U.S.S. Constitution in Tripoli during the Barbary Wars.
Summer 2024
Mount Vernon, VA; Monticello, VA; Montpelier, VA; Philadelphia, PA; New York, NY; and Boston, MA

The Founders’ Foreign Policy Fellowship brings together a selective group of aspiring foreign policy professionals seeking to guide America into a secure and prosperous future. Over five days of intensive seminars with renowned faculty, fellows examine the distinctive moral and political principles of U.S. statecraft as understood by its Founders.

Convened at historic locations—including Mount Vernon, Monticello, Montpelier, the National Constitution Center, the Alexander Hamilton Custom House, Fraunces Tavern, and the Old South Meeting House—the program provides a total immersion experience, enabling participants to wrestle with the dilemmas of statecraft and to tread the same ground as Washington, Jefferson, Madison, Franklin, Jay, Hamilton, and Adams.

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Britannia Fellowship

The gardens of the Bowood House in the United Kingdom.
September 1-6, 2024
Bowood House, United Kingdom

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.

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