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.

Founders’ Foreign Policy Fellowship

The U.S.S. Constitution in Tripoli during the Barbary Wars.
June 5 - 9, 2022
Mount Vernon, VA; Monticello, VA; Montpelier, VA; Philadelphia, PA; New York, N.Y.; and Boston, MA

From June 5 - 9, 2022, Common Sense Society convened the Founders’ Foreign Policy Fellowship—a five-day-long intensive series of seminars that examined the distinctive moral and political principles of U.S. statecraft as understood by its Founders.

Intended for recent college graduates and early-to-mid career professionals with an interest in foreign policy broadly understood, its purpose was to provide participants with an understanding of what the Founding Fathers envisioned as the role of America in the world, and to connect that timeless vision to the contemporary national security, commercial, and human rights policy issues we face today.

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Teacher Seminar

July 17 - 22, 2022
Boca Raton, FL

The Common Sense Society Teacher Seminar comprised two consecutive three-day-long programs (July 17 – 19 and 20 – 22) that explored the foundational principles of Western civilization and culture, and introduced educators to high-quality supplemental resources for use in their classrooms.

Intended especially for middle school, high school, and home school educators seeking to cultivate higher levels of civic literacy as a means of creating a patriotic and engaged American citizenry, the program’s purpose was to explain how free market democracies work, why they are the most effective way ever devised to promote the common good, and why only free market democracy is consistent with advancing and preserving the freedom of all individuals, as well as the lessons learned from the experience of collectivist and totalitarian systems.

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Carolina Fellowship

Live oaks in the South Carolina Lowcountry.
July 31 - August 5, 2022
Montage Palmetto Bluff, Bluffton, S.C.

From July 31 – August 5, 2022, Common Sense Society convened the Carolina Fellowship—a six-day-long intensive series of seminars that explored the foundational principles of the United States in the context of Western civilization.

Intended for recent graduates, graduate students, and young professionals from North America who have demonstrated leadership potential, its purpose was to ground future leaders in the ideals of responsible liberty at an early stage of their academic and professional development.

Convened in beautiful Bluffton, South Carolina, the program served as a retreat where participants explored 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

Károlyi Castle in Fehérvárcsurgó, Hungary.
August 21 - 26, 2022
Károlyi Castle, Fehérvárcsurgó, Hungary

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.

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Britannia Fellowship

The gardens of the Bowood House in the United Kingdom.
September 4 - 9, 2022
Bowood House, United Kingdom

The Britannia Fellowship is a six-day-long intensive seminar series that explores the foundational principles of European civilization and a free society.

Intended for recent graduates, graduate students, and young professionals from the United Kingdom, Europe, and North America 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.

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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John Quincy Adams Fellowship

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

Common Sense Society's 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.

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Caledonia Fellowship

Carberry Tower in East Lothian, Scotland.
Coming in 2023
Carberry Tower, East Lothian, Scotland

Common Sense Society's Caledonia Fellowship is a six-day long intensive seminar series that explores the foundational principles of Western civilization and culture, with a special emphasis on the thinkers and ideas of the Scottish Enlightenment.

Intended for recent graduates, graduate students, and young professionals from the United Kingdom (particularly those from Scotland), Europe, and North America who have demonstrated their leadership potential, 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.

Convened at historic Carberry Tower in East Lothian, Scotland (just 15 minutes from 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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