Open discourse on and off-campus.

View upcoming opportunities provided by the Buckley Institute and its partners. Become a Buckley Fellow, apply for summer internship, or join the discourse with our essay contest.

The Washington Fellowship is an exclusive, fully-funded opportunity for a select group of Buckley Fellows to spend a week in Washington D.C. meeting with government officials, members of Congress, judges, think tank scholars, journalists, and the people who make the nation’s capital run.

Taught by experts in their field, our multi-day seminars allow students the opportunity to have intensive and fruitful academic engagement with topics and thinkers often neglected in their Yale classrooms. Through these multi-day seminars, the Buckley Institute helps fill the gaps in the Yale curriculum.

Each year, the Buckley Institute sponsors two essay contests: one for Yale undergraduates and one for American high school students. The winners receive monetary awards and an invitation to our annual conference.

This prize recognizes a Yale faculty member who actively fosters intellectual diversity for students in and out of the classroom. Nominations will be accepted until March 9, 2023.

This highly competitive summer internship program links talented Yale students with enriching summer opportunities and a living stipend. We've sponsored Yale students at National Review, the Manhattan Institute, Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation, Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, and other notable institutions.

“I think that the overall intellectual and political climate on campus is great, but this is clearly the result of the presence of the Buckley Institute and its programing. It serves as a reminder of the diversity of political and social viewpoints and absolutely encourages debate and discussion on campus.”

— Felse Kyle ’26

“The Buckley Institute … proves that it is possible to succeed and thrive as conservatives.”

— Trevor MacKay ’25

“Buckley provides like-minded students an outlet to discuss centrist ideas.”

— Nicholas Surdel ’25

“My favorite experience was the Disinvitation Dinner in NYC. This was what opened my eyes to the essence of the Buckley Institute in the first place.”

— Noah Riley ’25

“The Lincoln seminar was really interesting, and I feel like I’ve appreciated it more as time has passed.”

— Manav Singh’ 25

“The exposure I’ve had to the issue because of Buckley opportunities—a summer internship, talks with leading politicians such as Governor Chris Sununu, and dinners with heterodox thinkers like Bari Weiss, to name a few—has helped me find and become more confident in my voice.”

— Libby Snowden ’24

“I actually have sorority friends who are super liberal but were really excited to come to the Ted Cruz event. And I think that is an exciting part of Buckley, that you can just get people who are interested in politics, liberal or moderate, to just have a place to actually hear these ideas that I never heard before.”

— Julia Zrihen ’24

“I saw these Buckley Program speakers coming through and they clearly represent a totally different worldview. I would just go to these talks and I would meet these incredibly thoughtful people who would be able to defend positions that I had never heard really defended properly before.”

— Alex Hu ’23

“It’s just what you go to college for. You’re supposed to kick the tires on a lot of ideas, get exposed to a lot of perspectives.”

— Harry Graver ’14