Washington, D.C. Fellowship

An Inside Look at our Nation’s Capital

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.


For 2024, the program will run from the afternoon of Sunday, March 10th through Friday, March 15th, over Yale’s Spring Break.

The Buckley Institute is grateful to the Paul Bremer Fellowship Fund and the Mark Palmer Fellowship Fund for assisting in covering the costs for students to join the annual trip to Washington, D.C.

Past Speakers

  • Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh
  • Senator Ted Cruz
  • Mary Katherine Ham
  • Guy Benson
  • Senator Ben Sasse
  • Senator Rand Paul
  • George Will
  • Peter Berkowitz
  • Scott Walker

Upcoming Washington D.C. Fellowship

Applications are not currently being accepted at this time.

For any questions, contact madeleine@buckleyinstitute.com.

Buckley Fellows walk the Capitol grounds during the annual trip to Washington, DC

“It is a true insider look. Being able to learn about the operation of capitol hill, senate committees, the think tank world, and political journalism was a rare and valuable experience.”

— Putt Punyagupta '23

“This trip may just be the best outside-funded program at Yale.”

— Aron Ravin '24

“The trips, diversity of events, networking opportunities, spaces for debate, and creative outreach managed by the organization are unparalleled and have transformed my experience at Yale so far.”

— Axel de Vernou '25

“I don’t think that I will ever be able to articulate the profound impact that this trip had on my life and the level of gratitude that I feel toward the Buckley program. What an incredible, unparalleled experience.”

— Axel de Vernou '25