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Gary L. McDowell Institute
2020-21 Student Fellows Program  

The Gary L. McDowell Institute at the Jepson School of Leadership Studies is currently accepting applications for the 2020-21 Student Fellows Program.

True to the principles that inspire the McDowell Institute, the program seeks to engage ideas across the ideological spectrum, including conservative, liberal, and libertarian ideas, and is designed to enrich the intellectual experience of students interested in political, social, and economic thought.  The Institute expects 10-12 fellows for the 2020-21 academic year.

Fellows will take part in a co-curricular reading group focused on Yuval Levin’s A Time to Build (New York: Basic Books, 2020). Levin, who earned a B.A. from American University and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, is currently Director of Social, Cultural, and Constitutional Studies at the American Enterprise Institute. In A Time to Build, he argues that, in the midst of the social crisis confronting America today, “Now is not the time to tear down, but rather to build and rebuild by committing ourselves to the institutions around us.”

Fellows will explore enduring questions raised by the text and apply insights to contemporary issues in virtual discussions facilitated by Dr. Kevin Cherry, Associate Professor of Political Science. In the spring semester, fellows will host an invited guest scholar for private academic discussion and a public webinar event. 

Interested students should submit by email a statement of interest in the Fellows Program and the name of a University of Richmond faculty member who is willing to serve as a reference to Dr. Daniel Palazzolo, Co-Director of the Gary L. McDowell Institute, at A selection committee consisting of Dr. Palazzolo, Dr. Cherry, and Dr. Terry Price, Co-Director of the McDowell Institute will begin reviewing applications on Monday, October 12.