The Original Publius
In 1787, opponents of the proposed Constitution considered the document flawed or even sinister. Some thought it would move America closer to despotism than democracy. Writing as "Publius," John Jay, James Madison, and Alexander Hamilton took to the pages of New York newspapers to defend the Constitution as more than a "bundle of compromises" and as the best political and institutional arrangement for securing life, liberty, and happiness.
While the opinions found in Publius' work came from years of experience under the Articles of Confederation, they were also the product of sustained reflection on history and politics. Thomas Jefferson remarked that The Federalist was "the best commentary on government, which ever was written." Founded in 1979, the Publius Fellowship was designed to instill in new generations of Americans that same attention to the higher principles of politics.
The Publius Fellowship
Every summer, the Claremont Institute brings together a selective group of promising young conservatives to study the distinctive moral and political principles of the American constitutional order. In over forty intensive daily seminars and relaxed evening symposia, Publius Fellows discuss political philosophy and American government with distinguished scholars. Topics include:
Publius Fellowships are awarded to highly qualified college seniors, recent college graduates, and graduate students pursuing careers in politics, scholarship, journalism, and related fields.
The Claremont Institute extends warm gratitude to Henry Salvatori, Chairman of the Salvatori Foundation, for providing a generous endowment fund to sponsor the Henry Salvatori program for the American Founding. Under this program the Claremont Institute produces publications and holds educational seminars for teachers, students, journalists and business leaders on the principles and practices of free government as understood by America’s Founders.
"It has been frequently remarked that it seems to have been reserved to the people of this country, by their conduct and example, to decide the important question, whether societies of men are really capable or not of establishing good government from reflection and choice, or whether they are forever destined to depend for their political constitutions on accident and force."
"The Publius Fellowship is boot camp for the conservative brain. I've never before learned so much that is so important in so little time."
—Kyle Peterson, Class of 2011