Speechwriters Fellowship

Fall 2019 (dates to be announced) in Washington, DC

The 2019 Speechwriters Fellowship will commence in September and end mid-November. Classes will take place weekly from 6:30-9:30 PM at a metro-accessible location on Capitol Hill. Dinner will be provided.


Application Deadline is Friday, July 26

About the Fellowship
Modeled after our prestigious Lincoln Fellowship, but tailored specifically for speechwriters, the Claremont Institute Speechwriters Fellowship will combine an education in the principles of the American Founding with a study of modern political speech craft. The program format will consist of evening classes once a week for eight weeks. The focus of the first half of the course will be statesmanship and American political rhetoric. These classes will be led primarily by Claremont Faculty members and Senior Fellows. The emphasis of the second half of the course will be the application of studied themes to contemporary speechwriting practices. These courses will be taught by former Presidential speechwriters and government advisors, under the direction of former Reagan White House Speechwriter, Clark Judge.

The Curriculum
Fellows will engage in seminars with our distinguished faculty and discuss important themes like equality and the social compact of the Declaration of Independence; the statesmanship of Abraham Lincoln; the roots of modern Progressivism and Liberalism; and modern Conservatism and natural rights. Students will then take part in workshop-styled courses in which they will work directly with former White House speechwriters, government advisors, and their peers on perfecting the craft of speechwriting. Upon acceptance into the program, fellows will receive a reading packet with designated primary texts and assignments, when applicable, for each course. Stay tuned for faculty announcements and curriculum updates.

Who Should Apply?
Speechwriters currently serving in the executive or legislative branches of federal government. Speechwriters working in the private or non-profit sector may also apply.

Required Information:

  • Personal information
  • Resume
  • Personal statement
  • 2 speeches
  • A writing sample (published or unpublished op-ed)
  • 1-2 recommendations (optional; may be mailed separately)
  • Transcripts (optional)