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Fellows Mentors

The mentoring component of our Presidential Fellows Program is a cornerstone of the Fellow’s experience. Each Fellow is matched with a Mentor drawn from the public policy, business and academic communities in and around Washington, DC. Once Mentors receive the two-page proposals of each student in early September, they choose the student(s) with whom they are most interested in working. Mentors help and guide Fellows while they research and write their research papers. Fellows are encouraged to utilize their Mentors by tapping into their wealth of government and public policy experience. In some cases, Mentors continue their relationships with their Fellows once the Fellows have left the program and started their careers. Being a Mentor requires a minimal time commitment and most of a Mentor’s correspondence with their Fellow is over the phone or via electronic communication. Nevertheless, Mentors are invaluable to the Fellows Program and our mission to educate and inspire the next generation of responsible American leaders.

Qualifications of a typical Mentor:

  • Holds an advanced degree in political science, public policy, history, economics, international relations, law, or another pertinent field AND/OR works in a professional field relevent to the paper topics of Presidential Fellows
  • Has access to e-mail, since it is the Fellows’ preferred form of communication.
  • Has the time and makes the effort to communicate with 1-3 Fellows during the year, providing a critique of their first and final drafts.
  • Wants to attend a portion of the Fall Leadership Conference, and, if possible, at least one section of the Spring Conference.

We also encourage our young Fellows alumni to stay involved with the Fellows Program as Counselors.  Counselors attend the Fall and/or the Spring conferences and lead the Fellows' discussion groups on their research papers.


For more information on being a Mentor or Counselor to the Fellows, please contact Jeff Shaffer, Program Director, via This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or at 202-872-9800.