Széll Kálmán Public Policy Fellowships: Summer and Fall



The Fall and Summer 2019 Széll Kálmán Public Policy Fellowships funded by The  Hungary Foundation organized by The Fund for American Studies is a full scholarship for students from Hungary to participate in TFAS’ Capital Semester Program on Leadership and the American Presidency (LTAP) and TFAS’ Summer Programs in Washington DC.

The 8 week (summer) or 15 week (fall) program includes an internship placement in Washington DC, academic credit from George Mason University, housing on George Mason University’s Campus or on the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Washington, DC a variety of guest lectures and briefings, as well as opportunities for professional development and networking. 

The scholarship covers full tuition and a living stipend for the duration of the program for Hungarian participants.

Live, Learn, Intern in Washington DC

LIVE: Housing in historic furnished apartments in the Capitol Hill neighborhood, the oldest residential neighborhood in DC. Just blocks from the US Capitol, the Library of Congress, and the Supreme Court.

LEARN: Academic courses in international economics and government with academic credit through George Mason University. GMU was recently named one of the top 100 research universities in the U.S. by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. Classes are held in state-of-the-art facilities at George Mason University’s Arlington campus, conveniently located just four Metro stops away from student housing.

INTERN: Internships for approximately 30 hours per week with public policy groups, non profit organizations, and think tanks throughout the Washington area. Each site is accessible to public transportation, making it easy to get from home to work to class and back again.

CONNECT: Site briefings at key Washington institutions, guest lectures featuring policy experts, networking events with experts in journalism, business, public policy, international affairs and the nonprofit sector who engage students in weekly dialogues held on campus and at locations such as the World Bank and Capitol Hill.

Scholarship and Application Information

The Széll Kálmán Public Policy Fellowship, through the support of the Hungary Foundation is a full scholarship covering program tuition and housing, health insurance and living stipend to go toward meals and personal expenses while in the United States. The opportunity is open for young Hungarian citizens currently enrolled at a Hungarian university or recent graduates. Students pursuing or having just completed Bachelor’s or Master’s degrees.

All students must complete the online application available at

Questions regarding the programs or the application process may be directed Mary Stankus, Recruitment and Admissions Director, at or 202-986-0384.

Special Requirements for Hungarian Students

Hungarian students accepted into the program under the scholarship will be required to complete supplementary reading prior to their arrival and participate in extracurricular discussions focusing American government and the history of Hungarian-American relations. Upon the successful completion of the program,

The scholarship is named after former Hungarian prime minister, finance minister, and member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Széll Kálmán, whose governing philosophy and motto was “law, rights and truth.”

For application deadlines please refer to our ‘applications now open’ here (link landing page), or Call For Applications posts in the news section.


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