Because applications are reviewed and accepted on a rolling basis, we encourage you to apply as early as possible. Those who apply early will receive first consideration for both admission and scholarship decisions as well as internship placement. Many internship placements are very competitive, so the earlier you are admitted, the greater your chance of receiving a top internship placement.
December 5, 2017: Early Application Deadline (Apply by this date to receive a 5% discount on your tuition balance)
January 22, 2018: International Student Application Deadline (please click here for special application instructions)
February 7, 2018: Priority Application Deadline for Scholarships
March 13, 2018: Final Application Deadline
April 4, 2018: Special Extended Deadline
To qualify for a deadline, you must submit the online application form by 11:59PM eastern time on the deadline. All supporting materials must also be received by the deadline.
All applicants are required to complete the online application available by clicking here. In addition to the online application, there are supplemental materials that must be sent via mail, email or fax using the contact information below. Please keep in mind that your application will not be passed on to the Admissions Committee for review until all of the required materials have been received.
All programs require an official transcript, letter of recommendation and a $25 application fee. Please see the application checklist below for institute-specific instructions.
U.S. Programs Admissions Committee
The Fund for American Studies
1621 New Hampshire Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20009
Please click the links below for pdf versions of the application material checklists for each institute as well as special instructions for international students:
Institute on Comparative Political and Economic Systems
Institute on Economics and International Affairs
Institute on Business and Government Affairs
Institute on Political Journalism
Institute on Philanthropy and Voluntary Service
Leadership and the American Presidency
International Students – Special Instructions
All participants must view and sign The Fund for American Studies program policies upon enrollment. This includes the Attendance Agreement that is included in the online enrollment form as well as a code of conduct agreement upon their arrival. Please click on the link below to view the policies for the summer undergraduate institutes, including terms of final payment, refunds, withdrawals and student participation.