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Application Procedure & Deadlines


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Application Deadlines

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.

January 15, 2019: Leadership Scholars Program (Full Scholarships) + International Student Application Deadline (please click here for special application instructions)

February 12, 2019: Priority Application Deadline for Scholarships

March 12, 2019: Final Application 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.

Application Instructions

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 below for the application checklist.

U.S. Programs Admissions Committee
The Fund for American Studies
1621 New Hampshire Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20009
Phone: 202.986.0384
Fax: 202.318.0441

 Application Checklist

Please below for a pdf version of the application material checklist as well as special instructions for international students:

Summer Undergraduate Programs Application Checklist
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 programs, including terms of final payment, refunds, withdrawals and student participation.

Summer Undergraduate Program Policies

Costs & Scholarships


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Program Costs

Students enrolled in a summer undergraduate program are required to take the three-credit core class associated with their program. Participants in the 8-week programs may opt to enroll in one or two elective courses, earning either six or nine credits in total. Course descriptions may be found in the Academics section of each program page.

Participants may also choose between two housing options. Please view the housing section of the program pages for descriptions of the accommodations.

3-Credit Option: Includes tuition and housing in District House - Affinity Units (8 weeks): $7,750

6-Credit Option: Includes tuition and housing in District House - Affinity Units (8 weeks): $8,950

9-Credit Option: Includes tuition and housing in District House - Affinity Units (8 weeks): $10,150

**A deposit of $750 is due three weeks after acceptance. The remainder of the tuition balance is due April 1.

Optional Premium housing in District House - Studio Double: $440

Estimate of living costs (actual costs will vary and are not included in the program costs): 

Books and supplies: $200
Food: $1,000 (depending on personal preferences)
Transportation around Washington: $350 (Metro train and bus fare)
Personal expenses: $250 (Entertainment, etc.)
Transportation to Washington: Based on distance from Washington and type of travel


The Fund for American Studies strives to make its programs accessible and affordable to the best and brightest students regardless of financial status. Scholarship funding is awarded based on a combination of factors including:

  • Financial Need
  • Academic Excellence
  • Extracurricular Achievement
  • Leadership Activities

Approximately 70% of students receive scholarship funding through TFAS. Our scholarships for the summer undergraduate programs typically range from $500 to $4,500. There are full scholarships available through our Leadership Scholars Program. Please click here for more information.

If you would like to apply for a scholarship, please plan to submit your scholarship materials at the time of application submission. The following materials must be submitted through your online application, mail, email ( or fax (202.318.0441):

  • A 250-word statement explaining your need for a scholarship. (Must be uploaded into your online application through the application system)
  • Federal Student Aid Report (SAR) or Tax Return
  • Financial Aid Award Summary & Grant/Scholarship Award Letter (if applicable)

For a detailed explanation of these required personal financial materials click here.

Tisdale Fellowship Scholarship


The Fellowship provides a full scholarship of $8,950 to attend the Business and Government Relations program track as well as a $1,000 stipend. Through the program track, Tisdale Fellows will be placed with a high-tech company, firm or trade association, take two classes worth six credits from George Mason University, and live in furnished apartments on George Washington University’s downtown campus. Fellows will also attend weekly issues seminar lunches hosted by Tisdale sponsors, as well as briefings at institutions such as the U.S. Capitol, Department of State, World Bank and Federal Reserve.

Program Components


One principal feature is an eight-week internship from June 8 – August 2 in the government relations office of a leading high technology company or association.  Fellows will be notified in mid to late April of their placement.  Intern sponsors provide mentoring, hands-on experience and valuable high-tech public policy training.  Fellows have an opportunity to observe the development and advocacy of significant policy issues in Congress, the Administration and industry associations. They also have the opportunity to participate in projects of their own, focusing on current critical issues facing the tech sector.

Courses for Credit

As students in the Business and Government Relations program track, Tisdale Fellows will be enrolled in two courses worth six academic credits from George Mason University.

The comprehensive nature of the summer program gives students the academic background necessary to develop into a future policymaker or business leader of tomorrow. The program’s academic goal is to educate students about the dynamic business/government relationship and the importance of businesses representing their interests before Congress.

All students will be enrolled in one required economics course. Tisdale Fellows may then choose one of five elective courses for a total of six credits.

Issues Seminar 

Another main element of the fellowship is a weekly issues seminar organized with the assistance of the sponsoring companies, firms and associations. Expert speakers lead discussions of current public policy issues in Washington and the methods the high technology industry uses for effective advocacy.

Past topics include:

  • Global electronic commerce
  • Protection of privacy
  • Digital intellectual property protection
  • Biotechnology issues
  • Educational technology policy
  • Health Information Technology
  • Dell Thurmond Woodard lecture on diversity and ethics

The seminars give Fellows an opportunity to reflect on the appropriate role industry advocacy can have on public policy making at the Federal level. Conducted over lunch, the seminars also provide a weekly venue for fellows to meet and compare notes on their experiences. Fellows also are encouraged, through a variety of events and discussions, to reflect on how growing high technology affects society, culture and the global economy.  The goal of the Fellowship is to create a supportive and collegial environment in which a new class of public policy professionals will be mentored to help ensure that the high-tech industry continues to have highly capable and well-trained individuals in both policy advocacy and senior management positions.

Woodard Fellowship


The Dell Thurmond Woodard Fellowship was established in 2007 as an additional grant/internship opportunity within the Tisdale Fellowship. The Tisdale Fellowship is a high-tech public policy summer internship program in Washington, D.C. The Dell Fellowship was created in memory of the late Thurmond Woodard, Dell’s former vice president of global diversity and the chief ethics, privacy and compliance officer.

Those interested should use the Eben Tisdale Fellowship Application and follow the instructions for submitting an additional essay on ethics and diversity. The Dell Thurmond Woodard Fellowship grant recipient will participate in the same program as those in the Tisdale Fellowship – an eight-week internship and weekly high-tech policy seminars.