Hamilton National Institute

Applications are now open for the 2020 Hamilton National Institute, to be held between June 1 and June 7. The Hamilton National Institute (HNI) gathers a small number of elite students in Washington, D.C. for a one-week seminar on the foundational framework of Hamiltonian studies. With two classroom sessions per day led by a master teacher and supplemented by guest speakers, the HNI educates students in American Exceptionalism (Dr. Alan Levine), American Grand Strategy (Dr. Aaron Friedberg), and War and Politics (Dr. Kenneth Pollack). In addition, students complete a strategic crisis simulation, as well as numerous briefings with authorities on foreign and defense policy.

This is a fully funded program; housing, most meals, and a travel stipend of $500 are provided.

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Application Instructions

The deadline to apply is Monday, January 27, 2020. Application decisions will be announced on Friday, February 21.

Please upload the following documents in your application (PDF or Word Format only):

- Résumé

- Personal Statement

- Unofficial Transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions, if applicable

- An academic writing sample

- The names and contact information of at least 2 references, preferably professors or employers

Past Instructors & Speakers

Chapter officers meet with Lieutenant General (Ret.) H.R. McMaster at the 2018 Reagan National Defense Forum.
HNI challenges emerging policy professionals in several facets relating to the American international order. Participants learn while engaging with the policy specialists who mold our reality. Altogether, it’s a wonderful opportunity to sharpen your grasp of the concepts that permeate throughout foreign, defense, and economic policy.”
— Michael Sauer, University of Wisconsin ‘21

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HNI gave me the opportunity to learn about some of the most crucial foundations of our nation’s history and policy from the experts and practitioners who shape our role in the world today.”
— Emma Kinghorn, Miami University ‘20