The program was first started in 1970 and since then over 1,500 alumni have completed the program.
Bowdoin's CSPC Thomas R. Pickering Presidential Fellow will:
- engage in monthly virtual seminars in the evenings on topics related to research or the research writing process. Alternatively, monthly meetings may include presentations from external speakers on topics ranging from how to run for office to policy issues.
- write a ten- to fifteen-page research paper on the key issues of the past, present and/or future as they relate to the Presidency and Congress. To assist in the writing of this paper, fellows will be paired with an alum of the CSPC Presidential Fellowship program who will serve as a mentor but are also expected to be guided by a faculty member at their home institution.
- travel to Washington, D.C. for a multi-day leadership conference in March or April.
- present their research at the leadership conference and be eligible to receive one of five monetary awards for their papers while competing for publication in CSPC’s journal, The Fellows Review.
- have the chance to network with peers from across the globe through the International Presidential Fellows program.
- attend special in-person events like CSPC’s Annual Awards Dinner, which is held each spring in Washington, D.C. and honors leading public servants.