Fielding Fellows Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What do the Fielding Fellows do?

A: Fielding Fellows study presidential leadership and promote the value of governmental service and civic engagement. They attend a variety of events including dinners with current and past government leaders. They have the opportunity to visit and study at presidential libraries. Fellows also submit opinion pieces to The Cupola literary magazine. All programming originates from the Fellows themselves, thus those students involved have the opportunity to help steer this Fellowship in multiple exciting and relevant directions.

Q: Is this only open to Seniors?

A: Yes

Q: Do I have to be a Political Science Major?

A: No! All majors are welcome, though you need to have completed at least one Presidency-related class through the Political Science department prior to applying to the Fellowship.

Q: Are there any prerequisite classes?

A: Applicants need to have successfully completed one or more of the following classes focused on the American Presidency - specifically FYS 107, PS 224, or PS 324.

Q: What is the relevance of the American Presidency classes?

A: The Fielding Fellowship focuses solely on the presidency and related issue areas such as national security, domestic policy, and congressional/judicial relationships. While the scope of an American president is quite broad, the program is rooted in the study of the American presidency and an interest in the Executive branch is necessary. 

Q: How much does it cost?

A: There is no program fee. All trip logistics (hotels/transportation) are generally paid, though each Fellow may be responsible for some expenses.   

Q: What is the time commitment?

A: The time commitment can vary based on upcoming events. The level of access Fellows are given to prominent political leaders is significant, thus a certain amount of respect and flexibility on behalf of the Fellows is expected. There are weekly meetings during lunch (Tuesdays, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM) which all Fellows are required to attend. During trips (such as to D.C. for the evening or on a longer trip over a weekend), Fellows are expected to work with their schedules and adjust accordingly.

Q: Can I still participate in other Gettysburg activities and organizations?

A: Yes! Most Fielding Fellows are involved in other campus activities.

Q: What happens if I have a class or other obligation during a Fielding Fellows activity?

A: Class is always the first priority. If you have an event other than a class that would conflict, you should contact Eisenhower Institute staff in advance to let them know. We ask that the Fielding Fellowship activities be a top priority, but if there is a valid reason for missing an activity, it should be able to be excused.

Q: Can I work at the Eisenhower Institute or hold another job while also being a Fielding Fellow?

A: Yes.

Q: Do I have to live on campus?

A: No.

Q: Are there any GPA requirements?

A: Applicants are required to have a cumulative 3.5 GPA.

Q: What if my GPA is less than the stated requirement - can I still apply?

A: Yes. While the stated GPA requirement for the Fielding Fellowship is a 3.5, if there is a valid reason for a lower GPA, please provide an explanation for any and all relevant circumstances.

Q: Is there travel involved? (Will I need a passport?)

A: There may be both domestic and international travel. Frequent trips are made to D.C. and there are usually 1-2 extensive trips per semester. The Fellowship programming dictates the amount of travel involved, thus the number and geographic diversity of trips will vary year-to-year.

Q: Do I need to be a U.S. citizen?

A: No.

Q: What is the difference between the Fielding Fellows and the EI Undergraduate Fellows?

A: The Fielding Fellowship revolves around the study of the American presidency and places an emphasis on creating relationships with entities outside of the College. All of their trips and events relate in some way to the Executive Branch. In contrast, the Undergraduate Fellows focus on a theme related to public policy and delves into that theme throughout the academic year. Undergraduate Fellows hold on-campus lectures and panel discussions with experts in that specific field and focus on bringing such knowledge to the campus community.  

Q: How many total Fielding Fellows are there during an academic year?

A: There are usually 8 Fielding Fellows per academic year. Fellows hold their position throughout an entire academic year - both the fall and spring semester.

Q: What is the mission and purpose of the Fielding Fellowship?

A: The Fielding Fellowship promotes the study and analysis of presidential leadership and emphasizes the value of governmental service and civic engagement.

Q: Why is it called the Fielding Fellowship?

A: The Fielding Center for Presidential Leadership Study was established in 2015 under the leadership and guidance of former White House Counsel Fred F. Fielding ’61, who continues to serve as our advisor and mentor and remains very involved with the College.

Q: Who is in charge of the Fielding Fellows program?

A: Fred F. Fielding is the chief mentor of the Fielding Center and engages a wide variety of outside experts and staff directly involved with the Eisenhower Institute including Prof. Shirley Anne Warshaw, who serves as faculty advisor.

Q: Will I receive academic credit for my work?

A: No.

Q: How long has the Eisenhower Institute offered this program?

A: The Fielding Center was established in spring 2015.

Q: What are the benefits of the Fielding Fellowship?

A: Students are directly exposed to many high-ranking political officials on a national and international scale and can build their network within the D.C. Beltway. Fielding Fellows gain an intimate understanding of the Executive Branch and carry that knowledge and various connections with them into their careers. 

Q: What is the application process like?

A: The application is online and involves basic information, several essays, and a letter of recommendation. Qualified applicants will advance to an interview process.

Q: Is prior Eisenhower Institute involvement a factor in the selection process?

A: The application is open to all qualified students.

Q: Can I sign up with my friend?

A: No, it is an individual application. You may certainly encourage your friend to apply!

Q: Can I consult current Fielding Fellows on any questions I may have about applying for the Fielding Fellowship?

A: Yes!