IOP Pritzker Fellows Program

Politics at its best is an oral tradition. We've all learned the hard way what works and what doesn't and we have stories that another geneartion is eager to hear and will get a lot from. I'd encourage anybody who wants to be rejuvenated by being around young people and also wants to remember why they got into this business in the first place to come out here and give it a try." — Bruce Reed, Fall 2016 Fellow

The Institute of Politics Pritzker Fellows Program presents a unique opportunity for leading political minds to be in residence at the University of Chicago during an academic quarter. These accomplished professionals draw on their first-hand experiences, research and professional networks to give insightful and unique perspective on politics and policy in action.

The Program

  • SEMINARS: Fellows independently lead non-credit seminars on timely and relevant issues of national import. These weekly 75-minute discussions, on a topic of each Fellow's choosing, take place at the IOP House and are open to all current University students and are off the record.

  • OFFICE HOURS: While in residence, Fellows keep weekly office hours, which are available to all students at the University. These office hours are an opportunity for Fellows to engage with students, and for students to have direct access to speak with the Fellows about anything ranging from news of the day,  an aspect of the Fellow's career, questions for a class project, or thoughts about the student's journey in politics, public and social service, and journalism.

  • ACCESS TO UCHICAGO: Fellows are able to utilize the resources of the University, whether that means speaking to a class, auditing a class, attending a lecture, or engaging with faculty research projects, or student organizations (RSOs).

  • ENGAGEMENT WITH CHICAGO: Fellows, with support from their student Fellows Ambassador team, are given the opportunity to explore the city of Chicago in multiple ways. IOP staff and Fellows Ambassadors work hard to organize trips to learn about the diverse neighborhoods and history of the city, and depending on each Fellow's specific interest, to visit schools, organizations, and local government agencies to speak about their work and role in politics and public service.

  • PURSUE A PROJECT: Fellows are encouraged to use their free time to finish or begin a project, be it writing an article, drafting a book proposal or taking time to delve into a topic that’s out of reach amid the daily grind.

  • COMPENSATION: Fellows receive a living stipend and IOP-provided housing during their stay.

In keeping with the University’s commitment to diversity and the free and open pursuit of knowledge, Fellows represent a broad array of political views and offer diverse policy perspectives.

The IOP Pritzker Fellows Program is selective, and criteria include the applicant’s background in politics and public service, as well as an ability to work well with students faculty and the Fellows cohort. Fellows are chosen via our online application process and through targeted recruitment.

With any questions or to inquire about becoming a Fellow, please contact the Fellows Program team:

The Fellows Program is made possible with generous support from both the Pritzker and MacArthur foundations.

Download the PDF overview on the IOP Pritzker Fellows Program