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Apply to Be a Fellow

IOP Pritzker Fellows presents a unique opportunity for political and public service leaders to learn and grow. Whether through engaging with students and faculty, auditing classes, or conducting research, Pritzker Fellows are able to enjoy eight weeks of paid enrichment at one of the world's great universities.

The IOP Pritzker Fellows Program presents a unique opportunity for leading political practitioners (e.g. former elected officials, campaign strategists, journalists, and policy makers) to be in residence at the University of Chicago during an academic quarter.

While on campus, Pritzker Fellows lead weekly non-credit discussion seminars on issues of local, national, and international importance. These 75-minute, off-the-record sessions are student-only, and take place at the IOP House.

Criteria to become a Pritzker Fellow include the applicant’s background in politics or 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.

Application Deadline & Fellowship Dates

The application for the Winter-Spring 2025 cohort is now open. Please contact Jennifer Steinhauer, Senior Director of Speaker Series & Pritzker Fellows, at with any questions.

This fellowship runs from late January through mid-April, 2025.

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