About the Available Fellowships

The Center for Freedom and Western Civilization will sponsor students for Summer Fellowships to pursue faculty-mentored summer research projects focused on themes related to the Western heritage of freedom and civilization (see the Center's website).

We offer two sorts of fellowships:

James Madison Fellowships

These fellowships are for students pursuing projects on or off campus under the guidance of Colgate professors.

Stone Fellowships

are for students pursuing research projects at the CEVRO Institute in Prague, Czech Republic, under the guidance of CEVRO or Colgate faculty.


Both the James Madison and the Stone Fellows receive a stipend of $4,500 for the summer; Stone Fellows receive additional funds (up to $2,000) to support travel and on-site research. 

How to Apply

Current sophomore, junior and senior students may apply.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis starting February 12 and ending April 15, 2021.

Materials should include:

  1. A cover letter explaining the research question, its significance, and the method of inquiry (about 600 words)
  2. A letter from a Colgate faculty member, confirming that he or she will supervise the student’s research project; this includes assistance with its design, on-going advice as the research takes place, and final assessment (sponsors of Center Fellowships receive a $1,500 honorarium)
  3. An unofficial transcript

Questions and submissions should be sent to Robert Kraynak at rkraynak@colgate.edu or Carolyn C. Guile at cguile@colgate.edu.

Past Fellows

2020 Summer Fellows

James Madison Fellow

"Immigration and American Citizenship - The Founders View and Beyond"

James Madison Fellow

"Albert Camus' Plague and the Existential and Religious Responses to Natural Disasters and Suffering"

James Madison Fellow

"Are There Two Edmund Burkes?"

James Madison Fellow

"Interpreting Thucydides  Peloponnesian Wars: A Critical Assessment of International Relations Scholarship"

James Madison Fellow

"Architecture and Culture during the Venetian Plagues of 1576 and 1630"

James Madison Fellow

"Weber and Tocqueville on American Political Culture: The Protestant Ethic and Democratic Morality"

James Madison Fellow

"Democratic Development: DeTocqueville v. Acemoglu and Robinson"

James Madison Fellow

"Gothicists: Ruskin, Pugin, and Gothic Architecture in Upstate NY"

James Madison Fellow

"Dostoevsky as a Religious and Political Thinker"

James Madison Fellow

"The Origin of Historiography: Herodotus and Sima Qian"

James Madison Fellow

"Survey of Western Christian Just War Theory Compared to Islamic Notions of JWT & Governance"

James Madison Fellow

"Political Systems and Pandemic Responses: A Comparative Study"

2019 Summer Fellows accordion

James Madison Fellow

“Study of archaeology in Italy on the roots of classical civilization”

James Madison Fellow

“Study of the foreign policy of the American founders”

James Madison Fellow

“Study of the American and French revolutions through the eyes of Alexis de Tocqueville and the American founders”

James Madison Fellow

 “Study of fake news in the French and American constitutional systems

James Madison Fellow

“Study of immigration and assimilation to the cultures of Western societies”

Stone Summer Fellow

“Study of climate change and its impact on Western security in the Arctic region”, in connection with the CEVRO Institute in Prague, Czech Republic

2018 Summer Fellows Accordion

James Madison Fellow

“John Jay: American Founder and Progressive Federalist”

Stone Summer Fellow

“Faith and Community: How Israeli Christians View Zionism and the Jewish Nation.”

2017 Summer Fellows

James Madison Summer Fellow, 2017

Drew did a summer research project on the political theory of the American founders, focusing on the natural law and natural rights ideas of the founding period.

Influences Of American Founding poster project.
Kyle Dillon gives a presentation

James Madison Fellow, 2017 

Kyle worked on an important topic: the role of theology in higher education, comparing the ideas of John Henry Cardinal Newman with Thomas Jefferson and Colgate University’s Baptist founders. He did some of his research for Colgate’s Bicentennial History on the relation of its liberal arts program to its theological and religious mission. 

Kyle Dillon '18 poster from summer fellowship

James Madison Fellow, 2017 

Matt completed a summer internship project on Adam Smith’s writings – a comparison of the Theory of Moral Sentiments with the Wealth of Nations on the question of human nature. Are there two Adam Smiths?

Richard Stone Fellow, 2017 

Ryan completed a research paper on the writings of Leo Strauss and the Recovery of Classical Political Philosophy in Plato and Aristotle. Ryan also attended a week-long conference at the Von Mises Institute in Atlanta, Georgia on the ideas of the famous Austrian free-market economist.

Ryan Zoellner '20 poster from summer fellowship

2016 Summer Fellows


James Madison Fellow

Man stands in front of his poster project and smiles.

Jake was tasked with writing an original research thesis concerning the political theory behind America's Founding Fathers, in particular, that of Alexander Hamilton. His thesis focused on the theoretical and religious aspects of Hamilton and the ebbs and flows of both of these sides throughout Hamilton's life and writings. Jake also attended a conference at the CEVRO Institute in Prague, Czech Republic to study classical liberalism with students and faculty from around the world.

Alexander Hamilton Poster project.

Richard Stone Fellow

A women smiles and looked at the camera and is wearing a burgundy dress.

Through this fellowship, Jenny explored the effects of a liberal education and a peaceful society. Via the theories/philosophies of classic philosophers (such as Aristotle and Cicero) as well as those of classical modern philosophers (Jean-Jacques Rousseau and John Locke), Jenny sought a conclusion on the best means of educating a society to create the most effective citizens for a democracy.

The poster project of Jenny Robinson