2023 Europa Fellowship Applications are Now Open

January 24, 2023

About CSS Fellowships

Common Sense Society (CSS) fellowships offer recent graduates, graduate students, and young professionals throughout North America and Europe the opportunity to study the principles of liberty, prosperity, and beauty with leading scholars in social, respectful environments.

Fellows will leave CSS programs having learned about these guiding principles, their necessity to a well-lived life, and their enduring place as cornerstones of free, prosperous, and vibrant communities.

Join us in exploring how these ideas change lives everywhere by applying for a CSS fellowship, or forward this opportunity to people in your network.

Europa Fellowship (August 20-25)
Caledonia Fellowship (September 10-15)

About the Europa Fellowship

Common Sense Society–Hungary is looking forward to hosting the 2023 Europa Fellowship in Fehérvárcsurgó, Hungary from August 20 to 25!

The Europa Fellowship brings together a selective group of professionals committed to preserving and advancing the principles of liberty, prosperity, and beauty. Over six days of intensive seminars with renowned faculty, fellows explore the foundational principles of liberty, prosperity, and beauty within the context of European culture and our shared civilization.

Convened in the beautiful Károlyi Castle of Fehérvárcsurgó, Hungary, the Europa Fellowship provides an opportunity for participants to explore the interrelationships among liberty, prosperity, and beauty while acquiring the necessary tools to further their education and become effective leaders in their respective communities and career fields.

Sample Topics

  • Civic Engagement and Volunteerism
  • The First Principles of Liberty
  • Constitutionalism, Law, and Democracy
  • The Nature of Human Rights
  • Economics, Free Enterprise, and Voluntary Exchange
  • Foreign Policy and National Sovereignty
  • International Affairs and Security Issues
  • Religion and Society
  • Architecture, Art, and Beauty
  • Leadership Virtues and Skills
  • Central European History and Politics

Who Should Apply

Intended for recent graduates, graduate students, and young professionals who have demonstrated their leadership potential, the Europa Fellowship focuses on grounding future leaders in the early stages of their academic and professional development in the ideals of responsible liberty. Residents of Europe (particularly those from Central and Eastern Europe) and the United Kingdom are encouraged to apply, as are residents of North America and elsewhere with personal, professional, or intellectual ties to the region.

All materials, accommodations, and meals are provided during the program. Fellows are responsible for all other expenses related to their participation, including transportation to and from the venue.

Early Action: April 1, 2023

Application Deadline: May 6, 2023

Find out more and apply today.

Distinguished Faculty Include

Mr. Benjamin Crocker is academic programs manager at UATX in Austin, Texas, and since 2022, has been research fellow in music studies at Common Sense Society. He is from North Queensland, Australia, and most recently taught at the King’s School in Sydney. Ben has lectured and guest conducted at the University of Sydney and recorded for nationwide radio broadcast at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. In 2021, he was appointed as an inaugural Ramsay Centre for Western Civilisation scholar to Washington, D.C. His columns have been published by The Spectator, The Federalist, and Australia’s Quadrant magazine.

Theodore Dalrymple (the pen name of Dr. Anthony Daniels) is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute and a contributing editor of City Journal. He is a retired physician who, most recently, practiced in a British inner-city hospital and prison. Denis Dutton, editor of Arts & Letters Daily, called Dalrymple the “Orwell of our time.”

Dr. Juliana Geran Pilon is a senior fellow at the Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization. The author of eight books, including The Utopian Conceit and the War on Freedom and Why America is Such a Hard Sell: Beyond Pride and Prejudice, she has published over two hundred articles and reviews and makes frequent appearances on radio and television. Over three decades, she has also taught at the National Defense University, George Washington University, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, the Institute of World Politics, and currently at American University.

Prof. Ferenc Hörcher is head of the Research Institute of Politics and Government of the University of Public Service, Hungary, and a senior research fellow of the Institute of Philosophy of the József Eötvös Research Network, Hungary. He is a political philosopher and a historian of political thought. His last book publications include: A Political Philosophy of Conservatism and A Political Philosophy of Conservatism. Prudence, Moderation and Tradition.

Dr. Joshua Mitchell is a senior fellow at Common Sense Society and a professor of political theory at Georgetown University. He has also been chairman of the government department and associate dean of faculty affairs at Georgetown University in Qatar. He has published several books including The Fragility of Freedom: Tocqueville on Religion, Democracy, and the American Future and American Awakening: Identity Politics and Other Afflictions of Our Time.

Mr. John O’Sullivan is the president of the Danube Institute, a think tank based in Budapest, Hungary and a member of the board of advisors for the Global Panel Foundation, an N.G.O. that works behind the scenes in crisis areas around the world. O’Sullivan served as vice president and executive editor of Radio Free Europe and was editor of the Australian monthly magazine Quadrant.

Dr. Roger Pilon is the founding director of the Robert A. Levy Center for Constitutional Studies, the inaugural holder of the B. Kenneth Simon Chair in Constitutional Studies, the founding publisher of the Cato Supreme Court Review, and vice president for legal affairs at the Cato Institute. Prior to joining Cato, Pilon held five senior posts in the Reagan administration.

Dr. Aaron Rhodes is a senior fellow at Common Sense Society and the president of the Forum for Religious Freedom-Europe, an independent nongovernmental organization. He previously served as the executive director of the International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights. He is the author of The Debasement of Human Rights: How Politics Sabotage the Ideal of Freedom.

Dr. Jean Yarbrough is a professor of government and the Gary M. Pendy, Sr. Professor of Social Sciences at Bowdoin College. She has twice received research fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities (N.E.H.). She is the author of American Virtues: Thomas Jefferson on the Character of a Free People and Theodore Roosevelt and the American Political Tradition, and editor of The Essential Jefferson. Dr. Yarbrough is also the author of numerous articles and essays in American political thought and public policy, as well as other topics in political philosophy. She recently completed a Senate-confirmed appointment to the N.E.H.’s National Council. In 2021, she was awarded the Henry Salvatori Prize for her scholarly work and public service in upholding the principles of the American Founding.

With Performances By

Mr. Mikola Ivanovich Roman is a Hungarian violinist born in Munkács/Mukachevo, Ukraine, into a family of musicians. Mikola started his studies with his father, a well-known violinist and teacher, continued them at the Liszt Academy in Budapest, and studied for a year at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. He has been a member of several top orchestras, including the Hungarian National Opera Orchestra. Currently, Mikola is a member of Concerto Budapest Symphony Orchestra and several Hungarian and international ensembles.

Dr. László Stachó teaches at the Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest. Over the past decade, he has been involved in a countrywide planning of music education curricula across Hungary. As a pianist and chamber musician, he has performed in several European countries, Israel, and the U.S. He conducts workshops of his attention training and chamber music coaching sessions at international masterclasses in fifteen countries. He was visiting fellow twice at the Faculty of Music of Cambridge University, and in 2023, he was guest professor at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance.

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