Robert Lewit Fellowship in Education Policy

The Robert Lewit Fellowship in Education Policy is available for a two- to three-month period during the summer to a student currently engaged in undergraduate or graduate studies at any institution of higher education, with preference given to students of Harvard University. Recent graduates with a strong interest in ACTA’s mission of higher education reform and an excellent scholarly record may also be considered. The Fellowship is made possible by Dr. Robert T. Lewit—a 1959 graduate of Harvard College, 1963 graduate of Harvard Medical School, and former chairman of ACTA’s Board of Directors.

Lewit Fellows report to ACTA’s Vice President of Academic Affairs and other senior staff. Their projects include research and writing, some of which may be published by ACTA. They play a full part in the research work of ACTA and attend higher education meetings and conferences as appropriate. Lewit Fellows also participate—along with ACTA summer interns—in a special series of seminars with ACTA staff and board members, as well as such experts as Dr. Bruce Cole, former chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities; Dr. Frederick M. Hess, director of education-policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute; Ross Douthat, op-ed columnist for the New York Times; Dr. Richard K. Vedder, distinguished professor emeritus of economics at Ohio University; Arthur Rothkopf, president emeritus of Lafayette College; Stephen Trachtenberg, president emeritus of The George Washington University; and Greg Lukianoff, president and CEO of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education.

Fellows receive a competitive stipend in equal monthly installments during the fellowship. Fellows must reside in the Washington, DC area and work in ACTA’s offices for 40 hours per week during the full length of the Fellowship.

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To apply for the Robert Lewit Fellowship in Education Policy, please email, in one PDF file:

  1. Your resume and transcript.
  2. A letter of recommendation from a faculty member of your institution. (A letter from another individual may supplement, but not replace, this letter.)
  3. A letter of one to two pages explaining why the Lewit Fellowship is of interest to you and why you should be selected for it.

Applicants are advised to apply as early as possible, as applications are processed on a rolling basis.Applicants to be considered for both the Lewit Fellowship and a summer internship need only submit one application.

All applications—as well as any questions about the Robert Lewit Fellowship in Education Policy—should be directed to


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