The Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization (AHI) is grateful to the Diana Davis Spencer Foundation (DDS) for a grant to support AHI’s acclaimed Washington Program on National Security (WaPoNS). The program will be held in Washington, DC, June 21 to 30. The deadline for all applications is May 17, 2023.  Application materials should be sent to either Senior Fellow Dr. Juliana Pilon (,or AHI President Robert Paquette ( There is no electronic application process.


  1. The most recent transcript of courses and grades.
  2. Two letters of recommendation from faculty members.
  3. A 500-word essay on what the applicant considers to be the most critical national security challenge the U.S. faces today, and how it might be addressed.

The AHI WaPoNS program, now in its seventh year, aims to prepare promising and motivated college students for the challenges of a rapidly changing global environment by offering them an opportunity to engage with some of the best thinkers on and practitioners in the field of national security.  Participants will be afforded a rare inside glimpse of the many different cultures that must all work together to succeed. By observing the process of national security policymaking up close, from the perspective of the practitioners themselves, the program will serve to encourage and enhance the students’ leadership skills and open opportunities for future professional development. Commentary on the program by participants can be found on our website.

Juliana Geran Pilon, AHI Senior Fellow

The program is designed for a total of 16 students. As in previous years, each day the participants will have a chance to conduct discussions facilitated by readings that include the text The Art of Peace: Engaging a Complex World by the program’s director, Dr. Juliana Geran Pilon, on the following topics:

  • Cognitive security, disinformation, and public diplomacy
  • Cyber warfare, nuclear proliferation, and terrorism
  • Cancel culture in media and the academy

On-site visits to such locations as the Agency of Homeland Security/TSA, State Department, the Heritage Foundation, the Bipartisan Policy Center, the Hudson Institute, and elsewhere will be arranged depending on availability.

Housing will be provided at Courtyard Marriott Bethesda Chevy Chase, 5520 Wisconsin Avenue, Chevy Chase, MD. Students will be issued a stipend for meals not provided by the AHI, as well as metro tickets for transportation in DC, but they will be responsible for travel to and from Washington, DC.

The AHI does have a modest amount of funds available to support disadvantaged students. For information about support for travel expenses to and from Washington DC. contact AHI President Robert Paquette at