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The Hoover Institution Veteran Fellowship Program (VFP) is a unique endeavor that integrates the public policy scholarship of Hoover with military veterans who exemplify the credibility, commitment, and talent of military service and who will make meaningful advances to critical policy challenges across the United States. The program seeks to bring innovation and action to policy awareness and implementation. The veterans’ unique grasp of the country’s values, their personal initiative, and their wide networks present synergies where sound policy ideas can emerge.




The program is designed for military veterans who want to shape and drive meaningful change. It is open to veterans who served on active duty within the last 20 years and are successful midcareer practitioners with a desire to lead in their communities and a commitment to promoting ideas and actions for free societies. Candidates must come with a meaningful idea for change and the drive to deliver outcomes in line with Hoover’s scholarship. Each should possess the self-motivation, professional network, and serious commitment to address a specific policy need by pursuing their innovative project. 

The VFP does not focus on veteran-only issues; rather it provides a support network to elevate and articulate veterans’ perspectives and experiences to policy topics aligned with Hoover’s research priorities and mission. Veteran-related proposals should nest within broader policy needs.

Fellows in the VFP will establish a connection with Hoover and participate in up to six in-person engagements as well as virtual sessions throughout the year. Veteran Fellows will produce a capstone project which will also allow them to conduct work on their topic within their communities. Hoover senior fellows and advisory council members will provide an advisory component.


Only those who meet the following requirements should move forward with this application:
- US military veterans from Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines, Navy, National Guard, or Space Force; and
- Active-duty service within the last 20 years; for those in the National Guard, service must include at least one period of activation at the state or federal level.


We strongly recommend that you prepare your responses in a Word document and then transfer your answers into the application, completing the process in one sitting, as there is no option to save your application and return to it.

Online Application: 

The online application requires you to provide basic personal contact, professional, and military background information, as well as answers to four program-specific questions. 

Resume or CV: 

You will upload a copy of your most recent professional resume or CV. A PDF file is recommended.


You will upload a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty. A PDF file is recommended.

Letters of Recommendation:

You will need to provide at least two but no more than three letters of recommendation. Letters should be from professional associates or colleagues from volunteer or nonprofit endeavors who can speak to your experience and the impact of your work. One letter should be associated with your place of employment. Please do not submit letters of recommendation from family or friends. Letters must be uploaded with the application form. PDF files are recommended.

Video Submission:

In two minutes or less, please give your “elevator pitch” for why you should be selected for the Hoover Veteran Fellowship Program. Use this opportunity to discuss how you stand out from other applicants. In other words: why you, why your idea, and why now? Using a webcam, cell phone, or video camera, please record yourself presenting your response. All videos should be titled with your full name. Maximum size is 100 MB. Preferred formats are MP4 and MOV. We will only view videos that are up to 2 minutes in length. Please send your compressed video or its link via email to

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