The Eisenhower Institute promotes nonpartisan discourse and critical analysis of issues of long-term importance through a variety of initiatives, including its undergraduate programs, which are led by expert scholars and practitioners in areas ranging from strategic leadership and environmental policy to civil rights and the Middle East. These programs enhance students’ academic experience at Gettysburg College by providing practical connections to topics of study.

Students participate in small group conversations with experts and peers, apply their knowledge through project-based work, and engage in experiential learning opportunities. 

Eisenhower Institute programs are open to Gettysburg College students from all majors and class years. There is no fee for participating in our programs.

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Undergraduate Fellows

Undergraduate Fellows

The Eisenhower Institute Undergraduate Fellows program offers a select group of Gettysburg College students the chance to develop their leadership skills and grow in their knowledge and understanding of public policy through an annual theme. In 2021-22, their theme is U.S.-China Relations – Is a New Cold War Coming? Is It Already Here?

Fielding Fellows

Fielding Fellows

The Fielding Fellows program provides a select group of Gettysburg College seniors with an immersive experience centered on the executive branch of the United States. The year-long fellowship focuses on separation of powers dynamics, constitutional law, and diplomacy. In 2021-22, their project is Paving an Ice Silk Road: The Increasing Presence of China in the Finnish Arctic.

  • Led by Scott Boddery
  • Applications open in late spring for rising seniors
Washington Connections

Washington Connections

Washington Connections provides students with a deeper understanding of the American political system, equips them with skills to engage as members of a civic community, and prepares them for lives and careers as agents of change.

Environmental Leadership

Environmental Leadership

Environmental Leadership provides students with a unique opportunity to gain a greater understanding of environmental justice issues, to apply social science research methods, and to develop their leadership skills.


Strategy and Leadership in Transformational Times

Strategy and Leadership in Transformational Times (SALTT) is a specialized seminar that challenges students to develop and apply the concepts of strategic thinking and leadership.


Contours of the Middle East

Contours of the Middle East exposes students to a broad and balanced range of the socio-economic, political, and cultural developments that are transforming the region today.

Women and Leadership

Women and Leadership

Women and Leadership explores intersections among gender and leadership in government, business, law, science, and more.

  • Led by Anne Douds
  • Applications open in November
Emerging Issues in National Security

Emerging Threats in National Security

Emerging Threats in National Security provides students with a basic foundation in national security and an opportunity to think more broadly about the field.

Inside Civil Rights

Inside Civil Rights

Inside Civil Rights examines how responses to civil rights issues have shaped communities across the United States. It ensures that civil rights is viewed as not just a moment in time, but an ongoing movement.

Special Seminar Series

Foundations of Strategy and Leadership (Fall 2021) 

Led by Eisenhower Institute expert-in-residence Susan Eisenhower, this program offers an overview of strategy and leadership in our world today. The experience is open to all students who are able to demonstrate their interest and commit to attending all three sessions. This series is a prerequisite for SALTT in spring 2022 and can be completed in conjunction with another EI program. Registration for fall 2021 has closed.