UNDERGRADUATE FELLOWS PROGRAM
Too often, the demands of college life crowd out the most important questions of how to live and what the human journey is all about.
Although education towards a career is vital, life cannot be reduced to its professional dimension. The search for truth, the quest for justice, and fostering an appreciation for beauty are core ingredients of a good life and essential to higher education.
The Undergraduate Fellows Program (UFP) is for students asking the big questions, searching for what’s real and true, and looking for others on the same path. Specifically, it focuses on the good life, discovering what makes a flourishing life and how to live it. That is the heart of culture.
"The Austin Institute has been solid intellectual ground amidst the turbulent waters of day-to-day college life. The companionship I have found here has been embracing, stimulating, and edifying. The quality of conversations and character at the Institute is unmatched—I am truly lucky to have found it."
Hannah, University of Texas, Undergraduate Fellow
EXCEPTIONAL STUDENTS FOR AN OUTSTANDING EDUCATION
UFP accepts applications from exceptional students seeking a challenge. We give them the tools for deep intellectual engagement and accompany their growth with questions that cross disciplinary boundaries and defy easy summary.
WHAT IS THE UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS PROGRAM?
UFP is a two-year curriculum aimed at enriching students’ intellectual as well as personal lives.
UNDERGRADUATE FELLOWS PROGRAM COMPONENTS:
A two-week summer seminar of rich intellectual and personal formation held off-campus.
Exclusive access to AI speakers, including four special events per year.
Priority access to AI lectures, seminars, and dinners.
Additional interaction with renowned Austin Institute Fellows.
Research support for developing students’ own ideas and projects.
TWO-YEAR FORMATION TRACK
During the first year, the program is focused on the broader foundations of a good life, a meaningful existence and healthy human relationships. The great works from philosophy and literature will guide students in pursuing the deep questions. There will also be a practical or applied component, applying ancient wisdom and literature’s insights directly to one’s own life on friendship, virtue, dating, love, family, colleagues and even strangers on the internet – the relationships that shape our lives.
The second year of the cycle focuses on the deeper meaning of work, as an instrument of human and societal fulfillment, and on how best to engage in civic and political discourse and action. Students will see their lives not only as individuals, but also as community members. They will become capable of identifying and joining those groups, associations, and causes that most reflect their own passions, dreams and goals.