› Academics » Politics and International Affairs » The Tocqueville Program » Society of Tocqueville Fellows » Frequently Asked Questions Home Course and Lecture Series Current Lectures Political Thought Courses Society of Tocqueville Fellows Frequently Asked Questions Application Form Fellows Emeriti Political Thought Club Giving Contact Information Love, Friendship and Politics Ralph Hancock Alexander Nehamas Diana Schaub William Deresiewicz Plan a Visit ›Apply Now ›Give to Furman › Main Content 1 Which courses must I complete before I become eligible to apply for a Tocqueville Fellowship? You must have completed one of the following courses to be eligible to apply: POL-103, FYW-1138, POL-270, POL-272, POL-273, POL-375, HUM 201 or HUM 202 when taught by a member of the Political Thought faculty. Which courses count toward the fulfillment of the Tocqueville Fellowship course requirement? FYW-1138, POL-103, POL-270, POL-272, POL-273, and POL-375. POL-370, HUM 201, and HUM 202 when taught by a member of the Political Thought faculty. POL-371: Senior Research Projects) when advised by a member of the Political Thought faculty. Do the courses I've already taken in Political Thought count toward the three courses necessary to fulfill the Tocqueville Fellowship requirement? Yes. How often do the Fellows meet, and is participation in the extra-curricular program mandatory? Fellows are obliged to attend all scheduled extra-curricular events during the first year of their participation in the Society, and will be invited to continue participating thereafter. (Please see below for exceptions concerning students on study away.) In 2018-19, the fellowship activities will consist of the following: A fall scholarly retreat to Lake Lure, NC (Friday, Sept. 21-Saturday, Sept. 22). One to two additional evening meetings in the fall (dates and times TBD). A winter scholarly retreat, on campus (likely Friday, Jan. 18-Saturday, Jan. 19). One to two additional evening meetings in the spring (dates and times TBD).Fellows are obliged to attend these events during the first year of their participation in the Society, and will be invited to continue participating thereafter. (Please see below for exceptions concerning students on study away.) How should Fellows prepare to participate in the colloquia? The colloquia are designed to give Tocqueville Fellows the chance to meet as a group and discuss an issue of contemporary importance, informed by the perspective they have gained by their studies in political philosophy. Fellows should be sure to set aside enough time to do the reading carefully in advance, and come prepared to outline the argument and ask questions of the text. I'm studying away during the upcoming year. Can I still apply for a Tocqueville Fellowship? Yes. Your course requirement can be completed any time before graduation. You will be asked to participate in colloquia during the next two semesters you are on campus. How often will new Fellows be accepted? Applications will be open in the second half of the Spring semester, and the first round of Fellows will be chosen in April. A second round of applications may be opened in August if spots are still available. The number of Fellowships available each year will vary depending on how many students are currently in the program.