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Norman P. McClelland Distinguished Fellowship

Norman P. McClellandThe Norman P. McClelland Distinguished Fellowship at the Goldwater Institute was established and named by Norman's friends and associates to honor Norman's leadership and lifelong commitment to liberty. The Fellowship gives one exceptional student per year the opportunity to spend a semester working on economic policy at the Goldwater Institute and to be groomed for a leadership role in the ongoing contest for freedom.

Norman P. McClelland: A True Leader

Norman P. McClelland helped found the Goldwater Institute in 1988. He was chairman of the board from 1992 to 1994 and currently serves as vice chairman. Mr. McClelland’s steady leadership has helped transform the Goldwater Institute into one of America’s most successful public policy organizations.

But the Goldwater Institute only consumes a fraction of Mr. McClelland’s time. He also serves as a member of The Joe Foss Institute Board of Directors, the University of Arizona Business School Advisory Board, the Arizona State University Business College Dean’s Council of 100, and the Session of Valley Presbyterian Church.

In addition, Mr. McClelland is the president of Shamrock Farms, and the chairman of Shamrock Foods.

A graduate of the University of Arizona, Mr. McClelland is married and has two children and seven grandchildren.

Through the generous contributions of 48 friends and Goldwater Institute supporters, the Norman P. McClelland Distinguished Fellowship was established to ensure Mr. McClelland’s legacy will continue in the next generation of young conservative leaders.

At the Goldwater Institute's 20th Anniversary Dinner, his friends surprised Mr. McClelland with the Fellowship named in his honor:

Norman P. McClelland

Andrew Martin, pictured below with Norm McClelland, became the first McClelland Fellow in September 2009:

Brandon Blum with Norm McClelland, was the McClelland Fellow for September 2012:


Frequently Asked Question

Q. What types of activities does a McClelland Fellow participate in?

A. In addition to providing ongoing administrative and research support, Fellows will have an opportunity to receive staff mentoring, participate in lunch-and-learn seminars, and read assigned material. Fellows may also get the chance to attend local events, meet and network with public policy leaders, write a policy brief, plan and organize an economics conference, or write an op-ed. With guidance from a Goldwater Institute policy analyst, Fellows may also carry out an individual research project.

Q. What can Fellows expect to gain from participation in the Norman P. McClelland Distinguished Fellowship Program?

A. The goal of the program is to expose students to both classical liberal principles and the operational aspects of a public policy research organization with a focus on economic policy. Fellows can expect to gain a foundational understanding of free-market principles, as well as how those principles relate to current public policy, and how research organizations advance public policy at both the local and national levels.

Q. What types of jobs do Fellows tend to move on to following participation in the Norman P. McClelland Distinguished Fellowship Program?

A. Many Goldwater Institute interns have chosen to attend graduate school to study economics, law or public policy. Others have gone on to assume public policy research positions in the nation's capitol. The Institute has also hired interns as full-time employees.

Q. Who qualifies for participation in the program?

A. Applicants should be college juniors or seniors majoring in economics, economics graduate students or recent graduates. Individuals should be able to work at least three full days per week; exceptions are made on a case-by-case basis. Both domestic and international applications will be considered, however, overseas applicants must possess authorization to live and work in the United States.

Q. What qualities do you look for in an ideal applicant?

A. Successful applicants will demonstrate: 1) An active interest in public policy, particularly economic policy; 2) Strong intellectual aptitude; 3) Eagerness to work cooperatively and supportively with others; 4) Exceptional judgment and integrity; 5) An appreciation for the free enterprise system and constitutionally limited government; and 6) An interest in learning how to advance free market principles.

Q. Does participation carry a stipend?

A. Yes. Fellows earn a modest stipend based on fellowship duration and hours worked.

Q. What are the deadlines for submission of application materials?

A. Applications are being accepted for the 2012 Norman P. McClelland Fellowship.  The application deadline is August 1, 2012.

Q. What are the required application materials?

A. Applicants should review the Application Procedure section below and submit all required materials.

Q. What is the process following submission of application materials?

A. All applicants will receive acknowledgement that their materials have arrived, and those selected for further consideration will be contacted directly by Institute staff to arrange a telephone or in-person interview.

Q. What do you mean by "full-time" participation in the program?

A. Fellows are expected to work a minimum of 24 hours per week at the Institute. Participation in the program is typically for the duration of the spring semester: (January through May). Exceptions are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Q. Who should I contact if I am having difficulty with the application process, or have questions regarding the Norman P. McClelland Distinguished Fellowship Program that are not addressed on this website?

A. Questions should be directed to Roger Zetah at rzetah@goldwaterinstitute.org.

Application Procedure

Norman P. McClellandThe Goldwater Institute seeks college juniors and seniors majoring in economics, economics graduate students and recent graduates to participate in the Norman P. McClelland Distinguished Fellowship Program. Applicants should be able to work full-time, which constitutes a minimum of 24 hours each week; part-time applicants will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Both domestic and international applicants are encouraged to apply, however, overseas applicants must possess authorization to live and work in the United States. Due to competition for the McClelland Fellowship, the Institute encourages early application.

Applicants best-suited for the program will possess eagerness to work and learn, exceptional judgment, and personal integrity. Although the Institute does not expect Fellows to enter the program with a thorough grounding in classical liberal thought, it does seek applicants who demonstrate an active interest in public policy and an appreciation for the free enterprise system.

Individuals interested in applying for the Norman P. McClelland Fellowship Program should submit the following:

Cover letter explaining interest and availability
Two or three references
Please also send short answers (200 words maximum for each question) to the following four questions:

1. What do you think is the proper role of government in a free society, and how did you arrive at this view?
2. What is the role of entrepreneurship in a free society?
3. What book, speech, event or similar item has been most influential in your philosophical development?
4. What do you hope to gain from participating in the Goldwater Institute's Norman P. McClelland Distinguished Fellowship Program?

Materials should be sent to: 
Roger Zetah
The Goldwater Institute
500 East Coronado Road
Phoenix, AZ 85004

Materials may also be sent via e-mail to Roger Zetah at rzetah@goldwaterinstitute.org, or via fax to (602) 256-7045. No phone calls please. All applicants will be informed when their application materials are received, and those whom the Institute wishes to consider will be invited to interview either in person or over the telephone.

Applicants who have questions regarding the program or application process should first visit FAQ's about the Norman P. McClelland Distinguished Fellowship Program above. Further questions may be directed to Roger Zetah.

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