Funder: The American Political Science Foundation
Due Date: December 4, 2017
Applicants interested in fellowships for political scientists and journalists, or interested in the APSA-MCI Communications Congressional Fellowship for scholars and journalists with a focus in telecommunications, should apply directly to APSA.
The American Political Science Association’s Congressional Fellowship Program is a highly selective, nonpartisan program devoted to expanding knowledge and awareness of Congress. Since 1953, it has brought select journalists and other professionals to Capitol Hill to experience Congress at work.
The program lasts nine months, beginning in November and ending in mid-August. Fellows spend the month of November in an intensive orientation where they participate in daily seminars with policy specialists, congressional staffers, scholars, and journalists. After orientation Fellows work in a personal office or committee staff within Congress. Fellows secure their own placements, with guidance from Congressional Fellowship Program staff, by interviewing with the congressional offices of their choice.
Two optional programs precede the main fellowship program: a two-month course on Congress and Foreign Policy, taught at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and a fellowship through the William A. Steiger Fund to spend up to two months at the APSA Centennial Center carrying out a project in legislative studies.