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The application cycle for the 2021 Class of Fellows is now open! We look forward to welcoming a new class of fellows and encourage any interested candidate to start their application today. 

Deadline: Wednesday, June 3, 2020 (5 p.m., Eastern, no exceptions)

For more information on our Fellowship Program view this year’s Fellowship Fact Sheet!


Students who are currently enrolled in a graduate program, or who have completed such a program within two years of the fellowship start date (January 2021), are eligible.

WCPI strongly recommends that applicants complete at least nine hours of graduate coursework before applying and display serious interest in research and policymaking relevant to issues of interest to women and their families.

You must be legally eligible to work in the United States.


What is the deadline for applications?

The deadline for applications for the 2021 Class of Fellows is Wednesday, June 3, 2020 (5 p.m., Eastern, no exceptions).

What does a Fellow do?

Fellows work 40 hours each week in a congressional office as a legislative assistant on a variety of policy issues. Fellows meet weekly for issue seminars directed by the WCPI staff. Orientation for the Class of 2021 will begin in January 2021; office placement starts at the end of that month. The program runs until August.

What are the selection criteria?

Fellows are selected based on academic competence as well as a demonstrated interest in the public policy process. They must be articulate, adaptable, and have strong writing skills. Fellows may come from virtually any field. WCPI promotes equal opportunity in its fellowship program and welcomes qualified applicants of any age, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, experience, political affiliation, and academic field.

What is the award?

Fellows will receive a stipend for seven months in 2021. Additional funding is provided for health insurance. Fellows are responsible for transportation to and from Washington, and for finding their own living arrangements. For more details, please see this year’s Fellowship Fact Sheet!

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