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The application cycle for the 2021 Class of Fellows has now closed! Thank you to everyone who has applied. Our application for the 2022 Class of Fellows will open early next spring.


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


Why the Congressional Fellowship on Women and Public Policy?

The fellowships are designed to train potential leaders in public policy formation to examine issues from the perspective, experiences, and needs of women. Administered by the Women’s Congressional Policy Institute (WCPI), a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization located in Washington, D.C., this program is unique – the only graduate-level fellowship program on Capitol Hill focused on women.

What does a Fellow do?

Fellows work 40 hours each week in a congressional office as a legislative aide on a variety of policy issues. Fellows meet weekly for issue seminars directed by the WCPI staff. Orientation begins in January; 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 of approximately $3,400 gross per month. An additional sum of $1,000 is provided for the purchase of health insurance. Fellows are responsible for transportation to and from Washington, and for finding their own living arrangements.

What is the deadline for applications?

The deadline for applications for the 2021 Class of Fellows has now passed. 

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