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Application

The application cycle for the 2020 Class of Fellows is now closed.

Semi-finalists will be interviewed in July; awards will be announced in early August.

 

Eligibility

Students who currently are enrolled in a graduate program, or who have completed such a program within the past two years, are eligible for the fellowship. 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 affecting women and their families.

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

 

FAQs

What is the deadline for applications?

The deadline for applications for the 2020 Class of Fellows was Monday, June 3, 2019. The application cycle is now closed.

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 2020 will begin in January 2020; 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 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 2020. Additional funding is provided for health insurance. Fellows are responsible for transportation to and from Washington, and for finding their own living arrangements.

Am I eligible?

Students who are currently enrolled in a graduate program, or who have completed such a program within the past two years, 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.