Seeking Young Leaders for the Congressional Fellowships on Women and Public Policy

Apr 21, 2016 • Views 1,044


Sponsored by Women’s Policy, Inc. 

Women’s Policy, Inc. has been the home for the Congressional Fellowships on Women and Public Policy since 2014 (formerly the WREI Fellows program); the fellowship program is in its 36th year.

The fellowships are extended each year to a select number of students pursuing a graduate degree or those who have recently completed a master’s, doctorate, or professional degree with a proven commitment to equity for women. Fellows gain practical policymaking experience and graduate credit as they work from January to August in congressional offices. Fellows receive stipends toward living expenses.

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 WPI, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization located in Washington, DC, this program is unique—the only fellowship program on Capitol Hill directly by, for, and about women.

Congressional Fellowships on Women and Public Policy

WHAT DOES A FELLOW DO? Fellows work 40 hours each week in a congressional office as a legislative aide on policy issues affecting women. Fellows meet weekly for issue seminars directed by the WPI staff. Orientation for the Class of 2017 will begin in January 2017; office placement starts at the end of that month. The program runs until the end of August 2017.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE? Students (U.S. citizens) who are currently enrolled in a graduate program at an accredited institution in the U.S. or who have completed such a program within the past 18 months are eligible. WPI strongly recommends that applicants complete at least nine hours of graduate coursework before applying and display serious interest in research and policymaking relevant to women’s issues.

To learn more about the fellowship experience, read our interview with 2015 fellow Ashlyn Holeyfield, who spent her fellowship placed on the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, Minority Staff.

The deadline for applications to join the 2017 Class of Fellows is close of business June 1, 2016.

Visit our website to access the application, brochure, and further information.

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