The 2020-2022 Science and Technology Fellowship Program

Call for Applications
Monday, September 30, 2019

Application Packet Deadline
Monday, December 13, 2019

Notification of Fellows Opportunity
March 2, 2020

Orientation Session
September 7 – 11, 2020

2020 ALC Participation
September 2020

The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. (CBCF) Congressional fellowship program equips early career-policy professionals who are committed to contributing to public policy with the necessary skills to become the next generation of leaders in public service. The program is an intensive 20-months policy training and leadership development program which enables fellows to receive hands-on public policy training as full-time legislative aides and policy analysts. CBCF fellowship issue areas include The Donald M. Payne Foreign Policy Fellowship; Energy; Energy & Environment; Health Policy; Woman & Health Sciences; Finance & Economic Policy; Technology & Cybersecurity; and Technology & Diversity.

CBCF Fellows work in congressional member and committee offices, attend leadership development seminars, complete a community service project, implementation of policy forums and produce policy papers.

During the first 10-months, fellows are placed in a congressional office and gain invaluable experience as they represent the member at briefings, stakeholder meetings, and similar official events; conduct quality research; write speeches, opening remarks, and other written work products as assigned; research and provide policy recommendations on relevant issues; recommending co-sponsorships of or amendments to legislation to the Member; monitor legislative activity on the House or Senate floor; and handle long-term and short-term legislative planning for the member of Congress.

During the last 10-months, fellows transition to a congressional committee. The committee placement complements their experience in a member’s office and provides fellows with a full view of the legislative process including overseeing a bill move from the committee to the floor; recommending strategies and tactics on bills and positions, and writing and reviewing legislative memos.

The Donald M. Payne Foreign Policy Fellowship is a distinguished program offered to mid-career scholars and professionals who want to continue their public service by becoming foreign policy leaders. The program advances analytic capabilities and broadens foreign policy experience. Fellows will have exposure to lawmakers and policy professionals dedicated to formulating and implementing global policy ranging from food security, equitable education access, combating preventable diseases, promoting gender equality to addressing climate change and other major global issues. Disciplines: Social Sciences / Liberal Arts, Communications, Public Service, Law, International Affairs

Interested and qualified applicants should complete all fields in the online application and submit a cover letter (2 pages maximum) and a short CV (4 pages maximum). The cover letter should explain the applicant’s interest in a specific fellowship, how the fellowship fits into the applicant’s career plans at this time, and attributes and experience that would make the applicant highly effective in this position. Letters of reference and relevant writing samples will be requested of semi-finalists. Finalist interviews will be conducted in early February 2020 via webcam and a final selection will be made by early March. Any incomplete or late application packets will not be reviewed.

Science and Technology Fellowship
Supplemental Questions
  1. Essay 1: Statement of Purpose. This is your opportunity to discuss your academic and professional background and specific strengths as a candidate for this position. Start with the big question – what are you proposing to do, how the fellowship fits into your career plans at this time, why is it important, why you, and what impact do you hope to have? What makes you highly effective in this position? Your statement of purpose must be clear and compelling to audiences both inside and outside your field. [500 words maximum, Arial font with a font size of 12 and with a single spacing]
  2. Essay 2: You are working in the office of a congressional member as a subject matter expert in your respective profession. Draft a memo to your congressional member discussing three policy areas that you deem most critical to the advancement of the black community, and why your representative should prioritize these items on his/her agenda, and how s/he can create awareness on these issues. Be sure to cite your sources. [1,000 words maximum, Arial font with a font size of 12 and with a single spacing]
  3. Essay 3: Choose a bill that you find most relevant to the black community in the last three congressional sessions. Discuss the current status of the legislation, the key members involved with the issue, and the potential or current effects of the legislation on the black community. Be sure to cite your sources. [1,000 words maximum, Arial font with a font size of 12 and with a single spacing]