The 2020-2022 Congressional Fellowship Program
Call for Applications
Monday, September 30, 2019
Application Packet Deadline
Monday, February 17, 2020
Notification of Fellows Opportunity
March 2, 2020
September 7 – 11, 2020
2020 ALC Participation
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 Congressional Fellowship Program Provides a unique opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge of Congress and policymaking through fellowship placement in the Senate, House of Representative, and other select offices. Congressional Fellow also attends an intensive orientation and enjoy an array of enrichment activities throughout the fellowship year. Disciplines: Social Sciences/Liberal Arts, Political Science, International Affairs, Journalism, History, Communications, Public Service, and Law.
Interested and qualified applicants should complete all fields in the online application and submit a cover letter (2 pages maximum) and a short resume (2 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. 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.