The 2020-2022 Energy Policy Fellowship Program

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.

Energy Policy Fellowship Program provides early career scientists and engineers’ opportunities to participate in policy-related projects in energy and energy-related science and technology challenges. The Energy Fellow will gain extensive exposure to lawmakers and policy professionals dedicated to formulating and implementing energy policy such as Corporate Average Fuel Economy Standards (CAFÉ) for passenger vehicles, and improving U.S. energy infrastructure, energy conservation and the development of new technologies and alternative fuels. Disciplines: Science, Engineering, Public Service, Technology.

Interested and qualified applicants should complete all fields in the online application and submit a cover letter (2 pages maximum) and a short resume (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. 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.

Supplemental Questions
  1. Transcript
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Two Page Resume
  4. Please request an additional letter of recommendation (from an individual other than those requested on the General Application).
  5. 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]
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