Applicants interested in fellowships for political scientists and journalists, or interested in the APSA-MCI Communications Congressional Fellowship for scholars and journalists with a focus in telecommunications, should apply directly to APSA.
For Political Scientists
Political Science fellows have completed a PhD in the last 15 years or will have defended a dissertation in political science by November of the fellowship year. The program is open to scholars in all fields of study within political science who can show a scholarly interest in Congress and policymaking.
Journalist fellows are early and mid-career print and broadcast journalists (including online journalists) who have a professional interest in Congress. Candidates must have a bachelor's degree and two to ten years of professional experience in print or broadcast journalism, which may include or consist of experience in professional online journalism.
For the APSA-MCI Communications Fellowship
Applicants for the APSA-MCI Communications Congressional Fellowship are early and mid-career journalists and scholars in all disciplines and fields with a professional interest in public policy and telecommunications. Applicants may be scholars who have completed a PhD in the last 15 years or will have defended a dissertation by November of the fellowship year, or may be journalists who cover this topic with two to ten years of professional experience in either print or broadcast journalism (including online journalism).
For All Fellowship Categories
Preference is given to those without extensive Capitol Hill experience.
Applicants may apply through the fellowship application form for two optional programs that take place in September and October, immediately before the start of the main fellowship year in November:
- a Congress and Foreign Policy course taught at Johns Hopkins SAIS
- a fellowship from the William A. Steiger Fund for Legislative Studies, allowing fellows to spend up to two months as a visiting scholar at the APSA Centennial Center in Washington, DC, carrying out a research project on legislative studies
Applicants may apply for either or both programs. Applicants who apply for and are accepted to both programs may participate in these two programs concurrently. Applicants must be selected as APSA Congressional Fellows in order to be selected for the optional programs, but selection as a Congressional Fellow does not guarantee selection for either program. Applicants will be notified of their selection for any optional programs at the same time they are notified of their selection as Congressional Fellows.
Applicants for the Congress and Foreign Policy course submit a short description of their background in foreign policy and professional interest in the course.
Applicants to the Steiger Fund submit a 3-to-5-page proposal, including a concrete work plan, describing the project subject, its proposed scholarly contributions, the project aims, and the expected outcomes.
Recipients of the APSA Congressional Fellowship receive a stipend of $52,500. The stipend covers the 9.5-month period of the fellowship from November to August and is paid in twelve installments starting in September of the fellowship year. Fellows also receive funds to cover travel to and from Washington, DC, and funds for a trip to the district of the Member of Congress for whom they work.
Successful applicants to the William A. Steiger Fund also will receive a stipend for the period of time that they are visiting scholars at the Centennial Center.
The Congressional Fellowship Program will cover the cost of tuition for fellows selected for the Congress and Foreign Policy Course.
The application period for APSA-sponsored fellowships opens in early fall and closes in December. The application must be submitted online and include:
- a detailed resume or cv
- a 500-word personal statement explaining how participation in the fellowship relates to the applicant's professional goals
- one sole-authored writing sample (political scientists and MCI-communications scholars) or news article, broadcast script, or clip (journalists)
- the names and contact information for three professional references who have agreed to write letters of recommendation
Applicants will be notified in January if selected for an interview, which will be held in February of the application year. Applicants are notified of the final status of their applications shortly after their interviews.