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         The APSA Congressional Fellowship Program is a highly selective,
         nonpartisan program devoted to expanding knowledge and
         awareness of Congress. Since 1953, it has brought select political
         scientists, journalists, federal employees, health specialists, and other
         professionals to Capitol Hill to experience Congress through fellowship
         placements on congressional staffs.

         The program lasts nine months, beginning in November and
         ending in mid-August. Fellows spend the month of November in an
         intensive orientation where they participate in daily seminars with
         policy specialists, congressional staff, scholars, and journalists. After
         orientation, fellows serve placements in congressional personal
         offices or committees of their choosing in the Senate or House of
         Representatives. Fellows also participate in ongoing seminars and
         enrichment opportunities throughout the fellowship year.

         The APSA directly recruits and sponsors fellowships for political
         scientists and journalists and for the APSA-MCI Communications
         Congressional Fellowship for scholars and journalists. In addition to
         fellows from these professions, each fellowship class includes federal
         government employees sponsored by their home agencies and
         professionals in other fields sponsored by a range of organizations.

         The program has achieved a reputation for excellence for the rigor of the fellowship year and the achievements of its
         alumni in advancing scholarship, teaching, and public understanding of national politics. It has served as a model for
         fellowship programs in all three branches of the federal government and in parliamentary settings abroad.

         The Fellowship Class of 2017-2018
         The 65th class of APSA Congressional Fellows began orientation in early November. The class this year consists of 30
         fellows, including 5 political scientists, 1 journalist, 4 federal government employees, 12 Health and Aging Policy Fellows
         sponsored through the John A. Hartford Foundation, 6 Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellows, and 1 fellow each
         from the Spirit Mountain Community Fund Mark O. Hatfield Fellowship Program and the Sasakawa Peace Foundation

         In addition to serving their fellowship placements, the fellows also will take part in a wide range of enrichment programs
         throughout the year. These enrichment sessions, a hallmark of the Congressional Fellowship Program, include monthly
         seminars on US politics, trips to Ottawa, Canada, and Annapolis, Maryland, to study parliamentary and state politics, and
         a recently launched exit seminar that helps fellows leverage the fellowship experience in the next phases of their careers.

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