The Fellowship Experience

The APSA Congressional Fellowship Program provides a unique opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge of Congress and policymaking through fellowship placements in the Senate, House of Representatives, and other select offices. Fellows also attend an intensive orientation and enjoy an array of enrichment activities throughout the fellowship year.

The fellowship class includes several different categories of fellows, including political scientists, journalists, and telecommunications scholars directly recruited and sponsored by APSA; federal government employees sponsored by their home agencies; and fellows from different professions sponsored through one of our partner organizations. The program begins each year in November with an intensive orientation and concludes in August. See the full schedule below. Fellows in categories specified below may begin their fellowship year in September through two additional programs.


Congress and Foreign Policy Course
For international fellows, federal government employees who work on foreign policy, and APSA-sponsored fellows with a background in international affairs.
This eight-week program, held at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, introduces fellows to the role of the Congress in shaping U.S. foreign policy. Learn more here.

Steiger Fellowship
Optional program for APSA-sponsored Fellows
Prospective fellows who apply for an APSA-sponsored congressional fellowship may apply through the same application form for a fellowship from the William A. Steiger Fund for Legislative Studies. Steiger funding allows Fellows to spend up to two months at the APSA Centennial Center in Washington, DC, carrying out a research project on legislative studies in advance of the main fellowship year.


Orientation - November
For all Fellows
Throughout this month-long program, fellows engage in daily seminars with policy specialists, congressional staffers, scholars, journalists, and other experts on Capitol Hill. Learn more here.

Fellowship Placements – December/January - August
Fellows secure their own placements by interviewing for positions with the offices and committees of their choice. Learn more here and also see our roster of recent placements.

Congressional District Trip – Spring/Summer

This weeklong trip provides an opportunity to interact with Members and to differentiate between their roles in Washington and in their home district. Learn more here.

Fellowship Enrichment Programs – January-August
Enrichment programs provide additional learning opportunities throughout the fellowship year.

Learn more:
Wilson Seminar Series
US-Canada Exchange Program
Maryland Statehouse Visit
Beyond the Fellowship Year Professional Development Seminar

Closing Reception – July 
The year-end Closing Reception, traditionally held in the Mike Mansfield Room of the U.S. Capitol, honors each departing class. The presence of Senators, Representatives, and other officials, along with numerous friends and supporters of the program, serves as testament to the work fellows have completed throughout the year.

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