The Application Process
Q: When should I expect to hear back after I apply?
A: All applicants
should expect to hear by early march about next steps. finalist interviews will
be held in late February or early march.
Q: What advice do you have for preparing the 750-word
A: Use your space wisely. There is no need to provide an
extensive rehashing of the accomplishments listed on your cv or resume or a
general overview of your research agenda. Rather, use the essay to explain
clearly how a congressional experience relates to the full range of your career
interests and professional goals.
Q: Do I need to specify in the application in
which Congressional Office I want to serve my placement?
A: No. Applicants are welcome to note general areas of
interest (e.g., a foreign affairs scholar might note an interest in serving with
a member on the house foreign affairs committee or in serving a placement on
the committee itself), but fellows do not need to give specific names. fellows
will have plenty of time and guidance during the fellowship orientation to
decide how they want to focus their search for a placement.
Q: What advice should I give my recommenders?
A: A good letter of recommendation will address not only the
candidate’s overall professional background and achievements, but also assess
her or his fit with the congressional fellowship program. Thus, good
applications go beyond a general job market letter to speak specifically about
the candidate’s background and qualifications for navigating and benefitting
from a year on Capitol Hill.
Q: Can I submit letters of recommendation from a
A: Yes, but please contact the congressional fellowship
program office first at [email protected] to confirm the delivery process. Our
preference is to receive letters of recommendation through the online
submission form. Please note, per above, that the strongest letters of
recommendation will be tailored to the specifics of the congressional
Q: Can my recommender email the letter of recommendation
to the Congressional Fellowship Program instead of uploading the form?
A: We encourage all letter writers to submit their letters
through the online form, but recommenders facing any technical difficulties may
send the letter by email attachment to [email protected]