Frequently Asked Questions

    • What is the deadline for applications?
      • The deadline for the 2017 Class of Fellows has passed. We will post materials for the 2018 Class in the Spring of 2017.

 

    • What does a Fellow do?
      • Fellows work 40 hours each week in a congressional office as a legislative assistant on a variety of policy issues. Fellows meet weekly for issue seminars directed by the WPI staff. Orientation for the Class of 2017 will begin in January 2017; office placement starts at the end of that month. The program runs until August.

 

    • What are the selection criteria?
      • Fellows are selected on the basis of academic competence as well as demonstrated interest in the public policy process. They must be articulate, adaptable, and have strong writing skills. Fellows may come from virtually any field. WPI promotes equal opportunity in its fellowship program and welcomes qualified applicants of any age, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, experience, and academic field.

 

    • What is the award?
      • Fellows will receive a biweekly stipend for eight months at a rate to be determined for 2018. An additional sum is provided for health insurance. The 2018 stipend and health insurance rate will be posted in the Spring of 2017. Fellows are responsible for transportation to and from Washington, and for finding their own living arrangements.

 

  • Am I eligible?
    • Students who are currently enrolled in a graduate program at an accredited institution in the United States or who have completed such a program within the past 18 months are eligible. Only U.S. citizens will be considered. WPI strongly recommends that applicants complete at least nine hours of graduate coursework before applying and display serious interest in research and policymaking relevant to women’s issues.