WREI CONGRESSIONAL FELLOWSHIPS ON WOMEN AND PUBLIC POLICY

SPONSORING AGENCY: The Women's Research and Education Institute (WREI)

PURPOSE: WREI awards fellowships to a select number of graduate students with a proven commitment to equity for women. WREI Fellows gain practical policymaking experience and graduate credit as they work for one academic year as congressional legislative aides in Washington. This program is designed to train women as potential leaders in public policy formation and to examine issues from the perspective and experiences and needs of women.

IMPORTANT NOTE: This Fellowship requires that you take time away from your studies to go to Washington D.C. from January to September, and it does not support study at your home institution.

FIELDS: Any Field

ELIGIBILITY: Only students who are currently enrolled in a master's or doctoral program at an accredited institution in the United States or who have completed such a program within the past 18 months are eligible. It is strongly recommended that applicants have completed at least nine hours of graduate coursework, and have a demonstrated interest in research or political activity related to women's social and political status.

EVALUATION AND SELECTION: Fellows are selected on the basis of academic competence, as well as their demonstrated interest in the public policy process. They are expected to be articulate and adaptable, and to have strong writing skills. Applicants with a variety of traditional and non-traditional academic backgrounds will be considered.

STIPEND:

  • $1,450 per month from January - August
  • $500 for health insurance
  • Maximum of $1,500 ($750 per semester) reimbursement for the cost of tuition at the fellows' home institutions

APPLICATION DEADLINE: May 20, 2011

For additional information and application materials, please visit the WREI Congressional Fellowships Web Site.