Congressional Fellowship

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Congressional Fellowship Program

What is APAICS?

The Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS) is a national non-partisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting Asian Pacific American participation and representation at all levels of the political process, from community service to elected office. APAICS programs focus on developing leadership, building public policy knowledge, and creating political pathways for Asian Pacific Americans to pursue public office at the local, state, and federal levels.

What is the Congressional Fellowship Program?

The APAICS Congressional Fellowship Program offers full-time legislative and public policy fellowships in Washington, DC, providing exceptional graduates and young professionals with an opportunity to work on policy issues as staff members in a congressional office. The program aims to build leadership skills, encourage political civic engagement, and foster a strong interest in public service careers.

How much is the stipend and what are the other benefits of the Fellowship program?

The stipend for the Fellowship is $22,500 and if you are not covered for health insurance, APAICS will reimburse up to $200 of your health care plan cost.

When does the Fellowship begin and when does it end?

The 2019-2020 Fellowship begins on September 2019 and ends on June 2020.

What is the application timeline?

- The deadline to apply for the Fellowship is at midnight on February 20, 2019
- First round decisions made by March 2019
- Second round decisions made by April 2019
- Final round decisions made by May 2019


Because the Asian American Pacific Islander community needs you. We need you to serve and to make our democracy more reflective of the people it serves. Our country currently faces historic challenges and the Asian American and Pacific Islander community continues to be invisibilized in elected office and public service, but we need you to change that narrative.

Who can I contact if I have questions?

Vimala Phongsavanh

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