Congressional Fellowship

Fellowship FAQ

What is the application timeline?

  • The deadline to apply for the Fellowship is at 5pm ET on January 31, 2020
  • First round (applications) decisions made by February 28, 2020
  • Second round (interviews) decisions made by March 27, 2020
  • Final round (interview with Congressional Staffers) decisions made by April 2020


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

The grant 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 Congressional Fellowship begin and when does it end?

The 2020-2021 Fellowship begins on September 2020 and ends on June 2021.

Final Round Interviews

Being a finalist does not guarantee a placement in a host office. Finalists will be interviewed by legislative staffers in host offices who review applications. Finalists may receive more than one request for an interview. In the case that one or more offices want to place a finalist in their office, finalists get to make the decision on what office they will be placed in. Additionally, finalists may not get a request for an interview at all.


Which office will I be placed in?

APAICS prioritizes placements in the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) member offices. We also place Fellows in leadership offices, committees, and administrative offices.


Recommendation Letters

You will need to submit two (2) letters of recommendation letters through our application portal. If you recommender does not want to submit them to you, they can email the recommendation letter to with the subject line “APAICS Congressional Fellowship Recommendation Letter for [YOUR NAME]” 

  • Note: If your recommender chooses to email the letter, you will need to upload and submit a document on the application portal with a PDF document with the content “My recommender [RECOMMENDER NAME] sent recommendation letter by email”


Is the Fellowship limited to specific political parties?

No. APAICS is a non-partisan organization and encourages applicants interested in serving in both Democrat and Republican offices to apply. Our goal is to provide the best Congressional Fellowship experience regardless of party affiliation.


Can DACA recipients apply?

Yes.  Individuals who are seeking consideration under the “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival”

(DACA) policy must possess an Employment Authorization Document at the time of application that is valid throughout the program.


Is housing assistance provided?

No. Unfortunately, APAICS does not provide housing assistance for Congressional Fellows.


If I am not accepted, can I apply again in the future?

Yes. We encourage applicants who have not been accepted to do so.

Is it possible to defer my placement as a Congressional Fellow?

No. If you do not participate in the program for the term in which you were admitted, you must submit a new application to reapply for a different term.


Do I have to be in Washington, DC for the Congressional Fellowship?

Yes. You must live in Washington, DC.


Additional Questions?

You can email or call 202-296-9200, please expect up to 5 business days for a response.

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