2018 Boggs Congressional Fellowship

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The program is open to applicants who are currently enrolled in, or have recently completed, a graduate program leading to a degree. 

The Fellowships are designed to train potential leaders in public policy formation to examine issues from the perspective, experiences, and needs of women. Fellows work 40 hours each week in a congressional office as a legislative aide on policy issues affecting women. Fellows meet weekly for issue seminars directed by the WCPI staff. Orientation for the Class of 2019 will begin in January 2019; office placement starts at the end of that month. The program runs until the end of July 2019.

In January 2014, the Women’s Congressional Policy Institute (WCPI) became the new home for the WREI Congressional Fellowships on Women and Public Policy program. The fellowship program places current or recent graduate students in the Washington, D.C. offices of Members of Congress and congressional committees. Fellows work 40 hours per week from January through July as legislative aides on public policy issues. Following a mandatory two-week orientation to Capitol Hill in January, Fellows meet once a week at issue seminars with women’s advocates, congressional staff, researchers, and lobbyists. WCPI expects to award at least four Fellowships for 2019. In recent years, Fellowships have been made possible by Amgen; PepsiCo; the Kahn Foundation; Betta, Emily, and Martha Ehrenfeld; and the Newcomb College Institute of Tulane University, among others. For 2019, Fellows will receive a stipend of approximately $3,400.00 per month gross. An additional sum of up to $1,000 is provided for the purchase of health insurance with submission of a bill from a provider. WCPI is not responsible for funding transportation to and from Washington, or for finding lodging for students. It is up to the Fellow to make all arrangements for satisfying her institution’s academic requirements. PURPOSE The program is designed to: 

  • Develop a cadre of talented women experienced in public policymaking at the national level;
  • Encourage more effective participation by women in policy formation at all levels of government;
  • Examine how policies affect women and men differently and encourage the formulation of policy options that recognize the needs of all people;
  • Promote activities that encourage the translation of research into policy;
  • Raise awareness that domestic and international issues affecting women are interdependent;
  • Increase understanding that those issues often defined as “women’s issues” are, in fact, “human issues” of equal importance to men and women.

An intensive two-week orientation program for all Fellows begins in early January 2019 in Washington, D.C. Attendance at orientation is mandatory for all Fellows with no exceptions. During orientation, Fellows interview for House and Senate assignments. Fellows are generally placed in their Hill offices by late January; they work through July 2019. Required weekly meetings continue through the course of the program. Fellows are granted seven days of vacation that can be taken at any time with approval of the congressional office and notification to WCPI.

Only students who are currently enrolled in a master’s, doctoral, or professional degree 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 are eligible for the program. WCPI strongly recommends that applicants have completed at least nine hours of graduate coursework before applying, and have a demonstrated interest in research or political activity relevant to women’s social and political status. Competition often includes attorneys, doctors, MBAs, and PhD candidates with extensive professional and volunteer experience. To examine the credentials and Fellowship work of previous Fellows, go to http://www.womenspolicy.org/our-work/congressional-fellows/. SELECTION CRITERIA Fellows are selected on the basis of academic competence, as well as 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. NCI welcomes applications from women-identified graduate students or recent alumnae. Candidates should have received their undergraduate or graduate degree from Newcomb College or Tulane University.

Applications must be received at NCI no later than May 31, 2018. The most heavily weighted part of the application is a 1,500-word autobiographical essay demonstrating interest, experience, and writing ability. Applicants must also present official transcripts of previous academic work (college and graduate level) and three letters of reference mailed directly to NCI. Semi-finalists will be interviewed in June and July. Awards will be announced by early August.

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Boggs Congressional Fellowship Program 
Newcomb College Institute
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New Orleans, LA 70118

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Please attach an autobiographical essay of no more than 1,500 words that tells about yourself and how you got where you are today. The essay should also be responsive to the following points: •What experiences led to your interest in women’s issues? •Which issues most interest you? •How would this Fellowship affect your long-term personal and professional goals?
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The U. S. Senate and House of Representatives are rewarding but stressful places to work. Offices are crowded, deadlines are tight, egos are large,and staff is territorial. Please indicate in one paragraph the skills, maturity, and flexibility you offer to cope with such challenges.
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Beyond the formal record of your academic and employment history, you may append a statement of not more than one page to indicate special and unusual skills, interests, or experiences that you consider important in the evaluation of your qualifications for this fellowship. This could include obstacles you have overcome, family situations, special needs, etc.