Graduate Funding Information Service

April 28, 2021

Congressional Fellowships on Women & Public Policy

Application Deadline: June 7, 2:00 pm Pacific Time

  • For current and recent graduate students
  • Full-time work in a congressional office in Washington, D.C. on policy issues affecting women
  • Stipend of approximately $3,400 per month
  • Seven months, January-July 2022

The Women’s Congressional Policy Institute (WCPI) has been the home of the Congressional Fellowships on Women and Public Policy (formerly the WREI Fellowships) since 2014. The fellowships are extended each year to a select number of students pursuing a graduate degree or those who have recently completed a master’s, doctorate, or professional degree with a proven commitment to equity for women.

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 WCPI staff. Orientation for the Class of 2021 will begin in January 2021; office placement starts at the end of that month. The program runs until August. Fellows will receive a stipend for seven months in 2021. Additional funding is provided for health insurance; however, Fellows are responsible for transportation to and from Washington, D.C., and for finding their own living arrangements. For more details about salary and health insurance, click Fellowship Fact Sheet.


Students who are currently enrolled in a graduate program, or who have completed such a program within two years of the fellowship start date (January 2022), are eligible. WCPI strongly recommends that applicants complete at least nine hours of graduate coursework before applying and display serious interest in research and policymaking relevant to issues affecting women and their families. In terms of citizenship, the eligibility requirements for this award state, applicants “must be legally eligible to work in the United States.”

For more information about this opportunity, including how to apply, click here.