Center for the Study of Congress and the Presidency Fellows Program

Washington D.C.,
United States
Term: Academic Year

Fellows participate in virtual sessions plus a yearly conference on leadership and governance in Washington, D.C.

The next application deadline is Mar 28, 2024
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Since 1970, The Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress’s Fellows Program has brought selected fellows to Washington, DC yearly to learn about leadership and governance, share their outstanding research, and explore careers in public service. Fellows are given the opportunity to study the U.S. Presidency, public policy-making process, and America's Chief Executive’s relations with Congress, allies, the media, and the American public. Alumni of the Fellows program include Capitol Hill and White House staffers, award-winning journalists, CEOs of corporations and non-profit organizations, senior military leaders and university presidents and deans.

Fellows participate in monthly virtual sessions starting in Fall 2023, as well as a three-day leadership conference in Washington, DC during Spring 2024. In addition, Fellows will complete a research paper that is eligible for publication and awards. While attending the conference, the Fellows participate in workshops where they present and receive constructive criticism on their research papers. The Fellows also have the opportunity to engage with policy experts, government officials, and leaders in the legislative process.

The centerpiece of the Fellowship is the fellow’s original research paper on the key issues of the past, present and/or future as they relate to the Presidency and Congress.

University nomination

Columbia University may nominate one candidate for consideration for this opportunity. Generally, those selected are entering the final year of their undergraduate studies, but advanced underclassmen are also welcome to apply. Applications will be advantaged if the applicant is writing a senior thesis.

To apply for nomination, click "Start Your Application" and complete all application materials before 11:59pm EST on the internal deadline.

Fact Sheet

Arts and Architecture, Humanities, Social Sciences, STEM
Columbia College, Columbia Engineering, Columbia General Studies, Junior, Not U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident, Senior, U.S. Citizen, U.S. Permanent Resident
Fellowship Type:
Washington D.C.,
United States
North America
Academic Year

Dates & Deadlines

Academic Year
Application Deadline: 
Thursday, March 28, 2024
Internal deadline