The American Psycholgoical Association welcomes applications for the APA Congressional Fellowship.
The fellowship provides psychologists with a one-year public policy learning experience during which they are expected to contribute to the more effective use of psychological knowledge in government and help broaden awareness about the value of interactions between psychologists and federal government bureaucrats.
APA Congressional Fellows spend a year working on the staff of a member of Congress or congressional committee. Activities may involve drafting legislation, conducting oversight work, assisting with congressional hearings and events, and preparing briefs and speeches. Fellows also attend a two-week orientation program on congressional and executive branch operations that provides guidance for the congressional placement process and participate in a yearlong seminar series focused on science and public policy issues.
APA and APF each sponsor up to two congressional fellows for one-year appointments. The APA fellowship is open to all full APA members, while the APF fellowship was created to support psychologists with a background in developmental or clinical psychology and experience working directly with children.
Fellowship stipends range from $75,000 to $90,000, depending on years of postdoctoral experiences. The fellowship also provides reimbursement for health insurance coverage and a $3,750 stipend for professional development and relocation expenses during the fellowship year.
To be eligible, applicants must be a psychologist, a member of APA (or applicant for membership), a U.S. citizen, and have a doctorate in psychology (from an APA-accredited doctoral program and internship if in the area of professional psychology) or related field by the application deadline.
See the American Psychological Association website for complete program guidelines, application instructions, and a list of previous recipients.