WREI Congressional Fellowships
on Women and
WREI Congressional Fellows FAQ
WREI's former, current and future fellows (and their congressional bosses!) thank our
corporate and individual fellowship funders for their generosity that makes possible
WREI's Congressional Fellowships on Women & Public Policy!
this a scholarship program?
WREI offer any scholarships?
What does a fellow do?
Is a nine-month stay in Washington, DC a requirement?
Who is eligible?
Is the fellowship only available to women?
Is there an age requirement?
Is the fellowship restricted to any discipline or
course of study?
How are WREI fellows compensated?
How Do I apply?
How many people apply for the fellowship?
When are applications due?
When are decisions made?
Why a women's policy fellowship?
What are the selection criteria?
this a scholarship program?
No. It is a fellowship for the purpose of giving students experience
in public policymaking in Congress.
WREI offer any scholarships, loans, or grants?
No. We only offer Congressional Fellowships.
does a Fellow do?
Fellows to come to Washington, DC, for eight months.
Following a mandatory two-week orientation to Capitol Hill in January, Fellows meet once a week at issue seminars with women’s advocates, activists, Congressional staff, researchers, and lobbyists. Fellows work
minimum of 40 hours per week from January through August as legislative assistants on policy issues.
an eight-month stay in Washington, DC a requirement?
Only students who are currently enrolled in a master's
or doctoral program at an accredited institution in the United States
or who have completed such a program within the past 18 months are eligible.
WREI strongly recommends that applicants complete at least nine hours
of graduate coursework before applying and have a demonstrated interest
in research or political activity related to women's social and political
the fellowship only available to women?
No. WREI welcomes applications from men and women.
there an age requirement?
No. People of any age are welcome to apply.
the fellowship restricted to any discipline or course of study?
No. The fellowship is open to all fields of study. Previous fellows
have come from such disciplines as law, medicine, political science,
social work, film-making, business, and nursing/midwifery.
are WREI Fellows compensated?
WREI fellows receive a stipend of approximately $1,450 per month for
eight months of the academic year (January-August). An additional sum
of $500 is provided for the purchase of health insurance. WREI will
also reimburse fellows up to a maximum of $1,500 ($750 per semester)
for the cost of three hours tuition at their home institutions (books and
other non-tuition charges are NOT covered). Fellows are responsible
for transportation to and from Washington and for finding their own
living arrangements. The number of fellowships for any given year changes according to funding from corporate, union, and
foundation sponsors. Over the years, WREI Fellowships have been made
possible by such funders as
by Amgen, Avon, Betta, Emily and Martha Ehrenfeld, the Newcomb Institute of Tulane University.
Do I Apply?
Fellowship applications for 2014 are now open. Fellowship information and applications specific to 2014 may be downloaded here. Faxed or late applications will not be considered.
many people apply for the fellowship?
WREI receives between 45 to 100 applications each year for available
are applications due?
Fellowship applications for 2014 will close FRIDAY, JUNE 14, 2013. Download the 2014 Fellowship Brochure here and the 2014 application here
are decisions made?
Semi-finalists will be interviewed in June, July, and August. Awards will be announced by early September.
a Women's Policy Fellowship?
The WREI Fellowships are designed to train women as potential leaders
in public policy formation and to examine issues from the perspective
and experiences and needs of women. This unique legislative program
is administered by WREI, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization located
in Washington, DC, and is the only fellowship program directed by, for,
and about women.
are the Selection Criteria?
Fellows are selected on the basis of academic competence as well as
their demonstrated interest in the public policy process. They must
be articulate and adaptable and have strong writing skills. WREI Fellows
come from a wide range of academic fields, e.g., medicine, law, nursing,
art, science, history, women's studies, and business administration.
WREI seeks diversity
in its fellowship program and welcomes qualified applicants of all ages,
races, religions, sexual orientation, experience, and academic fields.