Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF) Fellowships

Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF) Fellowships

Deadline: March 15, 2016

Through the CBCF’s 20-month fellowship programs, participants work with congressional members and committees, attend leadership development seminars, complete community service projects and produce policy papers. During their first placement, fellows gain invaluable experience as they assist in the development of legislative and public policy initiatives within Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) member offices.

Fellows work 40 hours per week on a range of staff assignments: legislative analysis, responding to constituent mail, drafting talking points and speeches for members, and coordinating logistics and public testimony for congressional hearings. During the second half of their program, fellows transition to a congressional committee, which complements their experience in a member’s office and provides them with a full view of the legislative process.


  • Fellows are paid an annual salary of $40,000 plus benefits. Participants must reside in or relocate to the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area and are responsible for their own travel, housing, and other living expenses.


  • Selected applicants will be qualified African-American or black young professionals who have earned a graduate or professional degree.
  • U.S. citizenship or a permit to work in the U.S. for the duration of the program (currently September 2016 through May 2018);
  • Familiarity with the federal legislative process, the U.S. Congress, the Congressional Black Caucus, and its members and related policy;
  • Demonstrated commitment to creating and implementing public policy to improve living conditions for underserved and underrepresented individuals.

Application Process

The following items will be requested through the online application:

  • A completed application form, including the required short essays;
  • Three (3) Essay Question Responses;
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation, submitted electronically (hard copy letters will not be accepted);
  • A two (2)-page resume listing extracurricular activities, honors, employment, community service, and special skills;
  • A recent photograph suitable for publication (i.e. a graduation photo or other professional-quality photograph in which the subject is formally dressed).
  • Official sealed transcripts from all institutions attended must be mailed to the following address and received by the CBCF by the deadline date:

CBCF Congressional Fellowship Programs
Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc.
1720 Massachusetts Ave, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20036

For more information, please call (202) 263-2800 or email [email protected]. Please include your name and the pertinent fellowship program in the subject line.

For more information, visit CBFC Fellowship.