APAICS Congressional Fellowship Program 2020-2021 in Washington DC (grant of $22,500)

APAICS Congressional Fellowship Program 2020-2021 in Washington DC (grant of $22,500)

Deadline: January 24, 2020

The Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS) is accepting applications for the 2020-2021 Congressional Fellowship Program in Washington, DC. The Congressional Fellowship is designed for young AAPI professionals looking to increase their experience in public policy and service.

The full-time, paid, nine-month long program, provides Fellows with opportunities to build their leadership skills, encourages political engagement, and fosters interests in public service careers. Fellows are placed in congressional offices and serve as part of the legislative team. The Fellowship will run from September 2020 – June 2021.

The Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS) is a national non-partisan, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting Asian Pacific American participation and representation at all levels of the political process, from community service to elected office. APAICS programs focus on developing leadership, building public policy knowledge, and filling the political pipeline for Asian Pacific Americans to pursue public office at the local, state, and federal levels.


APAICS Fellows will receive:

  • Professional work experience in Washington, DC
  • A grant of $22,500 for the duration of the nine-month Fellowship (equivalent to a $30,000 annual salary)
  • Domestic round-trip transportation to Washington, D.C.
  • Professional Development Funds
  • Health insurance reimbursement of $200 a month
  • Leadership development program, networking, access to APAICS alumni network and more


  • Have completed their undergraduate degree and/or have at least five years of public service experience prior to the program start date.
  • Be U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, or individuals who are legally authorized to work full-time without restriction for any U.S. employer and who possess lawful evidence of employment authorization.
    • Note: Individuals who are seeking consideration under the “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival” (DACA) policy must possess an Employment Authorization Document at the time of application that is valid throughout the program.
  • Family members of the APAICS Board of Directors or National Advisory Council are prohibited from participating in any of APAICS’ programs.

Program Requirements

  • Work 40 hours a week at placement site
  • Attend a one-day orientation
  • Participate in all APAICS-sponsored activities
  • Develop and execute a policy briefing to promote public policy issues of importance to AAPIs
  • Comply with APAICS policies regarding work performance and personal conduct

Selection Criteria

Applications are scored based on evidence of leadership and leadership potential, including community involvement, commitment to public service, and ability to challenge self.


The following items are required as part of the application and should be uploaded, no exceptions will be made for incomplete applications after the deadline.

  • Resume
  • Essay Responses
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
  • Academic Transcripts (official or unofficial, if applicable)

Click here to apply

For more information, visit APAICS Congressional Fellowship.