Congressional Fellowship Timeline

  • Application Opens: May 1
  • Applications Due:  November 1
  • Notification of Eligibility:  Late November
  • Notification of Interview:  First week of February
  • Candidates invited for semifinalist interviews will be asked to write a one-page briefing memo on a designated science policy topic to be determined. The deadline for the briefing memo will be 7-10 days before the start of the interviews.
  • Semifinalist Interviews**:  Late February to Early March
  • We will post interview dates for the individual program areas when they become available.
  • Finalist Interview Week:  Mid April
  • Placement Offers Extended:  May - June
  • Fellowships Begin:  September 1
  • Orientation:  First two weeks of September
  • Congressional Placement: Mid-September
  • Professional Development Program:  Yearlong
  • Fellowship End Date:  August 31

Most offices begin contacting fellows directly after the reception and schedule interviews during the next few weeks. The majority of offices make offers within one to two weeks. Most fellows may begin working immediately. Most years, some fellows have a January to December fellowship (start dates will be indicated in the fellows' bio book and policy interest list). These individuals may interview in the fall for a January placement.


AAAS Congressional Science & Engineering Fellowships Reception

Each year in mid-September AAAS hosts a reception on Capitol Hill following the completion of the two-week fellowship orientation program. This reception marks the beginning of the placement process and provides a venue for staff from Members' offices and committees to meet the incoming fellows. Participating offices will receive the bios and policy interests of the fellows prior to the reception.