Application Information

“The Wilson Center Foreign Policy Fellowship for Congressional staff is a breakthrough program that brings together Republicans and Democrats in the best spirit of comity and bipartisanship on the critical foreign policy issues facing the nation today.”

– Thomas Friedman, New York Times Columnist

Who Should Apply

The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars invites mid- to senior-level Congressional staff (Legislative Assistant, Legislative Director or Chief of Staff) to participate in the Woodrow Wilson Foreign Policy Fellowship Program. The Fellowship Program is also open to exceptional rising leaders with a keen interest in foreign policy who staff other U.S. policymakers. Each year, the Wilson Center will host two Seminar Series (Spring and Fall) with 50 participants each to take part in a bipartisan dialogue on foreign policy, addressing key public policy challenges for legislators today. 

Applicants to the Fellowship Program should possess an understanding of the legislative process and aspire to a meaningful career in shaping foreign policy.

Application Requirements and Dates

Applicants for the Woodrow Wilson Foreign Policy Fellowship Program must submit for consideration no later than 11:59PM EST, TuesdayMarch 31, 2015 a complete copy of the application form, a copy of their resume, and a recommendation letter from their member of Congress/employer (recommended). Applications will open on Monday, February 23, 2015.

The dates for the Spring 2015 Seminar Series are April 17, April 24, May 1, May 8, May 15, and May 22. If accepted, each fellow is required to attend at least five (5) sessions of the seminar series, which runs on Fridays from 2:30pm-5:30pmPlease do not apply unless you know you can attend all program dates.


After successfully completing the seminar series, participants will be invited to continue to shape the public debate on foreign policy issues as Woodrow Wilson Foreign Policy Fellowship Alumni.

"The insight provided by the various speakers, as well as by my colleagues, was fascinating. I believe the program will lead to increased bipartisanship that begins at the staff level and reaches the members themselves."

– Andrew Robreno (Fellow, Spring 2013)


Experts & Staff


The Woodrow Wilson Foreign Policy Fellowship Program is generously supported by Carnegie Corporation of New York and The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

Carnegie Corporation