January 2009 Issue Volume 37 Issue 1

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Funding

THE SYDNEY S. SPIVACK PROGRAM IN APPLIED SOCIAL RESEARCH AND SOCIAL POLICY

2009 CONGRESSIONAL FELLOWSHIP

Deadline: February 1, 2009

The ASA encourages applications for its Congressional Fellowship. The Fellowship brings a PhD-level sociologist to Washington, DC, to work as a staff member on a congressional committee or in a congressional office, or as a member of a congressional agency. This intensive four- to six-month experience reveals the intricacies of the policy-making process to the sociological fellow, and shows the usefulness of sociological data and concepts to policy issues. The stipend for the Fellowship is $20,000 for six months and $30,000 for 11 months.

Each applicant should have a general idea about the area of interest, some experience in client-driven work, good writing skills, and a commitment to the policy process. It is helpful to investigate some placement possibilities in advance, or to suggest some in the letter of interest. The application should highlight the link between one’s sociological expertise and a current policy issue. Be sure to specify the time span available to do the fellowship placement.

ASA will join with other associations’ congressional fellows to offer orientation, meetings, and support for the person selected. The person will work closely with the ASA’s Spivack Program on Applied Social Research and Social Policy, with possibilities for congressional staff or press briefings, public speaking, writing issue papers, and other opportunities.

Applications can be obtained by emailing or calling ASA or by downloading one off of the ASA home page at www.asanet.org/cs/root/leftnav/funding/asa_congressional_fellowship. Materials must be postmarked by February 1, 2009. Send a completed application and a vita to:

ASA Congressional Fellowship
1430 K Street, NW, Suite 600
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 383-9005
spivack@asanet.org

 

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