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The ASA Congressional 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 eleven-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.
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 downloading one off of the ASA website (www.asanet.org and click on “Funding”). Materials must be postmarked by February 1. Direct questions to:
ASA Congressional Fellowship, 1430 K Street, NW, Suite 600, Washington, DC 20005, (202) 383-9005 x322, firstname.lastname@example.org