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 APSA Congressional Fellowship   



Founded in 1953, the APSA Congressional Fellowship Program is the nation's oldest and most prestigious congressional fellowship. For nine months, a select political scientist, journalist, federal executive or an international scholar will gain hands on understanding of the legislative process by serving on congressional staffs. The program starts each year in November with a three-week intensive orientation on the legislative process and current congressional affairs. Fellows begin their office assignments on Capitol Hill in December. Enrichment opportunities are offered throughout the program to deepen the learning experience.


The Fellow will receive a monthly stipend of $3,800 for ten months, $2,150 for program-related international travel, $160 for books, and additional travel expenses for the visit to the Canadian Parliament and one trip to the district office of their respective Congress member. For more information please visit APSA's Congressional Fellowship page.




  • Applicants must be Australian citizens
  • Possess exceptional writing and oral skills
  • Have a minimum of three years professional work experience

Supported Fields 

Fields should demonstrate ties to politics or public policy.



Foreign Policy


Labor Unions 


Science  Social Science Business   Think Tanks


 Detailed resume and cover letter
  • 3 professional letters of recommendation with full contact details
  • Writing sample (one published or unpublished manuscript)
  • Personal essay addressing the significance of the Congressional Fellowship program for your future career and professional goals
    • Be as specific as possible, stating which Congressional office you would like to work in and on what set of issues you would wish to focus on
  • Commitment to US-Australian relations
  • Quality of required materials
  • Professional excellence
  • Current and future involvement in the public policy process in Australia


The APSA opens Jan 15
The APSA closes Mar 1
Fellows are announced Jun 30
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Past APSA Fellows

2014  Jonathan Swan

Jonathan Swan is the national political correspondent for The Sydney Morning Herald and Fairfax Media's family of newspapers and websites across Australia.  In 2014, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott presented Jonathan with the Wallace Brown Award, recognizing him as the most outstanding young journalist in the federal parliamentary press gallery.

2013 David Eggleston

David Eggleston is currently employed by the Australian Government in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, United States Trade Section. He is also completing his part time Masters of Public Policy at the Australian National University. David has a Bachelors Degree in Economics and Law from Macquarie University, and a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the College of Law University of Technology. Prior to joining the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, David held various positions at Qantas Airlines. 

2012 Rebekah Grindlay

Rebekah Grindlay is on leave from the Australian Foreign Service, having served most recently as Deputy Head of Mission in Pakistan from 2008-2011. Before joining the Foreign Service she worked for the UN Terrorism Prevention Branch and the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.  She has lived or travelled in over 100 countries, and holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Government and International Relations from the University of Sydney and a Master in Public Policy from Princeton University.


2011 Andrew Brookes

Andrew Brookes is a lawyer specializing in energy and climate change matters.  He has advised a range of government and corporate clients on emissions trading, renewable energy, carbon capture and storage, electricity and gas regulation and energy sector transactions. While practicing as a lawyer, Andrew completed a research Masters in International Politics at the University of Melbourne.

2010 James Sullivan            

James studied Law and International Relations at the University of Queensland and has since worked in a number of positions in the law, politics and government. He has had a long interest in public policy and Australia's political system, including as a Campaign Director for a federal seat in the 2007 election and as an Advisor to Federal Ministers in Canberra after the 2007 election.  James is currently the Senior Policy Advisor to the Queensland Deputy Premier and Minister for Health.  He has also been involved in a number of community organizations in Brisbane.

2009 Sarah Miskin 

Sarah Currently works as a Senior Researcher in the politics section of the Research Branch of the Australian Federal Parliamentary Library. Sarah’s areas of expertise include Australian government, political finance, elections, campaigning, opinion polls, and the policy-making process. Sarah has a PhD in politics from the Research School of Social Sciences at the Australian National University, and BA (Hons) and an MA from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand.

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