Legis Congressional Fellowship

Download the Legis Congressional Fellowship Application:  

For Government Applicants (pdf)   |   For Corporate Applicants (pdf)

Build Your Capacity for Greatness in Government

Immerse yourself in legislative activity, brief members of Congress, plan and take part in committee hearings and more. You will return to your organization with a clear understanding of congressional policymaking, enhanced political acumen and an enduring network of valuable contacts on Capitol Hill. In addition to a two-week, intensive orientation led by experts at the Brookings Institution, fellows receive two two complementary BEE courses (residential courses not included) taken within the year of the Fellowship's completion.

"I'm not a lawyer, but I fit in very well. I wrote legislation. I wrote speeches. I wrote floor statements. I analyzed bills. Legis makes us better at what we do. You learn so much. If I could do it again, I would."
-Legis Fellow

"I would recommend it wholeheartedly. It was amazing."
-Legis Fellow

"It's really a win-win, both for Congress and the agency."
-Legis Fellow

Public-sector managers: Acquire an in-depth understanding of the legislative process that will help your agency interact more effectively with Congress—and build your resume with a unique cross-branch fellowship.

Private-sector managers:
Gain an insider’s knowledge of congressional affairs and public policy that will benefit your company and your career.

Qualifications: Applicants must have a significant interest in legislative policy and be able to work independently. Government candidates must have a minimum grade level of GS-13. Private sector candidates should have at least seven years of management experience.

How to apply: Nominations should be submitted by your immediate supervisor or through your organization’s training office. The application form is available for download or call 202.797.6319.

You will need to provide:

  • A completed Legis application form
  • A detailed resume
  • A supervisor’s recommendation describing your executive potential, need for this training and prospects for success as a congressional staff member
  • A statement describing the relevance of training to career goals and how it will be used by your agency or employer
  • Government candidates only are required a completed, approved and signed training form including a valid billing address and purchase order number (SF182, DD1556, HHS350 or other approved training form)

Choose a seven-month fellowship or twelve-month fellowship. Each session begins with an intensive two-week orientation led by Brookings experts.

  • Half year: January 3–July 28, 2017; application due October 28, 2016
  • Full year: January 3–December 15, 2017; application due October 28, 2016


  • 7-month fellowship: $4,525
  • 12-month fellowship: $6,135

Washington, D.C.

Ian Dubin, Director, Legis Fellowship, at or 202.797.6319

In recent years, fellows have served in a wide variety of congressional and committee offices including:

  • Rep. Joe Baca, D-CA
  • Sen. Robert Casey, D-PA
  • Sen. Bob Corker, R-TN
  • Sen. Michael Crapo, R-ID
  • Rep. Kay Granger, R-TX
  • Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-UT
  • Sen. John Kerry, D-MA
  • Rep. Steven LaTourette, R-OH
  • Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-VT
  • Sen. Joe Manchin, D-WV
  • Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-MO
  • Rep. James Moran, D-VA
  • Sen. Jack Reed, D-RI
  • Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-NH
  • Rep. Michael Turner, R-OH
  • Sen. Mark Warner, D-VA
  • Sen. Roger Wicker, R-MS
  • Senate Banking Subcommittee on Securities, Insurance, and Investment
  • Senate Finance Committee
  • Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
  • House Appropriations Committee
  • House Budget Committee
  • House Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs
  • House Committee of Oversight and Government Reform
  • Congressional Human Rights Commission