Presidential Fellow application (due March 21)

The University of Connecticut has been invited by the Center for the Study of the Presidency & Congress to nominate a student to serve as a Presidential Fellow. The Office of National Scholarships is seeking students interested in pursuing this unique opportunity.

What is a Presidential Fellow?
Presidential Fellows are outstanding students selected by their colleges and universities to have a year-long opportunity to study the U.S. Presidency, Congress, and the public policymaking process. Fellows travel to Washington, DC, twice a year to attend three-day conferences. At these policy workshops, Fellows discuss national issues with scholars of American government and international affairs, senior government officials, and leaders from the fields of business, media, public policy, and the military. Recent speakers have included Ben Bernanke, Laura Bush, Vint Cerf, Tom Ridge, and George Stephanopoulos.

In addition to the conferences, Fellows write an original research paper (10-15 pages) on the Presidency or Congress. Each student identifies a faculty advisor on his or her home campus and is appointed a mentor from a relevant field by the Center for the Study of the Presidency & Congress to help with the process. The Center pays for all the expenses except for travel to and from Washington D.C. which is usually paid by the department of the student.

Who is eligible to apply?
Typically, Fellows are seniors in an undergraduate program, but advanced underclassmen or graduate students can also participate in the program. Fellows can come from any major or specialization, but they should have strong academic credentials, a demonstrated interest in the institutions of the Presidency and Congress, and a desire to make public service a part of their careers.

What is the application process?
Interested UConn students (usually tapped by faculty advisors) can submit the following to Jill Deans at the Office of National Scholarship.

· A two page essay or research proposal on the Presidency or Congress

· A current transcript (unofficial ok)

· A two-page resume

· A letter of support from faculty

All materials must be submitted by March 21, 2011. Submissions can be made through email at ons at or in person at CUE 416. If you have any questions, you may contact Jill Deans, Dir., UConn’s Office of National Scholarships: jill.deans at

This posting is for UConn students only.

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