There are no requirements for format or length, but most letters are approximately two pages. The letter should address:
- Why you would like to be a Congressional Science Fellow
- How it will advance your career goals
- How you are qualified
- What policy issues are of interest to you
- If you have previously held a one-year policy fellowship at the federal or state level, please also explain how this additional experience would benefit your career development and the broader scientific community.
The applicant’s curriculum vitae that includes personal and professional experience and a publications appendix. There are no requirements for format or length.
Three letters of recommendation from individuals able to discuss the applicant's competence and other aspects of their background that make them qualified to serve as a Congressional Science Fellow. Degree candidates should also include a letter from their adviser stating the status of their thesis, and their anticipated date of completion. Applicants are responsible for ensuring letters are submitted before the deadline.
Acceptable file formats for online submission are limited to the following: ASCII text with file extension .txt; MS Word documents with file extension .doc; or Adobe PDF.