Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS) Fellowship Programs

Please consult the program website to confirm details, including applicable deadlines.

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Program Purpose and Description: 

The Congressional Fellowship is designed for young AAPI professionals looking to increase their experience in public policy and service. The full-time, paid, nine-month program, provides places fellows in congressional offices where they serve as part of the legislative team. This experiences provides Fellows with opportunities to build their leadership skills, encourages political engagement, and fosters interests in public service careers.

Program Benefits: 

As part of APAICS Fellows' professional work experience in Washington, D.C. Specific benefits include: (A) A grant of $22,500 for the duration of the nine-month Fellowship (equivalent to a $30,000 annual salary); (B) Domestic round-trip transportation to Washington, D.C.; (C) Professional Development Funds; (D) Health insurance reimbursement of $200 a month; and (E) A Leadership development program, networking, and access to APAICS alumni network.

Applicant Profile: 

Applicants must have a demonstrated interest in public policy issues of Asian Pacific Islander American communities.


Applicants must have completed their undergraduate degree and/or have at least five years of public service experience prior to the program start date.


Fellows attend a one-day orientation; work 40 hours a week at placement site; participate in all APAICS-sponsored activities; and develop and execute a policy briefing to promote public policy issues of importance to AAPIs.


Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. For DACA applicants, see "More Information" below.

Program Deadline: 

Usually in January.

More information: 

Individuals who are seeking consideration under the “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival” (DACA) policy must possess an Employment Authorization Document at the time of application that is valid throughout the program.

How To Apply: 

Students may apply directly to this program. San Francisco State applicants may seek the support of the Fellowships Office well in advance of the deadline for feedback on application essays and other materials.

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Fellowships Office

Dr. Joy Viveros

Phone: 415.405.2128
Reception: Grad Stop, ADM 250 
1600 Holloway Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94132