Applying to the SRCD Federal Policy Fellowship Program

Who Should Apply?

Both the SRCD Executive Branch and Congressional Federal Policy Fellowships are designed for scholars from a variety of backgrounds and scientific disciplines. Just as SRCD itself is an interdisciplinary organization, our fellows have backgrounds from a range of disciplines focusing on child development issues. Applicants must demonstrate exceptional competence in an area of child development research. Applicants must receive a doctoral-level degree (e.g., Ph.D., Ed.D., M.D.) prior to the start of the fellowship. The fellowships are a training opportunity suited for individuals throughout their career development. Early, mid-career, and advanced-career applicants are encouraged to apply.

Application Requirements

Each applicant to the SRCD Federal Policy Fellowship Program must be a member of SRCD and be a U.S. citizen. Online applications require:

  1. A statement of interest (1,000 word maximum) that describes:
    1. The applicant's background and qualifications for the fellowship
    2. Basis for interest in the fellowship, including policy areas or issues of interest and skills to be acquired
    3. Career goals, including how the fellowship would support those goals
  2. Three letters of recommendation
  3. Current C.V.

It is recommended that you apply for the fellowship best suited to your interests and goals. However, some applicants choose to apply for both the SRCD Executive Branch and Congressional Policy Fellowships. In this situation, applicants should submit a separate and distinct statement of interest for each. In addition, applicants may also choose to apply to both the SRCD Federal Policy Fellowship as well as the SRCD Post-doctoral State Policy Fellowship. In this situation, applicants should submit separate materials, following the specific guidelines for each fellowship application process.

How Do I Apply?

Applications are now being accepted for the 2019-2020 SRCD Federal Policy Fellowship Program. Applications and letters of recommendation are due by December 14, 2018.