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IEEE-USA Congressional Fellowships

It is notable that one professional organization in particular, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), currently supports several Congressional Fellows, all of whom are engineers in senior level positions. Members' offices and committees have found these individuals among the most helpful and productive Congressional Fellows.

— Carnegie Commission on Science, Technology, and Government

IEEE-USA created the Congressional Fellowship program in 1973 to:

  • to make practical contributions to, and promote more effective use of scientific and technical knowledge in government;
  • help educate the scientific and engineering community on the public policy process; and
  • broaden the perspectives of the science, engineering and governmental communities regarding the value of such interaction.

Since inception, more than 100 IEEE U.S. members have worked on Capitol Hill as advisors to Congress, serving on the personal staff of a U.S. Senator or Representative, or the professional staff of a Congressional Committee of his or her choosing.

Each year, the IEEE-USA Government Fellows Committee selects two eligible IEEE members from a pool of applicants to serve a one-year fellowship on Capitol Hill. Selections are made on the basis of the applications and in-person interviews with the Committee. The Committee is composed of IEEE members, some of whom are former fellows. The IEEE-USA Board approves the Committee's selections.

IEEE-USA Congressional Fellowships run September 1st - August 31st.

If you wish to apply for an IEEE-USA Congressional Fellowship, please apply directly to IEEE-USA, using the application linked to this page. Do not apply to AAAS for the IEEE-USA Fellowship.

PLEASE NOTE:  You may apply for more than one of the IEEE-USA fellowships (Congressional, State, USAID) in any one year.  However, you must submit a separate cover letter and separate supporting packages for each type of fellowship. Each statement of intent and reference letter must carefully illustrate your understanding of the specific type of fellowship for which you are applying. These cover letters illustrate to the selection committee your understanding and awareness of the distinctions between the responsibilities of legislative and executive branch personnel. IEEE-USA will not accept one application package in which you state you are interested in all three types of fellowships.

Submit applications ELECTRONICALLY to Diana Librizzi at: (e-mail) Be sure to specify your name, member number, mailing address, daytime phone number, and e-mail address.

The interviews for 2018-2019 Fellows are scheduled for: 6-7 FEBRUARY 2018 in Washington, DC.  Interviews are approximately 45 minutes long. Applicants need be here for only one of those days. Scheduling will occur at the time of notification of an interview.

If selected for an interview, finalists must be able to attend in person. Rescheduling the face-to-face interview is not an option.



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2017-18 Application Form


PDF - To fill and sign this form electronically, you must download the PDF and open in Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Congressional Fellowship Policies & Procedures


To be considered for an IEEE-USA Congressional Fellowship, applicants mustmeet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Applicants must be an IEEE Member (which includes those in graduate student membership status) in good standing at the time of application.
  • Prior to beginning the fellowship, applicants must possess a Ph.D., or a Masters Degree plus five (5) years of relevant professional experience. The degree must be granted by a recognized program in a subject field that falls with the science, engineering, computer, or allied disciplines eligible for IEEE membership. In exceptional cases, the Masters or Ph.D. requirement may be waived by the Government Fellowship Committee for candidates with compensating experience. Work experience must consist of relevant professional employment and does not include internships or student-related employment.
  • An applicant must be a U.S. citizen at the time of application or, at the latest, prior to selection.

Applicants are evaluated on the basis of:

  • Technical competence,
  • Ability to serve in a public environment,
  • Basic comprehension and understanding of the public policy process, and
  • Evidence of service to IEEE and the engineering profession.

The Government Fellows selection committee may establish additional criteria. Specifically excluded as selection criteria are age, sex, creed, race, ethnic background, and partisan political affiliations.


Prior to beginning a fellowship, Fellows are enrolled in a mandatory, multi-society, two-week orientation program organized by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). The orientation takes place in Washington, D.C. at the beginning of every September. IEEE-USA pays for the orientation registration fees. At the completion of the 2-week orientation, fellows begin their search for a fellowship placement, and upon finding a placement, begin their fellowship. The fellowships run for one year, from September 1st through August 31st.


Fellows receive a stipend of either $75,000 (for those fellows who possess both the required degrees and work experience), or $65,000 (for Post Docs and new PhDs just entering the workforce). Stpends are non-negotiable and the Government Fellows Committee retains sole discretion to determine which stipend a fellow will receive based upon an applicant's experience and education. For more details, please review the Policies and Procedures.

IEEE-USA provides an additional supplementary allowance of $5,000 to each fellow for travel and relocation expenses; this may be incorporated into the stipend if desired.  The Fellows or their employers - if applicable - are responsible for the balance of salaries, benefits (including health insurance), and all other expenses.


During their Fellowship year, the Fellows are required to provide IEEE-USA with three (3) reports.

  • 1st—the placement report, due at the end of January or the first month of the fellowship—highlights the Fellowship assignment and expectations for the year.
  • 2nd—the midyear report, due at the end of June or the sixth month of the fellowship—is a progress report highlighting the Fellows activities and achievements for the year to date.
  • Final—due at the end of December or the twelfth month—summarizes the Fellowship experience and offers advice for prospective Fellows as well as recommendations to IEEE-USA regarding the Fellowship program.


The fellowship experience is intended to be both a learning experience for the Fellow, but more importantly, it is an opportunity for an IEEE member to pass on her knowledge and experience to policymakers who may or may not have a science and technology background. A successful Fellow:

  • Performs professionally and completes projects
  • Articulates needs in a constructive way
  • Addresses challenges
  • Takes initiative to obtain information to accomplish tasks and achieves fellowship goals
  • Balances work time with learning time

 “We work on science and innovation and all kinds of things, but you have to have somebody who knows what they’re talking about. In this office, in health care, science, technology and innovation, we’ve had those people, and they make all the difference in the world.”

-- Senator John D. Rockefeller, 2014 Recipient of the IEEE-USA Award for Distinguished Public Service & host of several IEEE-USA Congressional Fellows

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