“The Wilson Center Foreign Policy Fellowship for Congressional staff is a breakthrough program that brings together Republicans and Democrats in the best spirit of comity and bipartisanship on the critical foreign policy issues facing the nation today.”


– Thomas Friedman, New York Times Columnist


Who Should Apply

The Wilson Center invites mid- to senior-level Congressional staff to participate in the Woodrow Wilson Foreign Policy Fellowship Program; the Program is also open to exceptional rising leaders with a keen interest in foreign policy who staff other U.S. policymakers. Each year, the Center hosts two Seminar Series (Spring and Fall), with 50 participants each session taking part in a bipartisan dialogue on foreign policy. Seminars will address key public policy challenges for legislators today. 

Applicants to the Fellowship Program should possess an understanding of the legislative process and aspire to a career shaping foreign policy.

Application Requirements and Dates

Applications for the Fall 2015 Fellowship Program are now closed.

The dates for the Fall 2015 Seminar Series are October 2, October 9, October 16, October 23, November 6, and November 13. If accepted, each fellow is required to attend at least five out of the six sessions, which run on Fridays from 2:30pm - 5:30pmPlease do not apply unless you know you can attend all program dates.


After successfully completing the seminar series, participants will be eligible to take part in exclusive programs as Foreign Policy Fellowship Alumni.

"The insight provided by the various speakers, as well as by my colleagues, was fascinating. I believe the program will lead to increased bipartisanship that begins at the staff level and reaches the members themselves."

– Andrew Robreno (Fellow, Spring 2013)