2018 – 2020 CBCF Fellows

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Program Overview

The CBCF Congressional Fellowship Program equips early career policy professionals who are committed to contributing to public policy with the necessary skills to become the next generation of leaders in public service. The program is an intensive 20-months policy training and leadership development program which enables fellows to receive hands-on public policy training as full-time legislative aides and policy analysts.

Fellows are paid an annual salary plus benefits. Participants must reside in or relocate to the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area and are responsible for their own travel, housing, and other living expenses.

CBCF fellowship issue areas include: The Donald M. Payne Foreign Policy Fellowship; Energy; Energy & Environment; Health Policy; Woman & Health Sciences; Finance & Economic Policy; Technology & Cybersecurity; and Technology & Diversity.

7 Benefits of the CBCF Fellowship Program

Each fellowship cohort brings together individuals with diverse interests in policy areas in order to complement and enrich the experiences of all program participants.

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CBCF Fellowship Application Requirements

Selected applicants will be qualified African-American or black young professionals who have earned a graduate or professional degree.

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“I believe that I could be a valuable asset [to my community] as a direct result of my … background as a CBCF Fellow.”Thomas Cuffie

Science and Technology Fellow, 2012-2014.

Testimonials from Past CBCF Fellows:

  • “Moving forward, I hope that my newfound understanding of Capitol Hill will help me to affect public policy on a local level in my hometown of Atlanta, Georgia. I recently heard that Mayor Kasim Reed and his administration are researching the technology sector, possibly with the aim of attracting tech companies to the city and retaining those already there. Should this project become a reality in the near future, I believe that I could be a valuable asset as a direct result of my intellectual property and telecommunications policy background as a CBCF Fellow.” Thomas Cuffie, Science and Technology Fellow, 2012-2014.

  • “During my remaining time on the Hill, I hope to learn more about the Executive budget process and implement a successful policy forum on disarmament, demobilization, and reintegration (DDR) processes in Africa.”  Janelle Johnson, Inaugural Donald M. Payne Foreign Policy Fellow, 2012-2014.

Current Fellowships

2020-2022 CBCF Fellowship

  • Application Dates: September 9, 2019 – January 17, 2020
  • Fellowship Dates: September 2020 – April 2022

CBCF Fellows work in congressional member and committee offices, attend leadership development seminars, complete a community service project and produce policy papers. During the first-year office placement, Fellows gain invaluable experience as they assist in the development of legislative and public policy initiatives in CBC Member Offices.

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Small Business and Entrepreneurship Fellowship

    • Application Dates: September 9, 2019 – January 17, 2020
    • Fellowship Dates: September 2020 – April 2022

The Small Business & Entrepreneurship Fellow will specialize in researching and analyzing minority access to capital and serve as lead of our minority access to capital summits.

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Please note: Immediate relatives (defined as one’s parents, step-parents, siblings, spouse, children, step-children, foster children, in-laws, sibling in-laws, grandparents, great grandparents, step-great grandparents, grandchildren, aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews) of a CBC Member, a CBC Spouse, a staff person of a CBC Member or Spouse, CBCF staff, a member of the CBCF Board of Directors, Member of CBCF, Corporate Advisory Council Member of CBCF, or any CBCF-sponsoring entity are not eligible for CBCF fellowship programs.