Capital Fellows Programs, Non-U.S. citizens can apply

Applications Now Open for the Capital Fellows Programs: Nationally Recognized Public Policy Fellowships

Recent graduates, graduate, postgraduate and mid-career applicants are welcome to apply. Non-U.S. citizens can apply

Apply by February 11, 2019

Applications for the 2019-20 Capital Fellows Programs are now OPEN. 2019-20 fellowship year applications are due by Monday, February 11th, 2019 by 5:00 PM PST.


The Center administers four fellowship programs, known collectively as the Capital Fellows Programs. These nationally recognized public policy fellowships offer unique experiences in policy-making and development in each branch of government.

Capital Fellows are placed at some of the highest levels of California state government and assist state legislators, senior-level executive staff, and court administrators with a broad range of public policy issues and projects and are typically given assignments with a significant amount of responsibility and challenges.

Fellowship applications
The 2019-20 deadline is Monday, February 11, 2019 at 5:00PM PST

2019-20 program application prompts

2019-20 Letters of Recommendation requirements

No previous legislative or political experience is required.

Capital Fellows Receive
$2,698 monthly stipend
Health, dental and vision benefits
Student loan deferments
Graduate units from Sacramento State in Government or Public Policy
Upon successful completion of the Fellowship: Capital Fellows Graduate Certificate in Applied Policy and Government
Minimum Qualifications
1. Have a bachelor’s degree by September 1st of the fellowship year and either a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.5 or higher or a GPA of 2.5 or higher in the last 60 (semester) or 90 (quarter) units.

2. 20 years of age or older by Sept. 1 of the fellowship year

3. Non-U.S. citizens must provide proof of appropriate immigration status. The Capital Fellows Programs do not meet the requirements for F-1 or J-1 visas, nor any work permits requiring participation in the E-verify system.

Fellows are prohibited from outside academic studies during the fellowship year (i.e. graduate work outside the fellowship seminar, law school, etc.).

Frequently Asked Questions

Fellowship Poster

The Center also administers the Federal-State Relations Fellowship which places a Capital Fellow with the California Institute for Federal Policy Research in Washington, DC

Updated: December 28, 2018 — 4:19 am


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