Congressional Scholars Program


Congressional Scholars Program
Educating the Next Generation of Policy Makers

The Foreign Policy Initiative (FPI) is accepting applications for its 2014 Congressional Scholars Program. This bipartisan program identifies staff who share FPI’s commitment to American leadership in world affairs and provides them with a combination of educational and networking opportunities to further their professional development.

Program Description

What? FPI Congressional Scholars will participate in weekly private briefings on the topic “After the Arab Spring—How to Engage the Middle East?” with influential foreign policy experts, authors, and practitioners between June 13 and August 28, 2014. Sessions will include case studies on Egypt, Tunisia, Bahrain, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Libya, Syria, and Iran, as well as a capstone crisis simulation.

Who? Last year's program featured speakers such as Former Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Michèle Flournoy, Former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy and FPI Board Member Ambassador Eric Edelman, Former Assistant Secretary of State Steve Rademaker, and Ambassador Mark Green.

This year, invited speakers will include former special advisor for transition in Syria Fred Hof, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near East Affairs Tamara Wittes, former State Department official Michele Dunne, and FPI Board Member Robert Kagan.

When? Events will take place mostly on Friday afternoons from June through mid-August, with occasional evening events and one day-long simulation during August recess.

Requirements & Expectations

FPI is seeking the best and brightest staffers on Capitol Hill. Previous participants in the program have included professional staff members in the House and Senate Committees on Armed Services and Foreign Relations, military and foreign policy legislative assistants, and senior staff from member offices.

Application Process

Fill out our online application, including a current resume, a letter of interest describing how the applicant will contribute to and benefit from the program, and a letter of reference from a current professional supervisor addressing the applicant’s intellectual and analytical abilities, foreign policy experience, and leadership qualities.

All application materials must be submitted in full by 5:00 PM on April 25, 2014. Applicants will be notified of their selection by May 9, 2014. Please email any questions to



 “Defining and defending rhetorically our role in the world is fundamental in developing a sound, coherent, and sustainable (long-term beneficial) foreign policy…. every Congressional office needs to be able to articulate the need for American leadership in the world…”

“Networking with other Foreign Affairs and Military staffers was a great advantage to being part of the CSP.”

“I would like to receive all future CSP reading assignments. I learned a lot from these readings, and even shared a few with my boss.”

“Part of our job is to learn as much as possible and this program helped me do that.”


Mission Statement

The Foreign Policy Initiative seeks to promote an active U.S. foreign policy committed to robust support for democratic allies, human rights, a strong American military equipped to meet the challenges of the 21st century, and strengthening America’s global economic competitiveness.
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