The fellowship is open to early and mid-career print and broadcast journalists (including online journalists). Applicants must hold a bachelor's degree. In addition, print journalists must have two to ten years of professional newspaper or magazine experience at the time of application. Background may be in writing, reporting or editing. Broadcast journalists must have two to ten years of professional experience in radio or television at the time of application. Background may be in reporting, producing, directing, or writing. In all cases, experience may be partly or fully in professional online journalism.
Preference is given to candidates with a background in political reporting but without extensive Washington experience.
Applicants who would like to be considered for the optional course on Congress and Foreign Policy must also demonstrate a professional background in foreign policy.
Journalists with an interest in telecommunications are invited to apply for the APSA-MCI Communications Congressional Fellowship
Applicants without U.S. citizenship or permanent residency understand that if selected, they must have appropriate visa or other immigration authorization under U.S. law that would permit full participation in the fellowship year. APSA is unable to sponsor visas or provide assistance in obtaining visas or other authorization documents.