Center for the Study of the Presidency & Congress (CSPC) Fellow Application

Each year the University at Buffalo is invited to nominate one sophomore or junior to become a Center for the Study of the Presidency & Congress (CSPC) Fellow. The Fellows are fully funded to participate in three-day leadership conferences in Washington, DC during the fall and spring semesters, in addition to completing a research paper that is eligible for publication and awards. All expenses are paid for by UB and an alumnus of UB.

Since 1970, CSPC Fellows have traveled to Washington, DC to learn about leadership and governance, to share their outstanding research, and to explore careers in public service. While attending the conferences, the Fellows participate in workshops where they present and receive constructive criticism on their research papers. The Fellows also have the opportunity to engage with policy experts, government officials, and leaders in the legislative process. In the past, Fellows have had the opportunity to meet with speakers such as Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke; Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta; Deputy Secretary of Labor Christopher Lu; journalists James Kitfield, Ron Fournier, and Clive Crook; and defense experts Michele Flournoy, Frank Cilluffo and Capt. Eric Jones, USGC.

Criteria for students applying to become UB’s Fellow:

  • GPA of 3.5 or higher
  • Demonstrated interest in the American government
  • Comfort speaking, presenting and writing about the American Presidency or Congress
  • All academic majors are eligible although typically Fellows are from political science, history, international studies, business, philosophy, economics, public health or journalism

Requirements:

  • Able to attend two conferences in Washington, DC – one in the fall semester and one in the spring semester
  • Undertake an original research project on a subject with direct relevance to the US Presidency and/or Congress. Write a 10-15 page paper based on this topic

Applications to become UB’s CSPC Fellow are due by 5:00pm EST on Monday, March 6: https://universityatbuffalo-wgtck.formstack.com/forms/center_for_the_study_of_the_presidency_and_congress.

You can find more information about the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress here: http://www.thepresidency.org/.

Please contact The Office of Fellowships and Scholarships at fellowships@buffalo.edu if you have any questions.