Congressional Oversight Initiative

Congressional Oversight Fellowships

Our constitutional democracy is founded on a system of checks and balances. Congress plays a vital role in overseeing the executive branch, the judiciary, and itself as a bicameral institution. The nation needs strong oversight from Congress. Yet few Americans—even those whose work and concerns intersect with Congressional oversight efforts—understand how that work is done.

That is why we’re introducing the Project On Government Oversight (POGO) Congressional Oversight Fellowship: year-long placements for mid-career professionals of all kinds to learn more about Congressional oversight by serving alongside professional staff on a Congressional committee, engaging in oversight and investigative work. Each fellow will assist the work of a Senate or House committee promoting transparency and accountability, rooting out corruption and malfeasance, and ensuring equal protection under the law.

What we’re looking for

Candidates should have a skeptical nature, experience in investigations and/or research or a depth of knowledge in a timely area of public policy, and have a driving desire to learn more about the workings of Congress. The Fellowship is geared towards candidates who might be otherwise considered non-traditional for Congressional staffing, such as:

Those selected will serve in a full-time assignment on the staff of a Senate or House committee in Washington, DC. The Fellowship is offered for a 12-month period, beginning in January and ending in December.

What it pays

Fellows will receive an annual stipend of between $70,000 and $100,000, based on experience, disbursed in monthly increments. For the duration of their engagement as fellows, they will be classified as independent contractors, and not employees of POGO or the U.S. Congress.

Fellows will be eligible to receive reimbursement for health insurance, and will also be eligible to receive reimbursement for certain relocation expenses, up to $2,500.

What's the process

Interested candidates can apply using our online form until midnight on October 15. Finalists will be informed by October 21, and submit to conflict of interest vetting by POGO and interviews with host committees. Fellows will be officially selected and placed by November 1.

What's the timeline

Fellowship announced
Applications due
Finalists informed
Fellows selected
Start date
Finish date
1/3 - 1/5/2018

Learn more

Check out our FAQ page for more details, and our Policies page to read the fine print. Policies and practices are subject to change as required by Senate, House, or host committee rules, policies, or guidances.

How to apply

Think this might be for you? Click here to submit an application.

How to host

Are you with a House or Senate committee that would be interested in hosting a fellow? Email us at to let us know.

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