2021 VA Congressional Fellowship Program
Thank you for your interest in the VA Congressional Fellowship Program. The Department of
Veterans Affairs is seeking highly motivated VA employees to work in the Capitol Hill office of a
Member of Congress, or with a congressional committee. Successful candidates will begin
working on Capitol Hill during January 2021. The ideal candidate is an employee who fully meets
the eligibility criteria detailed below.
The purpose of this program is threefold. First, it provides outstanding VA professionals firsthand
experience and understanding of the strategic relationships between the VA and Congress.
Second, the program exposes Congressional members and staff to the outstanding quality of the
VA’s professional workforce to allow them to learn about the VA as an institution through contact
with VA personnel working in their office. Third, the program develops individuals for possible
detail opportunities as a Congressional Relations Officer in the VA Office of Congressional and
Legislative Affairs.
This Fellowship is one year in duration and consists of three components: (1) training through the
Office of Congressional and Legislative Affairs (OCLA), (2) a legislative operations seminar
through the Government Affairs Institute at Georgetown University, and (3) working on Capitol
NOTE: VA employees who accept an assignment to the VA Congressional Fellowship Program
may be required to sign a Continuing Service Agreement (CSA) to serve in the agency three
(3) times the length of the fellowship, pursuant to Title 5 USC 4108 and 5 CFR 410.309.
Eligibility Criteria
VA employees, who are GS-11 through GS-15, with strong written and oral communication
abilities, are invited to apply. Parent organizations are responsible for funding costs associated
with selected candidates.
The application deadline is July 3, 2020.
Complete the VA Congressional Fellows Program Application Form and submit
your application with all required attachments to CongressionalFellows@va.gov
Questions? Visit: Frequently Asked Questions. For any additional questions not
answered in the FAQs you can email CongressionalFellows@va.gov
VA Congressional Fellows Program Application Form
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Current VA Office/Code Candidate Name (Last, First)*
Grade Level*
Job Title
Candidate Email*
Candidate Phone*
Supervisor’s Name*
Supervisor’s Email*
Supervisor’s Phone
Required Items Checklist:
One Page Personal Statement (See below)
Resume (No More Than 2 Pages)
One or Two Letters of Recommendation
Written supervisory approval acknowledging
willingness to support successful applicant
Most Recent VA Form 0750
(Annual Performance Appraisal)
Most Recent SF-50 (Notice of Personnel Action)
The completed application must contain the items in the checklist below.
The application may also include a link to an article or materials published on a public website
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Personal Statement Instructions:
The Personal Statement should be no more than 250 words and should address the
following topics:
a. What the VA Congressional Fellowship Program means to you.
b. Why you want to be part of this program.
c. What skills you will bring to this program.
Enter Personal Statement below:
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