American Society of Hematology

ASH Congressional Fellowship

The 2018 application cycle has now closed.

The ASH Congressional Fellowship offers a unique opportunity for a hematologist to work in a Congressional office on Capitol Hill for an academic year, starting in September, in order to help shape health care and hematology policy. The fellowship aims to provide education about the policymaking process, including Congress’ relationship to the hematology community, as well as an opportunity to educate Congressional members and staff about hematology.

The fellow will attend a week-long orientation and will be able to choose a congressional office with the aid of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). The fellow will be paid at the GS-12 level and will receive a health care stipend.

Notes From the Hill

Learn about ASH’s first Congressional Fellow, Catherine Zander, PhD, and her experiences as she works closely with elected officials to ensure hematologists’ voices are heard in the policymaking process.

Read Dr. Zander's column in ASH Clinical News.

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Eligibility Requirements

Prospective fellows must meet the following criteria in order to apply:

  • Be an ASH member in good standing and plan to remain a member for the duration of the fellowship
  • Have a doctorate degree
  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Be eligible to receive government funds through SAM (System for Award Management)
  • If the candidate is a male, be registered in the U.S. Selective Service System, if applicable

Federal employees are not eligible to apply.

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Application Requirements

The deadline to apply was January 31, 2018, at 5:00 p.m. Eastern time. Each candidate is responsible for soliciting the required references and completing and submitting the entirety of the application before the deadline.

A complete application must include:

  1. Completed application form.
  2. Letter of intent from the candidate. The letter should include how the candidate sees the fellowship helping to advance hematology. The candidate should include why he/she wants to participate in the fellowship, how he/she is qualified, what hematology topics interest him/her, what role he/she envisions taking as a fellow, and what outcome he/she hopes to ultimately gain from this experience. The candidate should also demonstrate his/her background, interest, and any experience in hematology and policy work.
  3. Three (3) letters of recommendation. Each letter should include the relationship between the individual providing the reference and the candidate, the standing of the candidate among his/her peers, the candidate's known interest and experience, the ability of the candidate to communicate and to interact productively with individuals and groups, and an opinion about the candidate’s professional future.
  4. A current CV.

The complete application, including all four parts, should be sent to:

Katherine Stark
Policy and Practice Coordinator
American Society of Hematology
2021 L Street NW, Suite 900
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: 202-292-0252
Fax: 888-819-9223
kstark@hematology.org

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Selection and Notification

Finalists will be asked to travel to ASH Headquarters in Washington, DC, for in-person interviews in March. ASH will select and notify the fellow in April and offer the spot for the Congressional Fellowship, which begins in September. back to top