Application Guidelines

Applicant Letter: Provide in your introduction your complete contact information, current affiliation, and earned degrees, and summarize your post graduate experiences if appropriate.

Candidate Biosketch: Provide a biographical sketch of no more than 500 words that highlights your life experiences.

Candidate Statements: Provide brief statements in no more than 500 words that address each of the following points:

  • Rationale: Reasons for applying to the Congressional Healthcare Policy Fellow Program. Include a discussion of your major strengths and qualifications for the program.
  • Areas of interest: Outline the policy areas or issues that you are particularly interested in.
  • Role as a fellow: Describe how you imagine you might apply your pharmacy experiences in the fellow program.
  • Career goals: State your goals following the completion of the fellow program.
  • Community involvement: Describe your most significant community-related activity that utilized your professional expertise and explain why you consider it to be significant.
  • Professional communication: Provide a sample advocacy letter to a congressional representative, including a specific policy recommendation. For example, why they should co-sponsor HR 592, "Pharmacy and Medically Underserved Areas Enhancement Act."
  • Extracurricular activities: Provide a brief statement of the activities you enjoy that extend beyond the patient care arena, lab, classroom or office.

Curriculum vita: Provide an up-to-date curriculum vita. Use your CV to highlight your education, expertise, achievements and honors, and your publications. The CV should not repeat information included in the extracurricular section outlined below.

Conflict of interest disclosure: A completed Conflict of Interest disclosure form must be submitted with the application materials.

Recommendation letters: Three recommendation letters are required. You are responsible for ensuring that the letters are submitted to the fellow program director at Virginia Commonwealth University by the application deadline. Applications with fewer than three letters of recommendation will not be considered.

Letters of recommendation are a critical component of the application. They must be from individuals who can comment on your professional competence and other qualities and interests that make you especially qualified to serve as a fellow. They should also review the Guidelines & Instructions for Preparation of Recommendation Letters. Please assure that they have ample notice to write a solid recommendation on your behalf.

Recommendation letters are confidential and should be submitted to the Congressional Healthcare Policy Fellow program director at Virginia Commonwealth University directly via email. Emailed submissions must indicate in the subject line the name of the applicant and the person providing the reference.

The program directors reserve the right to exclude incomplete or incorrectly completed applications from review — this includes applications not completed in the requested format and those that are longer than specified in the instructions. Only the information requested will be considered in review of applications. DO NOT send additional documents. Receipt of applications and letters of recommendation will be acknowledged when received.

The annual application deadline is Jan. 31.

Applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled. Finalists will be interviewed in Washington, D.C., in early spring, and the successful candidate will be announced soon thereafter. If you have any questions concerning the application or selection process, please contact the program director at the VCU School of Pharmacy directly via email at

The Congressional Healthcare Policy Fellow Program does not provide written or verbal reviews of applications either before or after selection.