American Society of Hematology

ASH Congressional Fellowship

The 2018 application cycle will open on November 1. Read the press release about the first ASH Congressional Fellow.

The American Society of Hematology is proud to present the ASH Congressional Fellowship. The fellowship aims to provide education about the policy-making process including Congress’ relationship to the hematology community. Additionally, the fellowship is an opportunity to educate Congressional members and staff about hematology.

The fellowship will allow a hematologist to work in a Congressional office on Capitol Hill and help shape health care and hematology policy for an academic year starting in September 2018. The fellow will have the opportunity to 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.

Eligibility Requirements

Prospective fellows must meet the following qualifications before applying:

  1. Candidate must be an ASH member in good standing and remain a member for the year
  2. Candidate must have a doctorate degree
  3. Candidate must be a U.S. citizen
  4. Candidate cannot be a federal employee
  5. Candidate is eligible to receive government funds through SAM (System for Award Management)
  6. If the candidate is a male, he must be registered in the U.S. Selective Service System, if applicable


A complete application must include:

  1. Completed application form.
  2. Letter of intent from the candidate. This 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. Recommendation letters should include the relationship between the reference and 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

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

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 September 2018 Congressional Fellowship.

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