Jacquelin Goldman Congressional Fellowship

Up to $90,000 to support a congressional fellow with an interest in policies that affect the psychological development of children.


Sponsors: Government Relations ; American Psychological Foundation


To provide developmental and clinical psychologists with an interest in policies that affect the psychological development of children with an invaluable public policy learning experience; to contribute to the more effective use of psychological knowledge in government; and to broaden awareness about the value of psychology-government interaction among psychologists and within the federal government.

Through a generous bequest to the American Psychological Foundation from Jacquelin Goldman, PhD, APA administers this APF-funded program for a congressional fellow with an interest in policies that affect the psychological development of children. Applicants for this fellowship must have a background in developmental or clinical psychology and experience working directly with children. Fellowship activities may involve drafting legislation, conducting oversight work, assisting with congressional hearings and events, and preparing briefs and speeches. Fellows also attend a two-week orientation program on congressional and executive branch operations, which provides guidance for the congressional placement process, and participate in a yearlong seminar series on science and public policy issues. The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) administers these professional development activities for the APA fellows and for fellows sponsored by over two dozen other professional societies.

APF will sponsor up to one Jacquelin Goldman Congressional Fellow for a one-year appointment beginning Sept. 1, 2019. The Fellowship stipend ranges from $75,000 to $90,000, depending upon years of post-doctoral experience. In addition, the Fellowship provides reimbursement for health insurance coverage and a $3,750 stipend for professional development and relocation expenses during the fellowship year. Final selection of Fellows will be made in early spring of 2019.


A prospective fellow must demonstrate competence in scientific and/or professional psychology related to child development issues and have hands-on experience working directly with children. Fellows must also demonstrate sensitivity toward policy issues and have a strong interest in applying psychological knowledge to public policies affecting children. Fellows must be able to work quickly and communicate effectively on a wide variety of topics and be able to work cooperatively with individuals with diverse viewpoints. An applicant must be a psychologist, a member of APA (or applicant for membership), and a U.S. citizen. They must have a doctorate in psychology (from an APA accredited doctoral program and internship, if in the area of professional psychology) or related field by the application deadline. A special exception is made for current psychology interns who may apply with certification from the director of training in their doctoral program that they have met all but the internship requirement for their doctoral degree by the application deadline. It should be noted that preference will be given to applicants with two or more years of experience following receipt of their doctorate.

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on Jan. 6, 2019.

A complete application must include the following:

1. A completed online application. Submitting the application will require uploading and submitting the following materials electronically: 

  • A detailed curriculum vita providing information about educational background, professional employment and activities, professional publications and presentations, public policy and legislative experience, and committee and advisory group appointments. 
  • A statement of approximately 1,000 words addressing the applicant's interests in the fellowship, career goals, and what the applicant can contribute to and learn from the fellowship experience.

2. Three letters of recommendation to be separately uploaded and submitted by recommenders. Letters should specifically address the applicant’s ability to serve successfully on Capitol Hill as a congressional fellow. Applicants are responsible for forwarding the recommendation submission form to each of their recommenders.

For additional information, please contact Gabriel Twose, PhD, program director.

Past Recipients


Meghann Galloway, PhD


Amber Hewitt, PhD


Manisha Gupta, PhD


Chrisina Kapungu, PhD


Joshua Wolff, PhD


Edwin Tan, PhD


Valarie Molaison, PhD


Cheri Hoffman, PhD