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Congressional Fellows Program



    ASCE Congressional Fellows

Former ASCE Congressional Fellows gather at the 2011 ASCE Fly-In. (Left to Right) Jonathan Upchurch, Carol Haddock, Kristina Swallow, Scott Peterson, and David Westerling. 


Congressional Fellows Program

In 1996 ASCE inaugurated its Congressional Fellows Program, which provides an opportunity for an ASCE member to spend one year working in the U.S. Congress.  The Federal Legislature deals with a multitude of technical issues, many of which directly impact how Civil Engineers conduct their professional practice.  Congress will make decisions with, or without, input from the civil engineering community. 

ASCE’s Congressional Fellows Program places a Civil Engineer in the middle of these important policy debates.  The Fellow works on Capitol Hill as a staff member of either a Committee or an individual member of the U.S. Senate or House of Representatives.

ASCE will provide an annual stipend of $66,000 to the Congressional Fellow.  ASCE welcomes support from the Congressional Fellow’s employer and is willing to consider alternative arrangements provided they comply with Congressional ethics rules and does not exceed $66,000 in cost to ASCE.  ASCE will also provide a $4,000 relocation reimbursement.  ASCE will also provide full reimbursement for finalists selected to travel for interviews.

Society members selected for congressional fellowships would typically take a one-year leave of absence from their employers.  ASCE will not provide any benefits and encourages ASCE Congressional Fellows to make arrangements with their employers.

To date seventeen ASCE members have been selected to serve as Congressional Fellows on Capitol Hill. 

The deadline for applications for the 2013-2014 Fellowship year is March 7, 2014. 

•    Background on the Congressional Fellows Program

•    Application for the 2014-2015 Fellowship

If you have questions about the program contact Martin Hight, Senior Manager, Government Relations at or call him in the ASCE Washington Office at (202) 789-7843.