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Application Guidelines


Applicant Letter: Provide in your introduction your complete contact information, current affiliation, 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 essays/statements that address each of the following seven points:

  • Rationale: Reasons for applying for the Congressional Healthcare Policy Fellow Program. Include a discussion of your major strengths and qualifications for the program. (500 words)
  • Areas of Interest: Outline the policy areas or issues that you are particularly interested in. (500 words)
  • Role as a Fellow: Describe how you imagine you might apply your pharmacy experiences in the fellow program. (500 words)
  • Career Goals: State your goals following the completion of the fellow program. (500 words)
  • Community Involvement: Describe your most significant community-related activity that utilized your professional expertise and explain why you consider it to be significant. (500 words)
  • 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". (500 words)
  • Extracurricular activities: Provide a brief statement of the activities you enjoy that extend beyond the patient care arena, lab, classroom or office. (500 words)

Curriculum Vitae: 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 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 application deadline for the 2018 - 2019 year is January 31, 2018.

Applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled. Finalists will be interviewed in Washington, DC, in early Spring 2018, 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 kzimmerman@vcu.edu.

THE CONGRESSIONAL HEALTHCARE POLICY FELLOW PROGRAM DOES NOT PROVIDE WRITTEN OR VERBAL REVIEWS OF APPLICATIONS EITHER BEFORE OR AFTER SELECTION.