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Finalist Manual

The finalist manual includes essential information. Topics include the placement process, the steps to take after placement week, house-hunting, commuting, health insurance, and more.

 

DC for Beginners

The DC for Beginners manual includes detailed, though not exhaustive, information about housing, commuting, things to do in the DC-area, shopping, restaurants, gyms, pet care, and more.

 

More resources for finalists and current fellows

 Important Dates


Placement Week: Executive Fellows

10/20/2019 to 10/25/2019 

Placement Week: Legislative Fellows

11/18/2019 to 11/22/2019

Fellowship dates 

02/01/2020 to 01/31/2021

I was selected as a finalist, what happens next?

  • There will be an informational webinar for selected fellows. The webinar will discuss the difference between Executive and Legislative positions and afterwards you will receive a link to a form where you can state your preference (note that we cannot guarantee that you will be placed according to preference). You will receive a link to sign up in an introductory e-mail from the Knauss Program Manager.

 

  • Note you are called a selected finalist, not a Knauss Fellow, until after you are placed in a position during placement week.

 

  • In October (executive fellows) or end of November/ beginning of December (legislative fellows) finalists will come to Silver Spring, MD for placement week. Placement week is filled with interviews, happy hours with potential hosts, and then host position-fellow pairing.

 

  • To learn more about the types of placements available through the fellowship program please review the list of potential 2019 executive and legislative Knauss positions.

 

  • Please note, For most executive branch offices, selected fellows must pass a federal background check to gain security clearance. This includes answering questions about your previous citizenship, residence, education, employment, character references, selective service, military service, and illegal drug use. Please follow this link to an example of the form you will have to fill out.

What are the fellowship dates?

The fellowship is one year (non-renewable). The dates of the official fellowship are February 1, 2020 - January 31, 2021.

When will I know if I am am an executive or legislative fellow?

 

  • There will be an informational webinar that discusses the difference between Executive and Legislative positions and afterwards you will receive a link to a form where you can state your preference (note that we cannot guarantee that you will be placed according to preference). You will receive a link to sign up in an introductory e-mail from the Knauss Program Manager.

 

  • To learn more about the types of placements available through the fellowship program please review the list of potential 2019 executive and legislative Knauss positions.

 

  • Please note, For most executive branch offices, selected fellows must pass a federal background check to gain security clearance. This includes answering questions about your previous citizenship, residence, education, employment, character references, selective service, military service, and illegal drug use. Please follow this link to an example of the form you will have to fill out.

 

What is placement week?

Placement week is the week during which you will be placed with a host. During placement week, there will be a kick-off event, host presentations, interview scheduling, interviews, networking events with potential hosts, and will close with placement of fellows in their positions. See the 2019 schedule from last year as an example.

Visit finalist resources and the finalist's guide to placement week for more details, including a detailed F.A.Q., about placement week.

What is the breakdown of funds awarded through the fellowship: what is my stipend and what are professional development funds?

Your stiped is $47,500. You may have noticed that the entire fellowship award listed in the federal funding opportunity (FFO) is for $71,500. This is because there are other aspects to the award, including some funds for professional development. You will learn more about this breakdown in an introductory webinar.

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