How to Apply

Application Process

All applications can be obtained online at:

Applicants may apply to more than one program depending on their interests. Each program is unique to the branch of government it serves. Only apply to the programs that truly interest you, and make sure you individualize each application.

For each individual fellowship, applicants must submit an online application (, college transcripts, three letters of recommendation, a policy statement on a topic outlined in the application and a personal statement.

Semifinalists must be present for a personal interview in Sacramento or Los Angeles in late April and early May, and final selections are made in late May.

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Application Deadline

All applications can be obtained online at:


Claire Bunch, Outreach Coordinator
6000 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95819-6081
Phone: 916-278-6906


The only prerequisite for the programs is a bachelor's degree in any major and a demonstrated interest in state government and public service. Applicants must be at least 20 years of age or older by September 1 of the fellowship year and all qualified applicants are welcome to apply. Fellows come from all economic, cultural, career and educational backgrounds, and no previous legislative or political experience is required. Applicants from outside of California are welcome to apply. Fellows are not required to be U.S. citizens, but they must provide proof of appropriate immigration status. The Capital Fellows Programs do not meet the requirements for F-1 or J-1 visas.