How do I apply to a Capital Fellows Program?
The Capital Fellows Programs applications are submitted entirely online. Please click here to apply.
When you first create your application account, you will be asked to register and list academic information, work experience, volunteer activities, and achievements. This is considered a part of your application so make sure it is complete. If you decide to save your application and finish later, you must click on the “My Profile” tab when you log in again, and finish filling it out.
Once your profile is complete, you can pick a program under the “search programs” tab and apply. List 3 recommenders, complete the required essays, and submit transcripts for each application you submit. Your applications must be submitted by the deadline to be considered.
The Capital Fellows Programs consist of four individual programs: California Senate Fellows, Executive Fellowship Program, Jesse M. Unruh Assembly Fellowship Program, and Judicial Administration Fellowship Program.
You may apply to as many programs as you like. The members of the selection committees are aware that candidates often apply to more than one program. However, each program is unique to the branch of government it serves. Only apply to the program(s) that truly interest you, and make sure you individualize each application.
I want to apply to more than one program. Is this allowed?
Yes, you may apply to more than one Capital Fellows Program. Please note you must submit recommendation information, essay(s) and transcript(s) for each program to which you apply.
Is an attached resume acceptable?
No. Academic information, work experience, volunteer activities and achievement must all be filled out in the “My Profile” section of the website.
Where do I put my academic information, work experience, volunteer activities, awards and achievements?
This is located in the “My Profile” section of the online application. You must fill out this section in its entirety before your application is considered complete.
My transcript is not available online. Can I send you a hard copy instead?
The entire application must be submitted online. If you only have a hardcopy of your transcript, please scan it as a PDF document and submit it with your online application.
Can I submit my application if the recommendation letters have not been submitted yet?
Yes. Although recommendation letters are due on the same day as the applications, you may still submit your application when you have finished your portion. Recommenders will be able to submit their recommendation letters separately. Even if recommenders have not yet submitted their letters, you must still submit your application(s) by the deadline to be considered.
I have more than one application started for a program. How do I delete duplicate applications?
To delete duplicate applications, please go to the “Application Status” tab and click “Withdraw Application”.
I have submitted my application. How do I know the status of my application?
The status is listed on the application website, under the “Application Status” tab. After the deadline, you will receive an email from the Center for California Studies once your application has been reviewed and marked as complete.
How are recommendations submitted?
When you apply to a Capital Fellows Program, you will be asked to provide your recommender’s contact information. Once you have saved that part of the application, your recommender will receive an email from firstname.lastname@example.org. They will receive a separate email for each program that you apply to. Recommenders will submit their recommendation letters online. They are due on the same date as the application. For more information regarding each program’s recommendation requirements, click here.
Can I use the same recommender for more than one application?
Yes. You will need to list the recommender’s contact information in each application that you submit. Your recommender will receive a separate email each time they are added. For more information about each program’s recommendation requirements, click here.
What should be included in the recommendation letter?
Each program has unique requirements for recommendation letters. For more information regarding each program’s recommendation requirements, click here.
How do I know which recommenders have submitted letters?
You will receive an email from email@example.com when your recommender has submitted their letter. In each application, in the recommendation section, you will be able to see whether the recommendation is pending, completed or declined.
To whom should letters of recommendation be addressed?
The letters of recommendation should be addressed to program’s selection committee specifically or to the “Capital Fellows Selection Committee”.