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Capital Fellows Programs

Capital Fellows Programs

Applications for the Capital Fellows Programs are now closed.

The Center administers four fellowship programs, known collectively as the Capital Fellows Programs. These nationally recognized public policy fellowships offer unique experiences in policy-making and development in each branch of government.

Capital Fellows are placed at some of the highest levels of California state government and assist state legislators, senior-level executive staff, and court administrators with a broad range of public policy issues and projects and are typically given assignments with a significant amount of responsibility and challenges.

For a description of each of our fellowship programs, please click on the links below

2,000 alumni have participated in the Capital Fellows Programs, and the ranks of former fellows include judges; members of the United States Congress and the State Legislature; state and local government officials; corporate executives; community and non-profit leaders; and university professors, administration and staff. View notable former fellows in elected and judicial office


Capital Fellows Receive:

  •   $2,627 monthly stipend
  •   Health, dental and vision benefits
  •   Student loan deferments
  •   Graduate units from Sacramento State in Government or Public Policy
  •   Upon successful completion of the Fellowship: Capital Fellows Graduate Certificate in Applied Policy and Government

Minimum Qualifications:

  •   Bachelor’s degree in any major and a demonstrated interest in state government and public service
  •   20 years of age or older by Sept. 1 of the fellowship year
  •   Non-U.S. citizens must provide proof of appropriate immigration status. Non-U.S. citizens must provide proof of appropriate immigration status. The Capital Fellows Programs do not meet the requirements for F-1 or J-1 visas, nor any work permits requiring participation in the E-verify system.

Frequently Asked Questions

Fellowship Poster

The Center also administers the Federal-State Relations Fellowship which places a Capital Fellow with the California Institute for Federal Policy Research in Washington, DC

Below are links to some recent articles about the Capital Fellows Programs that highlight individual experiences of several fellows in their placements.