National Fellowships

Women's Research and Education Institute (WREI)

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The institute is an independent, national public policy research and education center whose mission is to inform and help shape the public policy debate on issues affecting women in their roles in the family, the workplace, and the public arena. The WREI Fellowship program is one element in a range of WREI efforts to increase policymakers' access to useful and timely research on women. The WREI Fellowships are designed to train women as potential leaders in public policy formation and to examine issues from the perspective and experiences and needs of women.

A WREI Fellow works 30 hours per week in a Congressional office as a legislative aide on policy issues affecting women. Only students who are currently enrolled in a master's or doctoral program at an accredited institution in the United States or who have completed such a program within the past 18 months are eligible. WREI strongly recommends that applicants complete at least nine hours of graduate coursework before applying and have a demonstrated interest in research or political activity related to women's social and political status. Fellows receive a stipend and some tuition reimbursement.

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