Capital Fellows Programs

Deadline: 11 February 2019
Open to: applicants with a bachelor’s degree by September 1st of the fellowship year
Benefits: USD 2,698 monthly stipend and other benefits


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.

Information about the fellowship programs

Jesse M. Unruh Assembly Fellowship

Executive Fellowship

Judicial Fellowship Program   (Judicial Fellowship Blog)

California Senate Fellows

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.


1.   Have a bachelor’s degree by September 1st of the fellowship year and either a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.5 or higher or a GPA of 2.5 or higher in the last 60 (semester) or 90 (quarter) units;

2.   20 years of age or older by Sept. 1 of the fellowship year;

3.   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.


Capital Fellows Receive:

  •   USD 2,698 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.

How to apply?

In order to apply, you must register an account here.

For more information, please visit the official webpage.