Rising Senior BPS Fellowship

The Rising Senior BPS Fellowship will offer up to fifteen rising senior students an opportunity to work at the federal, state, or local government office in the United States.

The applicant will propose a placement of their choice to work with for summer 2022. Placements must be with a federal office, agency, or non-governmental organization affiliated with government function. They will be required to perform full time (40 hours a week) work for 10 weeks over the summer, following the timeline outlined below. Students need not have final confirmation of a placement when they apply for this fellowship and may continue searching for a placement after the due date for this application. 

Please note: In the past, it has been a requirement for applicants to propose federally based placements in D.C. for this program. This year, we are expanding the scope of proposals beyond D.C. and beyond the federal level. Feel free to discuss more with Sam Cogswell if you have any questions.

TIMELINE (updated 2/8/22)

  • December 2021- Student Application goes live


  • February 4th, 2022- Round 1 Student Application due at 12:00 PM EST
  • February 16th- 22nd, 2022- Round 1 Finalists interviewed
  • March 1st- Students notified of final decisions
  • March 8th- Final student acceptances due by email


  • February 25th, 2022- Round 2 Student Application due at 12:00 PM EST
  • March 4th-9th, 2022- Round 2 Finalists interviewed
  • March 11th- Students notified of final decisions
  • March 18th- Final student acceptances due by email


  • June 6th to August 12th- Fellowship experience takes place.
  • September 1st- Final Reflection Essay due
  • October, date TBD- Presidential Summer Symposium

Please note: program orientation, cohort meetings, and other events will be added to this timeline if selected for the program. 

Application Details

Apply here!

  • Start searching for and applying to possible placements for summer 2022.
  • Update your resume.
  • Create a one page letter of interest for this application, answering the following prompts:
    • Why are you interested in a Rising Senior BPS Fellowship?
    • Describe the type(s) of summer placements that you seek, including any concrete details about applications in progress or submitted to date. 
    • If selected, what do you hope to achieve during your time as a Rising Senior BPS Fellowship?
  • Ask two individuals to serve as references (just contact info, not letters), at least one of which must be a Bowdoin faculty member.