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Applying to a competitive program can be intimidating. This guide is intended to help you through the process. First, please understand that the Capital Fellows admissions team truly enjoys the process of getting to know each applicant. We understand that starting your career as a Capital Fellow in Washington DC is a big decision. So, every applicant is carefully considered and prayed for by the entire team.

Early Admissions

Date: November 15th

Response by: January 15th

Standard Admissions

Date: January 15th

Response by: February 15th

Rolling Admissions

Date: After January 15th

Response by: 4 weeks from date of application


Apply Early

We cannot emphasize this enough. Prospective fellows are strongly encouraged to apply early. Places in each Capital Fellows cohort are limited and the program fills quickly. Applying by the early admissions deadline gives you the best chance of being accepted into the program.

Take Your Time

Treat the Capital Fellows application and admissions process with the same seriousness you would any other job or graduate school application. A hurried application will not serve you well. Spend time to consider your answers, to be vulnerable, and to help us know the real you.

Contact Us With Questions

It’s very common for applicants to have questions about the process or the program in general. Feel free to contact us anytime, even before you submit your application if you have questions.


Putting a class of fellows together is an art more than a science. We want a group that will work and learn well together. Learning from and sharing with one another is a key component of community in the Capital Fellows Program. We like to see candidates from a wide range of universities and personal backgrounds.

The ideal Capital Fellows class has a broad mix of academic majors, interests, personalities and life experiences. We look for individuals that will bring to the program a passion for learning and service as well as a love for God’s Word and His people. We don't have a checklist of requirements for applicants, but these are some traits we like to see:


  • Maturity in the Christian faith

  • Teachable spirit, willingness to learn and grow

  • Inclination toward leadership and service to others

  • Eager to learn in a community setting

  • Strong academic performance

In addition to these general traits, there are a few specific requirements that we look for in each Capital Fellow. The following must be true by September 1 of the program year to which you are applying:



  • Applicants must be between 21 and 25 years of age

  • Applicants must have earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university

  • Applicants must be eligible to work in the United States

  • Applicants must not be married or have children

What We Look For


The cost of Capital Fellows Program is $6,900. This fee covers course fees (including advanced standing credit at Reformed Theological Seminary), all required books, retreats, conference fees, Roundtable meals and other program costs. It's helpful to remember that fellows work in paid, part-time internships. Salary earned from the internship is yours to use as you see fit. Also, to keep the program affordable and to provide the community context of a Christian home, each fellow is housed at no cost by a family from McLean Presbyterian Church.

Fundraising. Individuals admitted to the Capital Fellows Program are encouraged to pursue financial and prayer support from family, friends and their church community. Program support contributions are tax deductible (except those paid by parents and the fellow him/herself). Upon acceptance into the program, we will provide you with a comprehensive fundraising packet to help you with this. More than half of all Capital Fellows fundraise at least part of their program fees.


Deposit. Upon acceptance into the program, a nonrefundable deposit of $900 is required within 14 days to confirm your place in the Program. This deposit will be applied to the total tuition fees at the start of the program year in September.


Partial Scholarships. Through the generosity of supporters of the Capital Fellows program, a limited number of partial scholarships are available to fellows that can demonstrate financial need. Please contact the program staff for more information.

We are currently accepting applications for the 2024-25 Capital Fellows program year.

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