Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress (CSPC) Presidential Fellows Program

This award requires university nomination or interview and cannot be applied to directly. Students must work with the Office of Fellowships and Scholarships and meet university deadlines.


Each year, UB nominates one student to become a Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress (CSPC) Fellow. These fellows are fully funded to participate in the program, during which they attend a four-day leadership conference in Washington, D.C., participate in monthly webinars and develop a research paper eligible for publication and awards.

Since 1970, CSPC fellows have traveled to Washington, D.C. to learn about leadership and governance, to share their outstanding research and to explore careers in public service. While attending the conference, the fellows participate in workshops where they present and receive peer feedback on their research projects. The fellows also have the opportunity to engage with policy experts, government officials and leaders in the legislative process. 


June 15

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must:

  • Be an undergraduate student from any field of study.
  • Be a domestic or international student.
  • Be available to attend all portions of the program. For the 2023-2024 program, the Washington, D.C. conference will take place March 16-20, 2024.
  • Have an interest in the American government.
  • Be comfortable with speaking, presenting and writing about the American presidency or Congress.

How to Apply

The 2023-2024 application is now closed. Applications for 2024-2025 will open in April 2024.

Selection Process

A UB faculty committee will review the nominee’s application and determine if the student will be endorsed to the scholarship program. Applicants will be notified of their selection status by June 30.

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Past Award Recipients and Honorees







Field(s) of Study




2022 Samiha Islam Recipient Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Rochester, NY
2021 Alexis Harrell Recipient Psychology and Sociology Albany, NY
2020 Kay Kennedy Recipient Political Science Buffalo, NY
2019 Avery Sirwatka Recipient Sociology and Urban and Public Policy Studies Jamestown, NY
2018 David Tallents Recipient Mathematics-Economics and Political Science Fulton, NY
2017 Gunnar Haberl Recipient Social Science Interdisciplinary and Political Science Elma, NY
2016 Emily Sharp O'Connor Recipient Political Science Ithaca, NY
2015 Carly Gottorff Recipient Political Science Angola, NY