Applications Now Open: 2021 Congressional Innovation Scholars Program

01/21/2021 04:23 PM
NOTE: This opportunity is from an external funding partner. This is not an MSRDC scholarship opportunity.
Do you know anyone that would make a good candidate for the 2021 Congressional Innovation Scholars Program? Nominate them today!

As part of our nomination process, we're proud to be the first organization in politics or in Washington to offer a diversity referral award.

If you nominate a woman or non-binary person, underrepresented person of color, person with a disability, or veteran for the Congressional Innovation Scholars Program, and they join the program, we’re going to award you $500.

We launched the referral award in 2018, following the recommendations of the Kapor Center, which found that diversity referral awards were an effective intervention that improved recruitment and retention of underrepresented tech talent.

I'm proud to report that since last year we've awarded $4500 to ten individuals that referred us to nine fellows! This is one part of how we're attempting to live our values, and build an inclusive organization from the ground-up. You can read more about our efforts on our website.

Have someone in mind? Encourage them to check out the events and resources down below:
  • Informational Call #2 January 27, at 2:00 pm Eastern / 11:00 am Pacific. Register below or dial 202-792-8091 to join.
  • Podcast with Genevieve Fried, 2020 Congressional Innovation Scholar. Check it out below.

If you have additional questions, check out our FAQs or a recording of one of our previous informational calls. Send us your best and brightest!


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Podcast w/Genevieve Fried