Date:   February 6, 2013

To:     All UF Graduate Students

Cc:     All UF Graduate Coordinators and Staff

From:   UF Graduate School

RE:     April 22: Deadline to Apply for New York Senate Graduate Fellowships

The New York Senate Graduate Fellowship program is now accepting applications, which are due Monday, April 22, 2013.

Applicants are not required to presently reside or attend school in New York.

All Senate fellowships are on-site in Albany, New York. Fellowships are not financial aid for academic work, on-campus or classroom study. Housing in Albany is the responsibility of the fellow.

A grant-in-study stipend is awarded - $33,000 - distributed in biweekly installments prorated from the first day to the last day of enrollment. Some benefit options are available (health, dental, vision, life insurance, and the New York State retirement program).

Applications from a wide range of interests and disciplines are welcome and encouraged. Training in the history/politics/government of New York State is not required. Placements are usually to the office of an elected member of the Senate.

While fellows are not Senate employees, after the program ends, Fellows may sometimes be hired to full employee status in the Senate. A great number of former Fellows are today employees of the Senate, the Assembly, the Executive Chamber, state agencies, associations, and lobbying firms.

Legislative Fellowships: Each Legislative Fellow is assigned to a specific Senator's office, where they will function largely as if they were regular staff. While duties vary depending on the needs of the member, Legislative Fellows generally perform in-depth policy research, take part in meetings with various interest groups and constituents, and attend legislative sessions.

Memorial Fellowships: Memorial Fellowships are awarded to applicants who demonstrate the unique qualifications and abilities required of each position. There are three such placements, each awarded to a single individual for the Fellowship class:

(1) Roth Fellowship - The recipient of the Roth Fellowship will be placed in the Senate Majority Press Office. The Roth Fellowship requires extraordinary communications skills and an ability to explain policy positions quickly and concisely to the media and to the broader public.

(2) Wiebe Fellowship - The recipient of the Wiebe Fellowship is placed in the Majority Counsel/Program Services Office, and works on a variety of policy areas of interest to the Senate Majority Conference. Wiebe Fellows demonstrate broad interests in all areas of public policy in New York State.

(3) Biggane Fellowship - The recipient of the Biggane Fellowship will be placed with the Senate Finance Committee. The Biggane Fellow focuses on budget and/or fiscal matters, and will be involved in the budgetary process -- one of the Senate's primary responsibilities to the people of New York.

For more information and an application, go online to:

If you have questions, please e-mail:

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