The Atlantic Council’s Venezuela Congressional Fellowship program aims to establish a bipartisan conversation among US Congressional staff on Venezuela’s multi-dimensional crisis and options for a transition and post-transition. It further harnesses constructive conversation and connections with Latin American and European Union (EU) Parliament legislators. The program seeks to foster long-term engagement on Venezuelan issues and encourage relevant stakeholders to evaluate the impact of US foreign policy and of the international community toward Venezuela. Moreover, this initiative focuses on leading US bipartisan discussions by convening and connecting US congressional staff, EU legislators, high-level international experts on Venezuelan issues, as well as diverse voices from Venezuelan civil society.
The Venezuela Congressional Fellowship is a non-partisan program that establishes relationships between US congressional staff, Venezuelan political and civil society leaders, as well as the Atlantic Council’s larger community, which includes leading experts on Venezuela; and Latin America and EU legislators. Through the non-residential and unpaid fellowship, staff members will take part in five (5) off-the-record master classes (August, September, October, December, January) led by experts and guest speakers to discuss critical issues related to the Venezuelan crisis including but not limited to:
The program also provides fellows with privileged access to select Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center events and connects fellows with host institution experts for briefings, and background meetings. The fellowship includes a capstone virtual trip to the European Union Parliament, where staff members will have meetings with representatives from the EU, other political actors, and civil society. The US congressional fellows will have the opportunity to work with their European counterparts to deepen cooperation on Venezuelan issues. Additionally, the cohort of fellows will participate in an exercise to jointly develop polling questions on Venezuela that address relevant questions for Congress. At the conclusion of the Fellowship, each participant will receive a certificate of completion.
Applications close July 24, 2020. Fellows will be selected through a competitive process, and the program will begin in August 2020. Please contact Angela Chavez at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. We encourage diversity among applicants.
Completed applications include: