Governor Glenn Youngkin

2024 Governor’s Fellows Program

Frequently Asked Questions

How many applicants will be selected for this summer's program?

Each year we receive hundreds of applications from potential fellows. The number of accepted fellows varies on the number of qualified candidates and the needs of the administration, however is usually between 20-30. 

I read that Governor’s Fellows will be compensated by the Commonwealth of Virginia. How does this work?

Each Governor’s Fellow will be paid $3,600, via stipends, for their 2 month long service to the Commonwealth.

Will the Program take place in-person or remotely?

The Governor's Fellows Program is an in-person opportunity and fellows are expected to work in-person through the duration of the program.

I'm interested in applying but am not from the Richmond area. Are there any housing options available for those selected to participate in the program?

No. In past years, Fellows have made their own housing arrangements, such as staying with a friend or relatives or subletting an apartment. Many Virginia Commonwealth University students sublet apartments on Craigslist or Facebook.

Most of the bills from this Session haven't been acted on by Governor Youngkin or didn't pass both houses of the General Assembly. Do I need to take this into account when writing my essay?

No. When preparing your essay, write from the perspective that no action has been taken on the bill. Assume that you are providing information to the Governor should the bill come to his desk.

I understand that rising college seniors and graduating college seniors are eligible to participate. I'm beginning/completing my graduate program; am I eligible?

Yes, you are welcome to submit an application.

Do my letters of recommendation need to be in envelopes that are signed across the seal?

No, however letters of recommendations must be in sealed envelopes and need to be postmarked by the application deadline.
We are also accepting letters of recommendation electronically. Please upload the letters via PDF in the application form.

Where do I direct my letters of recommendation and transcript?

To complete your application, please send recommendation letters and transcripts to:

Governor’s Fellows Program
Post Office Box 2454
Richmond, Virginia 23219
We are also accepting recommendation letters and transcripts electronically. Please upload your transcript via PDF in the application form.

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