Rio Bravo Congressional Fellowship 2021 - Mexico
Atlantic Council’s Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center and the US-Mexico Foundation
The Atlantic Council and US-Mexico Foundation’s Rio Bravo Congressional Fellowship Program aims to deepen the US-Mexico bilateral relationship through educating, convening, and establishing relationships among congressional staff from both countries. The program connects US and Mexican Congressional fellows with our larger community, which includes leading experts on US-Mexico diplomatic relations, trade, migration and border issues, security, and public diplomacy.
The Rio Bravo Congressional Fellowship is a non-partisan fellowship program that connects US Congressional staffers, Mexican legislators, and leading experts from the Atlantic Council and the US-Mexico Foundation on the bilateral relationship. Through the non-residential and unpaid fellowship, staff members will take part in six private and off-the record* virtual master classes (February 25, March 25, April 29, May 27, June 24, and July 29) led by experts and guest speakers to discuss critical issues connected to the bilateral relationship, including but not limited to:
Economic interdependence between Mexico and the United States
Energy security and cooperation
Central America, migration trends and border issues
Public diplomacy and soft power
Today’s most pressing issues in the bilateral agenda (specific topic to be determined closer to the date)
The program also provides fellows with privileged access to select Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center events and connects fellows with host institution experts for hearings, briefings, and background meetings. The fellowship may include a capstone study trip to Mexico (for US participants) and to Washington, DC (for Mexican participants), where staff members will have meetings with representatives from government, diverse political actors, civil society, and the private sector.
Although the trip is contingent on sanitary restrictions, our congressional fellows will have the opportunity to virtually work with their counterparts to deepen long-term bilateral ties. Moreover, as the second class, our 2021 fellows will be part of our larger Rio Bravo Fellowship community and enjoy the benefits of this binational network. After the Fellowship, each participant will receive a certificate of completion.
Applications close January 29, 2021. Fellows will be selected through a competitive process, and the program will begin in February 2021.
Please contact Julia Madrazo (click here)
with any questions.
Currently working in the Mexican Senate, have at least 2+ years experience in Senate legislative affairs;
Professional focus or strong interest in US-Mexico relations;
Advanced English language required;
- Ability to connect to all virtual master classes and actively participate. There will be six monthly virtual master classes on the last Thursday of each month.
To complete the application, you must complete a 400-word statement of interest or submit a 1-minute long video statement in English, provide two professional references, and submit your resume.
* We reserve the right to share the recordings with Rio Bravo Fellows.