Q. What is the Gold Star Family Fellowship Program?

A. The SFC Sean Cooley and SPC Christopher Horton Congressional Gold Star Family Fellowship Program Act, House Resolution 107, was signed into law on October 29, 2019.  This act established the “Gold Star Family Fellowship Program” allowing for Gold Star Families to apply for a one-year fellowship with Members of Congress.


Q. Who is a Gold Star Family member?

A. Gold Star Families are parents, children (including step), spouses, or siblings of military members who have died in the line of duty.  “Gold Star” is meant to honor the service member’s ultimate sacrifice while acknowledging their family’s loss, grief and continued healing. (www.uso.org)


Q. Do I have to be a Gold Star Family Member to apply?

A. Yes. 


Q. I’m a Gold Star Family Member, do I qualify to apply?

A. Generally, yes.  If the service member died while in the line of duty (not due to misconduct) or the honorably discharged veteran died from a service-connected disability within four years of service, then you may qualify to apply.


Q. I’m eligible, what documents should I include with my application?

A. Candidates should include the following documents at a minimum:

  • Resume
  • DD Form 261 (Report of Investigation) for members who died on active duty

(example: https://www.esd.whs.mil/Portals/54/Documents/DD/forms/dd/dd0261.pdf)

  • Last DD 214 (Member 4) issued with Honorable Discharge
  • Proof of dependency (“page 2”, DD 1172 or equivalent)
  • Proof of relationship (marriage certificate, obituary, birth certificate, etc…)


Q. How do I apply to the Gold Star Family Fellowship Program?

A. To apply, candidates should visit https://house.csod.com/ux/ats/careersite/1/home?c=house, click the link associated with their location(s) of choice, then follow the application instructions provided.


Q. How much will I be paid as a Gold Star Family Fellow?

A. Salaries range from $41,545 to $54,442.  


Q. Will all Gold Star Family Fellowship positions lead to full-time employment at the conclusion of the fellowship?

A. Fellowship positions are not a guarantee of continued employment beyond the one-year assignment.


Q. Are all Gold Star Family Fellowships located in Washington, D. C.?

A. Although some fellowships   are located in Washington, D. C., most are located in the district offices of Members of Congress.


Q. Is there reimbursement for relocation expenses?

A. Reimbursement will NOT be paid for a position that requires relocation.


Q. What happens if during my assignment a Member of Congress loses re-election?

A. The assignment is always contingent on the Member of Congress remaining in office. Depending on the timing of your placement, the fellowship may conclude upon the member’s departure from Congress.


Q. Whom should I contact if I have additional questions about the program?

A.  Ronnie Ratliff, the Gold Star Family Fellowship Program Manager, at HouseGoldStarProgram@mail.house.gov or call (202) 226-1965.