2009/10 Support Budget II

Center for California Studies and Special Funds

Capital Fellows Programs

The Center for California Studies operates as a public education, public service, and applied research office of California State University, Sacramento, devoted to promoting the understanding of California's history, cultures, and public policies. As part of its public service responsibilities, the Center administers the nationally renowned Capital Fellows programs. The programs include the California Senate Fellows, the Jesse M. Unruh Assembly Fellows Program, the Executive Fellows Program, and the Judicial Fellows Program. Through these programs, 64 fellows are selected to spend a year (10-11 months) working with the California legislative, executive, or judicial branches of government. Fellows receive a modest stipend and benefits in exchange for full-time professional work in state government. The fellows are enrolled as graduate students (12 units) at CSU Sacramento and participate in a carefully planned educational program built around their governmental experience.

The direct costs of the Capital Fellows programs consist of stipends, benefits, and student fees for the 64 fellows. There are also operating expenditures associated with administering the program calculated at 10 percent of the operating budget.