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CFPB Policy Fellowship

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The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is seeking to enhance our expertise on the markets for consumer financial products and services that affect American consumers today, particularly vulnerable consumers. To achieve this goal, we are launching the CFPB Policy Fellowship. CFPB Policy Fellows will develop new policies and strategies that support the Bureau’s mission to ensure that the markets for consumer financial services are fair, transparent and competitive. CFPB Policy Fellows are term-limited appointments.


The CFPB Policy Fellowship offers two tracks (a ‘Markets & Policy’ track and an ‘Engagement & Policy’ track) for skilled experts from the financial services industry, consumer organizations, and other public, private, or non-profit backgrounds interested in making an impact on the CFPB’s mission. Opportunities are available at a variety of levels, from mid-career professionals to seasoned policy experts.

Markets & Policy track

Fellows in the Markets & Policy track will work to develop policies and strategies in one of the consumer financial markets or products overseen by the CFPB. These could potentially include, but are not limited to, the following markets and issues: mortgage origination, mortgage servicing, auto lending, credit reporting, consumer financial data exchange, credit cards, consumer lending (e.g., small dollar and installment), credit reporting, deposits, payments, consumer permissioned data access, consumer financial technology (FinTech), small business lending (e.g., community development financial institution and minority depository institution), rental housing, and financial institution data and core processing systems. Fellows in the Markets & Policy track will be a part of or lead cross-functional teams to help keep the Bureau on the cutting edge of these markets.

Engagement & Policy

Fellows in the Engagement & Policy track will work to develop policies and strategies that address how the market for consumer financial products and services affects specific populations of Americans. These populations could potentially include, but are not limited, to the following populations: Servicemembers, Veterans, Students, Older Americans, Native Americans, Rural Americans, Young Americans, New Americans, Immigrants, Workers, and consumers with limited incomes. Fellows in the Engagement & Policy track will also be a part of or lead cross-functional teams to help keep the Bureau on the cutting edge of issues facing these populations.

Fellowship terms

If selected, Fellows will be appointed to two-year term appointments with the opportunity to extend up to a total of four years. Fellowships are in the excepted service and thus do not provide competitive status.

What we’re looking for

We are looking for fellows with experience and expertise in a variety of areas related to consumer finance, consumer advocacy, policy analysis & development, and consumer or public engagement campaigns. We offer opportunities at a variety of experience levels for both the Markets & Policy fellows and the Engagement & Policy fellows. Please review the postings below and apply to any position of interest. You are encouraged to apply to multiple positions if you feel you qualify. Additional experience and eligibility requirements are detailed in the full job postings.

All applicants will be required to submit a two-page writing assessment on their prior experience as part of their application process. Any applicant who does not submit a writing assessment will not receive consideration. Information on the Markets & Policy Fellows writing assessment is available here and information on the Engagement & Policy Fellows writing assessment is available here . Additionally, these assessments are described in further detail in each vacancy announcement.

If this is your first time applying for a federal job, CFPB has resources to help you navigate the process. Click here for guidance on working through the federal hiring process.


Dave Uejio

A message from our Acting Director

"As a CFPB Policy Fellow, you will be a critical force multiplier as the Bureau develops new policies and strategies to support our mission. This is your opportunity to use your unique experience to make lasting impact on the most pressing issues for consumers."

David Uejio


Open positions


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CN-53 Program Analyst Fellows

Markets & Policy

At this level, Fellows will work as senior-level analysts in efforts related to one or more of the relevant consumer financial products or markets. You will work on cross-functional teams to provide research, analysis, and insight on issues related to emerging consumer financial products or market trends.

Fellows at this level need experience.

  • Analyzing data to identify problems and trends, and developing recommendations to improve gaps in policy and/or procedures related to a consumer finance market area
  • Using advanced statistical or data visualization tools
  • Presenting written products to demonstrate analyses, policy options and implications, and recommendations

Engagement & Policy

At this level, Fellows will work as senior-level analysts in efforts related to one or more engagement campaigns or policy issues relevant to a population with which CFPB works. You will work on cross-functional teams to provide research, analysis, and insight on issues related to Bureau engagement priorities or population groups.

Fellows at this level need experience:

  • Assisting in the development of policy goals and strategies or supporting engagement campaigns to support the economic and financial well-being of economically vulnerable populations
  • Analyzing quantitative and qualitative data to develop recommendations
  • Presenting written products to demonstrate analyses, policy options and implications, and recommendations
  • Convening internal and external stakeholders to further develop policy goals and strategies or execute engagement campaigns

CN-60 Program Manager Fellows

Markets & Policy

At this level, Fellows will work as key non-supervisory program managers in efforts related to one or more of the relevant consumer financial products or markets. You will coordinate the work of cross-functional teams to provide research, analysis, and insight on issues related to emerging consumer financial products or market trends.

Fellows at this level need experience:

  • Developing business strategies or policy strategies in a consumer financial services market
  • Managing or performing policy or business analysis that uses a wide range of evaluative, analytical and statistical methods and techniques
  • Developing and or guiding the development of reports and recommendations to senior management to improve policies, programs, products

Engagement & Policy

At this level, Fellows will work as key non-supervisory program managers in efforts related to one or more the engagement campaigns or policy issues relevant to a population with which CFPB works. You will coordinate the work of cross-functional teams to provide research, analysis, and insight on issues related to Bureau engagement priorities or population groups.

Fellows at this level need experience:

  • Developing policy goals and strategies or designing and executing engagement campaigns to support the economic and financial well-being of economically vulnerable special populations
  • Managing or performing work on policy analysis projects that required requires a wide range of evaluative and analytical skills, methods and techniques
  • Developing or guiding the development of reports and recommendations to senior management to improve policies, programs, products
  • Convening and influencing critical internal and external stakeholders to further develop policy goals or execute engagement campaigns

CN-71 Senior Fellows

Markets & Policy

At this level, Senior Fellows will serve as experts in one or more consumer financial market, products, or policy areas. Senior Fellows will advise leadership and current staff on strategic issues related to the markets or products in which they have expertise and how those developments and issues relate to the Bureau’s policymaking agenda.

Fellows at this level need experience:

  • Developing long-term business strategies or policy strategies in a consumer financial services market in a way that reflects understanding of broad industry context and insight into the functioning of that market
  • Leading comprehensive approaches to conduct business or policy analysis using a wide range of evaluative and analytical skills, methods, and techniques
  • Leading the development of written reports and recommendations for the purposes of decision making by senior organizational leadership or policymakers

Engagement & Policy

At this level, Senior Fellows will serve as experts on issues impacting or strategies to engage with one or more of the populations with which CFPB works. Senior Fellows will advise leadership and current staff on strategic issues related to these special populations as a strategic partner in both policymaking and engagement efforts.

Fellows at this level need experience:

  • Designing long-term policy strategies and overseeing engagement campaigns to support the economic and financial well-being of economically vulnerable populations
  • Leading comprehensive approaches to conduct policy analysis using a wide range of evaluative and analytical skills, methods and techniques
  • Leading the development of written reports products, research and analysis and making policy recommendations for the purposes of decision making by senior organizational leadership
  • Designing strategies to convene and influence critical internal and external stakeholders to develop policy goals and effectively execute engagement campaigns

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