Blog   |   E-Newsletter   |   Donate
Washington, DC EPFP Application Instructions
Share |

Apply now!

We are pleased you are considering the DC Education Policy Fellowship Program (DC EPFP). EPFP is a ten-month professional development program for individuals whose work record reflects strong leadership abilities or potential and a concern for improving the life chances of children and youth. Participants in EPFP hold full-time positions in diverse organizations at the local, state and national levels. Most Fellows are supported by their employing agencies.


EPFP invites your application if you have:

  • a commitment to personal and professional development on behalf of children, youth, and adult learners;
  • a track record for making things happen—inside and across agencies and organizations;
  • substantive work experiences;
  • a bachelor's degree or its equivalent;
  • a full-time professional position; and
  • the endorsement and financial support of your employing organization or the ability to assume financial responsibility for the program.



Please view the 2017-18 condensed syllabus for exact dates.

  • Welcome Reception & New Fellow Orientation (Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017) - This provides the opportunity for the 2017-18 cohort to meet each other and get acquainted with EPFP. This event is mandatory.
  • Opening Retreat (Friday-Saturday, Sept. 22-23, 2017) - DC EPFP Fellows are given the opportunity to get to know their fellow cohort members and dive into education policy issues. This event takes place in the Washington, DC area.
  • Biweekly Seminars (Wednesdays, October 2017-May 2018) - DC EPFP Fellows are required to participate in biweekly seminars, held on Wednesday evenings from 5:30 - 9 pm. These seminars take place at IEL in Washington, DC.
  • Regional Leadership Forum (Thursday-Friday, Oct. 5-6, 2017) - An overnight trip where Fellows from several EPFP sites spend a day at Gettysburg Battlefield and a day at the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, PA, where instructors from the U.S. Army Department of Command, Leadership, and Management share strategic leadership concepts taught to military and government leaders.
  • Annapolis Study Tour (Thursday-Friday, Feb. 8-9, 2018) - An overnight trip to Annapolis, MD, that provides Fellows with an opportunity to visit the Maryland Statehouse, meet with state legislators and key education policy officials, and watch the legislative process in action.
  • Washington Policy Seminar (Sunday-Wednesday, Mar. 18-21, 2018) - The capstone event for EPFP Fellows across the country, this event increases Fellows' knowledge of federal policy issues and processes and gives them a chance to explore the impact of federal policy on their work, as well as to meet the extended 2017-18 EPFP cohort.
  • Executive Development Program - This opportunity provided through four extended policy sessions (Wednesdays) explores Fellows' professional leadership capacities and provides feedback on ways to develop their leadership skills.

Additionally, Fellows work in teams to facilitate one Policy Discussion Session and work together to create a shared project to address a current policy issue. Fellows will make a brief presentation during their graduation ceremony about their group policy project.

Please consider these extra demands on your time in light of your current professional and personal schedule. Participation in the September 13 Welcome Session is mandatory. Please hold this date on your calendar when you submit your application. If you cannot participate fully in EPFP, please do not complete the application.



Each Fellow or the Fellow's employing agency–the sponsor–pays the base program fee of $2,950 (includes $500 non-refundable registration deposit due upon notification of acceptance into program), travel costs for the Regional Leadership Forum and Annapolis Study Tour, and any special site-specific programming fees. The program fee must be paid in full no later than October 31, 2017.

In addition, the employer provides release time as needed for participation in program activities. All applicants must complete and submit a Sponsor Endorsement Form with their online application. Applications will not be considered without the signed Sponsor Endorsement Form. All applicants, even self-funding participants, must complete and submit a Sponsor Endorsement Form. 


DC EPFP application window
Early decision application window closes (early applicants receive discounted program fee)
Early decision applicants notified of acceptance
Application window closes
Fellows notified of acceptance
$500 non-refundable registration deposit due
SEPT 13* New Fellow Orientation and Welcome Reception (5:30-9:00 pm) *mandatory

Click here to continue the DC EPFP application process.

Contact Us at 4301 Connecticut Ave, NW, Suite 100 | Washington, DC 20008 | 202-822-8405 |

Membership Management Software Powered by YourMembership  ::  Legal