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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the application process for EPFP?
EPFP recruitment schedules vary from site to site, but generally applications are accepted from spring through late summer for the next program year, which typically begins in September. 

Please
visit your state's page for an application which contains the deadline for your state's program. Final selection of Fellows is made by EPFP coordinators in consultation with the applicant’s sponsor.


How is the program structured?
Fellows remain in their full-time positions and use their work environment as the context for examining important local, state, and federal leadership and policy issues. EPFP activities are directed by state-based site coordinators and the schedules vary site to site.

EPFP requires participation in training activities which are generally, but not always, held at the conclusion of the normal work day from September until June. In addition, Fellows are expected to attend the Washington Policy Seminar, EPFP's national conference. Please visit your state's page or contact your state's EPFP coordinator to obtain site-specific programming and scheduling information.

Please consider the extra demand on your time in light of your current professional and personal schedule. If you cannot participate fully in EPFP, please do not complete the application.

 
How much does the program cost and who covers that cost?

Each person’s employing agency–the sponsor–pays the base program fee (which ranges from $1900 - $3000, depending upon the site and the activities included in a particular site's base program fee). The program fee covers site activities and meetings and Washington Policy Seminar programmatic costs. In addition, the sponsor typically pays travel costs to the national conference and any additional site-specific programming fees not included in the program fee. The employer also provides release time for local and national activities.  

Can I self-sponsor if my employer cannot pay?
In some instances, a Fellow can arrange to pay for all or part of his/her own tuition and/or travel costs if that person's employer is willing to grant release time but is unable to fund participation in the program. This arrangement is made at the discretion of each site, so please contact the coordinator(s) for the program in your state if you are interested in self-sponsoring.

What happens if I miss sessions?
Each site has its own policy with regards to the number of sessions a Fellow may miss and still be eligible to graduate from the program. Please contact the coordinator(s) for the program in your state about attendance policies. In most sites, attendance at regional leadership forums and/or the Washington Policy Seminar is mandatory for completion of the program.

Does the program include assignments and projects?
Assignments and projects vary from site to site, but Fellows may be expected to prepare readings for each regular session and other activities. Many sites also require Fellows to complete a policy project, either individually or in small groups, on policy issues that are relevant to their work or interests, or to their state. All Fellows are expected to complete assignments, readings, and projects assigned to them by coordinators throughout the program.

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