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Washington, DC EPFP Application Instructions
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We are pleased you are considering the Washington, DC Education Policy Fellowship Program (DC EPFP). This nine-month professional development program includes individuals whose work record reflects strong leadership abilities or potential and a driving interest in improving opportunities for children, youth, and adults through education and public policy. 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.



We invite you to apply for EPFP 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;
• a belief in the power of equity in education and workforce excellence;
• relevant 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 and associated release time for the program.


Please view the 2020-21 syllabus for exact dates:

  • Welcome Reception & New Fellow Orientation (Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020) - This provides the opportunity for the 2019-20 cohort to meet each other and get acquainted with EPFP. This event is mandatory.
  • Opening Retreat (Friday-Saturday, Sept. 25-26, 2020) - 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 2020 - May 2021) - 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. 
  • Partnership, Power and Policy Forum (Thursday-Friday, Nov. 5-6, 2020) - A curated experience with ties to DC so Fellows can apply strategic leadership concepts from other public policy areas to education. 
  • Annapolis Study Tour (Thursday-Friday, Feb. 11-12, 2021) - 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. 21-24, 2021) - 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 National 2019-20 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.

Fellows work in teams to facilitate one Policy Discussion Session during the program year. They also team up to address a current policy issue, culminating in a final presentation at the graduation ceremony in May 2021.

Please consider these extra demands on your time in light of your current professional and personal schedule. Participation in the September 16th Welcome Session is mandatory. Please hold this date on your calendar when you submit your application. If you cannot participate fully in EPFP, please consider applying in the following year.


Each Fellow or the Fellow's employing agency–the sponsor–pays the base program fee of $3,850, discounted to $3,450 if application received before June 15, 2020. An additional $250 discount is provided to the 2nd applicant from the same organization. This fee includes $500 non-refundable registration deposit due upon notification of acceptance into program.

Not included in the program fee: travel costs for the Partnership, Power, and Policy 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, 2020.

Payment options:

Our preferred payment method is check made out to The Institute for Educational Leadership. You may also pay via a credit card authorization form, but you will be charged an additional 3% processing fee. We accept all major credit cards. 

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, $3,450)
Early decision applicants notified of acceptance
SEPT 12 Fellows notified of acceptance, registration remains open until cohort is full
$500 non-refundable registration deposit due if not paid at time of registration
SEPT 16* New Fellow Orientation and Welcome Reception (5:30-9:00 pm) *mandatory
 OCT 31 Registration fees paid in full


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