About the Program

Click here for the program application. (PDF)

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the format and schedule of the 2020-2021 PA Education Policy Program is changed from the traditional Fellowship Program held since 1999. The 2020-2021 Program will be conducted in briefer, more frequent, and mostly online sessions. The content will be substantially the same as the traditional Fellowship Program, with some changes necessitated by the new format and a desire to reduce costs to sponsors in these uncertain fiscal times. But with the new virtual format, the Program will be able to broaden the scope of experience and perspective represented by our session leaders and guests.

The Education Policy Fellowship Program annually brings together a diverse cohort of professionals from education, human services, government, business, and community organizations.

You are invited to apply if you have:

  • A track record of making things happen – inside and across agencies/organizations.
  • A full-time professional position and substantive work experience.
  • A bachelor’s degree or its equivalent.
  • The endorsement and financial support of your employing organization.
  • A commitment to personal and professional development.

What is my commitment if I am accepted as an EPFP Fellow?

  • Participate in 18 virtual sessions (2.5 – 3.0 hours)
    approximately twice a month from September
    through May.
  • Participate in a virtual two-day Regional Leadership Forum (2.0 hours per day).
  • Participate in Days-in-the-Capitol in Washington
    DC (April) and Harrisburg (May).
  • Complete independent policy research as a member of a small team to develop a policy proposal.
  • Share your experience and knowledge with other
    Fellows through presentations, discussions with
    guests and in small group discussions, and in
    team projects.

How will my organization benefit from my participation in the EPFP?

Employers gain:

  • Access to a professional development program with a proven track record.
  • Better informed, more skillful employees.
  • Employees who are ready to assume more leadership responsibilities.
  • Expanded networks that enhance the organization’s ability to access key leaders and decision makers who shape policy on behalf of children and youth.

What is my employer’s commitment in supporting my participation?

  • Provide release time for your participation in the virtual sessions and for the “Day-in-the-Capitol” sessions in Harrisburg and Washington DC.
  • Pay a tuition fee of $1,995 plus travel-related costs for meetings in Harrisburg and Washington DC. (Tuition includes meals for the Harrisburg, Washington DC, and June graduation events, and also any regional events that may be scheduled).

Does participation in the EPFP qualify for Act 45, Act 48 and SBA credits?

  • The Program is not currently an approved Act 45 or Act 48 credit provider.
  • EPLC is approved to provide State Board of Accountancy (SBA) credit to certified public accountants. If you are interested in receiving SBA credit, please check the appropriate box on the application.

How Do EPFP Alumni Describe the Program?

  • Click here to read reflections from EPFP Alumni about their experience in the Fellows program.

How do I apply?

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