About the Fellowship:
Making a difference for vulnerable families and communities
State Policy Fellows tackle domestic policy challenges in areas like health care, taxes, anti-poverty policy, education and public safety. Working in independent, highly respected think tanks located in state capitals, Fellows analyze the impact of state budget and tax policy choices on low-income residents and promote positive reforms.
Bringing diverse voices to state policy debates
To expand the diversity of voices that speak with authority in state policy debates, the program identifies highly-qualified candidates who have graduate degrees in public policy, law, social work, economics, or similar fields and connects them to public policy organizations.
State Policy Fellows spend two years with an influential state policy organizations belonging to the State Fiscal Analysis Initiative or with the state fiscal division at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities in Washington, DC. Fellows research and write analyses on current policy issues; brief policymakers, journalists, and others on these issues; and serve as a resource for advocates and community groups.
In addition, Fellows will become part of a national network coordinated by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, and travel to Washington, DC, for training and career development. The program also identifies mentors and provides on-going training and opportunities for professional growth. External rotations may be offered in some locations at non-profit partners, government agencies, governors' offices, or legislative committees.