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The State Policy Fellowship Program supports a diverse generation of future leaders in shaping state policies and fiscal choices that affect disadvantaged families and communities.

Fellowship Sponsors:

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

The State Priorities Partnership

About the Fellowship:

Application process for 2014 fellows has ended.

Our next class of fellows will begin in September 2016. We will begin accepting applications in October 2015. In the meantime, please consider applying for positions at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and the State Priorities Partnership.

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 criminal justice. 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 perspectives 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.

Launching careers

State Policy Fellows spend two years with an influential state policy organization belonging to the State Priorities Partnership or for the 2014 class, with the Washington, D.C. based Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP). 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.

Learn more about the Fellowship Responsibilities »