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State Policy Fellowship Applications Are Open

We’re now accepting applications for the 2016 class of State Policy Fellows.  Since 2010, CBPP and our State Priorities Partnership have placed fellows in leading state-based policy organizations across the country.  The fellowship is designed to:

  • Bring diverse perspectives to state policy debates.  To expand the voices that speak with authority in state policy debates, the program identifies highly qualified candidates with a track record of working on public policies affecting low-income and diverse communities and policies with implications for racial equity.  A graduate degree in public policy, law, social work, economics, or a similar field is required.
  • Make a difference for vulnerable families and communities.  Working in independent, highly respected policy organizations across the country, Fellows analyze the impact of state budget and tax policy choices on low-income residents, promote positive reforms, and collaborate with advocates to engage the public on the impacts of public policies on local communities.
  • Launch careers.  State Policy Fellows spend two years developing expertise in issues such as state budget and tax policies, health care, education finance, family economic security, and criminal justice.  Fellows will travel to Washington, D.C. for training and career development and work with mentors, and they will have access to ongoing training and opportunities for professional growth.

Eligible candidates must have received a graduate degree in public policy, public affairs, economics, law, social work, public health, or a related field within the past two years, or expect to receive a degree before August 1, 2016; have a strong academic record; and be eligible to work full-time in the United States for the two-year duration of the program.

The application deadline is January 25, 2016.  For more information on the fellowship and to read more about the current class of fellows, visit