State Policy Fellowship Program

About the Fellowship:

The State Policy Fellowship program is a two-year research-oriented fellowship dedicated to making change through careful research, thoughtful advocacy, and strong partnerships in a state policy context. For more detail, please read through the goals and application details below.

Applications will now be accepted through February 25, 2022.

The Fellowship program has three main goals:

Making a difference for low-income 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 policy organizations located across the country, 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 motivated candidates – with particular attention to candidates having experience with communities that are underrepresented in state policy debates – who have a demonstrated interest in working on public policies that affect low-income communities, communities of color, and tribal communities.

Launching careers

State Policy Fellows spend two years with an influential state-based policy organization, the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, or the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. Fellows research and write analyses on current policy issues; brief policymakers, journalists, and civic leaders; and engage with advocates and community groups.

Examples of work from current and former State Policy Fellows:

The Fellowship is a project of the State Priorities Partnership, a national network coordinated by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, one of the nation’s premier policy institutes. Fellows will receive training and career development, will work with mentors, and will have access to ongoing opportunities for professional growth.

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