2018 Founders' Fellows Program

The Founders' Fellows program is now accepting applications for its 2018 class! Applicants undergo a rigorous review process, competing for 25 available spots. You must receive a letter of recommendation from an ASPA member in good standing to qualify as a candidate for the program.

Applicants must submit a resume, personal statement, essay and their nominator’s information and recommendation letter as part of their application. A completed application will include:
  • An application information form
  • A list of career and research interests
  • A resume or CV
  • A personal statement
  • An essay (more details are provided in the online application)
  • Your nominator's letter of recommendation

Eligibility requirements:
  • All applicants must be a member in good standing and
  • Be a currently enrolled student (Master's or doctoral level) or a new professional (within three years of having graduated from an academic program)

All application packets are due to ASPA by Oct. 13, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

Click here to access the application form.


"Being a Founders’ Fellow has given me an unmatched opportunity to build lasting relationships in public administration. I had the chance to meet outstanding individuals from around the world who will undoubtedly become future leaders in their organizations and in the public administration community. Getting to know my cohort, their work and their passions about enhancing governance, civics and democracy domestically and around the globe was not only enlightening but also inspirational."
 - Will Swann, Florida State University, 2015 Founders' Fellow


Program Benefits

  • Complimentary attendance at the Annual Conference, where they present their research 
  • Complimentary hotel accommodations
  • A mentorship with senior mentors who are matched with them based on academic and professional interests
  • Tailored professional development webinars that address their specific educational and professional needs

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Thank you to the following 2018 Founders' Fellows Sponsors:


We are already receiving sponsor support for the 2018 class of Founders' Fellows! Thank you to the following for your contributions:

Stephen R. Rolandi
San Diego State University
Texas Southern University

Interested in supporting the Founders' Fellows program? Visit our sponsorship page and download our sponsorship brochure for more information!