Students are encouraged to get involved with their local ASPA Chapters. ASPA Chapters provide a unique opportunity to meet key figures in the local public service community and expand your network. Membership in a local Chapter is included with your ASPA membership.

In addition, ASPA’s Sections offer in-depth exposure to the issues that matter most in public service. ASPA also offers quality programming for new professionals at national and regional conferences.


The Student and New Professional Summit takes place during ASPA's Annual Conference. The next Summit will take place in March 2017 in Atlanta at the 2017 Annual Conference. Presentations from the 2016 Summit can be accessed by clicking the links below.

Constructing an Experienced Resume
Bill Shields, ASPA

The Federal Job Search
Janice Lachance, Better Business Bureau Institute for Marketplace Trust

Interviewing Successfully and Understanding Compensation Packages
Alex Daman, University of Georgia

Modernizing PowerPoints and Visuals to Engage Your Audience
Stephanie Dolamore

Tools for Writing Excellent Papers
Patricia Shields, Texas State University

Managing the Tenure Track
Tina Nabatchi, Syracuse University

Steps to Academic Success and Finding an Academic Job
James Harrington, University of Texas at Dallas

Getting Published
Patricia Shields, Texas State University


The Young Scholars Workshop provides new scholars working in public policy, public administration and related fields with an academically rigorous platform for the presentation of research, scholarly exchange and social networking. The workshop is sponsored by ASPA and a host university.

The 5th International Young Scholars Workshop in Public Policy and Administration Research will be held in Cape Town, South Africa, July 20-23, 2016. This workshop aims to provide young scholars working in public policy, public administration and related subfields with an academically rigorous platform for the presentation of research and scholarly exchange. Research in all areas of public administration and policy are eligible, however the 2016 workshop will focus on research that advances understanding of global disparities in public policy, public administration, nongovernmental organizations and the communities they serve.

ASPA is pleased to partner with the Graduate School of Rutgers University at Newark and the Conference of Minority Public Administrators for this initiative.

Click here to make a donation and financially support our student programming.


ASPA’s signature program for students is the Founders’ Fellows Program. The program supports participation of 25 students at the Annual Conference and their development as future public administrators. Fellows receive complimentary registration to the Annual Conference, complimentary special event tickets and complimentary board at the conference hotel. They are given the opportunity to present at the conference, network with others in public administration and to mentor with an academic or practitioner in the field they plan on entering upon graduation. To complete an online application, please click here.


Congratulations to the 24 students who were selected as Founders' Fellows in 2016. These students presented research at the Annual Conference in Seattle and will be mentored by seasoned practitioners within ASPA throughout 2016.

Founders' Fellowships recognize outstanding students and new professionals in the field. Following a competitive review process, the Founders’ Fellows are selected to present their scholarship during the ASPA conference. They receive substantial professional development and networking opportunities, including mentoring by a seasoned scholar or practitioner. The 2016 ASPA Founders Fellows include an impressive group of 24 awardees from 14 states and three countries.

Karina Arias, Florida State University

Sebawit G. Bishu, Florida International University

Mohua Chatterjee, San Jose State University

Rashmi Chordiya, University of Texas at Dallas

Liudmila Dedushkina, Northern Illinois University

Mehmet Demircioglu, Indiana University-Bloomington

Meghan Doughty, American University

Kelvin Esiasa, University of Zambia

Michael R. Ford, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh

Sgt. Mark R. Landahl, Ph.D. Oklahoma State University & Frederick County, MD, Sheriff's Office

Carolyn Regennia Mattocks, Walden University

Sean Andrew McCandless, University of Colorado Denver

Geri Miller-Fox, University of Utah

Jason David Rivera, State University of New York, Buffalo State

Emefa Sewordor, Georgia State University

Ruowen Shen, Florida State University

Derek Ray Slagle, Florida Atlantic University

Minsun Song, Florida Atlantic University

Susanna L. Southworth, University of Utah

Muhammad Ammar Ahmed Suria, Lahore University of Management Sciences

Ashley Kay Taulbee, Morehead State University

Eva Thomann, Mannheim Centre for European Social Research

Jesus N. Valero, University of North Texas

Zachary Wurtzebach, Colorado State University


To read the 2014 Founders' Fellows research, click here.

To read the 2013 Founders' Forum Fellows research, click here.





ASPA’s Section for Women in Public Administration (SWPA) annually awards up to three $500.00 scholarships to students at the PhD or Master’s level or a Practitioner to help defray the costs associated with attending the ASPA Annual Conference. In addition to completing and submitting the SWPA Scholarship Application form, applicants must also submit a cover letter, vita or resume, and two letters of nomination/recommendation from relevant faculty, supervisors/managers, or ASPA chapter or section officers. The application period is now closed; it will reopen closer to the 2017 Annual Conference. 





The Walter W. Mode Scholarship is awarded out of a special fund named in honor of Walter W. Mode, the 30th National President of ASPA, with a distinguished record of public service at the federal and international levels. A $1,500 scholarship (when funds are available) is given each year for graduate study in public administration to a student who is an ASPA member and who demonstrates a commitment to a career in the public service. This scholarship is managed by the ASPA Endowment.