2019 Founders' Fellows


Headed into its 15th year, ASPA's Founders' Fellows program supports the next generation of public service leaders through a series of professional development opportunities. The Fellows attend and present at the Annual Conference on a subject matter paper on an issue related to their scholarship or work, which is also published in PA TIMES Online if they wish.

Open to graduate students as well as new professionals in the first three years of their public service career, this program is geared toward accelerating careers of promising, rising stars in the discipline. This is ASPA's most competitive Fellowship program of the year and provides results that could last throughout your career.

"The Founders' Fellows experience has given me an unrivaled opportunity to build strong relationships in public administration. Our diverse backgrounds paved the way for a beneficial dialogue and outstanding exchange of ideas."
 - Ana-Maria Dimand, Florida International University, 2018 Founders' Fellow and 2019-2020 ASPA Student Representative

2022 Founders' Fellows Program

ASPA will launch the call for nominations for its 2022 Founders' Fellows program in mid-October. If you are interested in submitting a proposal for the conference as well as a nomination form for the Founders' Fellows program, please submit your proposal by the October 29 deadline. ASPA staff will ensure those accepted for the Founders' Fellows program are placed within the conference program appropriately later this fall. Please contact us with any questions.


2021 Founders' Fellows Program

ASPA is pleased to announce we have announced the 2021 Class of Founders' Fellows! View the list online here  and plan to join us for the 2021 Annual Conference to support their research!


Support the Founders' Fellows Program

Are you or your university interested in supporting this year's class of Founders' Fellows? Contact us to find out more!

Thank you to the following individuals and organizations whose generous support makes the Founders’ Fellows program a success. Asterisks (*) denote past Fellows who have donated in support of the program.

ASPA Cascade Chapter
ASPA Lowcountry Chapter
ASPA National Capital Area Chapter
ASPA Section on Emergency and Crisis Management (SECM)
ASPA Section on Intergovernmental Administration and Management (SIAM)
ASPA Section on Nonprofits (SNP)
ASPA Section on Personnel Administration and Labor Relations (SPALR)
ASPA Section on Public Administration Education (SPAE)
ASPA Southern California Area Chapter
Sebawit Bishu*
Christopher Tyler Burks*
NakHyeok Choi*
Mehmet Akif Demircioglu*
Ana-Maria Dimand*
Rachel Emas*
Andrea Headley*
Kim Hoffman
Tyresa Jackson
Vaiva Kalesnikaite*
Alan Kennedy*
Claire Knox*
Midwest Public Affairs Conference (MPAC)
Judy Millesen
Yali Pang
Pooja Paswan*
Evelyn Rodriguez-Plesa*
Steve Rolandi
Bill Shields, Jr.
Southeastern Conference for Public Administration (SECoPA)
Christina Stanica
Kendra Stewart
Anne Swafford
Maren Trochmann*
University of Colorado Denver
Shahrin Upoma*
West Chester University

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    "I think the program is an excellent way to link practitioners and academics, which I feel is one of the most important aspects of ASPA."
     - Peter Federman, University of Kansas, 2015 Founders' Fellow