2019 Founders' Fellows


Headed into its 16th 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

2023 Founders' Fellows Program

ASPA is now accepting applications for the 2023 class of Founders' Fellows. Geared toward accelerating careers of young public administrators, doctoral students and new researchers, this is ASPA's most competitive Fellowship program of the year and provides results that could last throughout your career.

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All applications are due November 28, 2022. Fellows receive the following benefits:

  • Guaranteed acceptance to present their research as part of ASPA's 2023 Annual Conference, online March 20-24, including complimentary registration
  • A year-long mentorship with a senior mentor in the discipline, matched with each Fellow based on academic and professional interests
  • Tailored professional improvement webinars that address their specific educational and professional needs

Candidates must be ASPA members in good standing and submit a letter of recommendation from an ASPA member in good standing to qualify for the program.

A completed application will include:

  • Contact information and relevant biographical details
  • An outline of career and research interests
  • A resume or curriculum vitae
  • A personal statement
  • An analytical essay (details are provided within the application form)
  • A letter of recommendation from your nominator, who must be an ASPA member

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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