Education Policy Fellowship Program

Educational Policy Fellowship Program

"I applied to the Education Policy Fellowship Program (EPFP) because I saw it as an opportunity to break the communication barrier between policymakers and educators. Policymakers and educators should have opportunities to work closely together to discuss current educational concerns. This collaborative effort will ensure that important needs are addressed, proposed outcomes are understood, and laws are implemented with integrity and fidelity."
—Melanie Wells, 17-18 Fellow


The Mississippi Education Policy Fellowship Program (EPFP) is a year-long program co-sponsored by the Office of Research and Economic Development and Research and Curriculum Unit at Mississippi State University, and the Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL) in Washington, DC, that convenes education stakeholders from around the country to discuss education policy and cultivate a national network of education leaders.

The program is available to professionals who have a direct interest in education policy and advocacy. This includes but is not limited to teachers, principals, superintendents, state education agency representatives, and higher education professionals. In addition, individuals from community-based and business organizations, individuals who work in social service agencies, and military personnel are encouraged to apply.

Mississippi EPFP provides emerging leaders in education and related fields with the knowledge and networks to advance the core issues of education policy. The program is a critical resource for individuals, organizations, and the state to increase knowledge about education policy and links between policy and practice.

Over a nine-month commitment, fellows concentrate on three program strands: public policy, leadership, and professional networking. Fellows remain in their full-time positions and use their environment as the context for examining important leadership and policy issues in Mississippi.

Fellows learn about specific policy issues, policymaking, and implementation processes; the intersections of local, state, and national policies; and how effective leaders function in the policy environment. Participation in the EPFP opens doors for fellows to network and collaborate with statewide and national education leaders. Upon program completion, fellows gain access to a rich, national alumni network.

Meetings are held monthly in Jackson, MS. The program brings fellows and ideas together through a variety of onsite learning activities designed to create a personal development laboratory for applying new insights and cultivating new skills. Participants will hear and discuss education policy with respected policymakers from across the state and nation. At the end of the year, fellows will be better informed and more skillful advocates for sound public policy.

Program Costs
Tuition: $2500*
Hotel, Meals, Flight for WPS: $1,500 (estimated)
TOTAL: Approximately $4,000

*covers administrative and meeting costs, including meals, materials, and activities at all monthly meetings in Jackson

Contact Information:

All Mississippi EPFP questions and comments can be directed to


Space is limited, so apply early!

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To apply, please submit a completed application to Submissions are being accepted through August 10, 2018. Fellows selected for the 2018-2019 Mississippi cohort will be notified by August 15, 2018.

2018-2019 Mississippi EPFP cohort

The 2018-2019 cohort will meet the following dates, subject to change:

  • September 12-13 (Opening Retreat)
  • October 17
  • November 14
  • December 5
  • January 16
  • February 13
  • March 13-16 (Washington Policy Seminar)
  • April 10
  • May 8 (Graduation)
"I had high expectations going into the Mississippi EPFP cohort and the program exceeded those expectations. I felt like I was part of a collegial family of peers expanding my knowledge of local, state, and national education issues while also working for the advancement of Mississippi State University. I'm proud to be an EPFP fellow. I highly recommend this enriching and challenging program."
- Michael Black, 16-17 Fellow

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Brad Skelton
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