Education Policy Fellowship Program

NC EPFP has graduated over 800 Fellows and has a rich network of alumni in North Carolina and nationally. North Carolina’s program is one of 17 EPFP programs nationally, administered through the Institute for Educational Leadership in Washington, D.C. The North Carolina program is routinely held up as an example for its strong curriculum, growing network of Fellows, and wide reach in North Carolina.The North Carolina Education Policy Fellowship Program is the only statewide program of its kind that focuses on leadership and professional development in the context of education policy. Each new class continues the trend of high caliber participants and is rich in its members’ range of experiences, both professionally and personally. Fellows come from public schools, higher education, community colleges, state agencies, and a diverse array of education organizations across North Carolina. Each class includes a cohort of Fellows who focus on education policy issues and the wide range of factors that influence education in North Carolina. The program is designed for Fellows to learn about issues and perspectives in education that they don’t always encounter in their daily work so that they can be more informed, rounded contributors to the critical education debates that shape the quality and focus of schools. Fellows increase their awareness of how public policy is made, learn whom the key players are in the formation of this policy, and become more confident and involved in the policy-making process. Leadership development is a key focus of the Education Policy Fellowship Program.

NC EPFP includes both an EPFP Central and EPFP West cohort. A program overview and tuition information for EPFP Central applicants can be found here. EPFP West is made possible through a GEAR UP grant and is open to those who live or work in the following counties: Alleghany, Ashe, Burke, Clay, Graham, Madison, Rutherford, Swain, Watauga, Wilkes, and Yancey.

We are no longer accepting applications for the 2018-19 Cohort. Please contact Lauren Bock, Director of Policy & Programs, at with any questions.

View the 2018-19 NC EPFP Tentative Schedule below.

Program Session

Location Date(s)
Fall Retreat Raleigh, NC October 1-2, 2018
Fall Meetings Raleigh, NC for Central Cohort & Boone, NC for West Cohort Two evenings in October and November for Central Cohort. Exact dates will be determined based on presenter availability. November 9, 2018 for West Cohort.
Winter Retreat Boone, NC December 6-7, 2018
Winter Meetings Raleigh, NC for Central Cohort & Virtual Sessions for West Cohort Two evenings in January and February. Exact dates will be determined based on presenter availability.
Washington Policy Seminar Washington, DC March 13-16, 2019
Spring Retreat Raleigh, NC

April 2019

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