Education Policy Fellowship Program

The Education Policy Fellowship Program (EPFP) is a nationally recognized fellowship program that engages a diverse and collaborative community of strategic leaders to promote equitable education policy.

North Carolina’s Education Policy Fellowship Program (NC EPFP) is one of 17 EPFP programs nationally administered through the Institute for Educational Leadership in Washington, D.C. NC EPFP has graduated over 800 Fellows and has a rich network of alumni in North Carolina and nationally. North Carolina’s program is routinely held up as an example for its strong curriculum, growing network of Fellows, and statewide reach.

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.

The program is designed for Fellows to learn about education policy issues and perspectives that they don’t typically encounter in their daily work so that they can be more informed, rounded contributors to the critical debates that shape education in NC and beyond. Fellows increase their awareness of how public policy is made, learn whom the key players are, and become more confident and involved in the policy-making process. Policy, leadership development, and networking are the three key focuses of the Education Policy Fellowship Program.

How to Apply

The Public School Forum is now accepting applications for the 2019-20 NC EPFP Cohort! NC EPFP includes both an EPFP Central and EPFP West cohort.


To apply for the 2019-20 NC EPFP West Cohort, download the 2019-20 NC EPFP West Application below. EPFP West Applications are due June 30, 2019. EPFP West is made possible by a Gear Up Grant for the following counties: Alleghany, Ashe, Burke, Clay, Graham, Madison, Rutherford, Swain, Watauga, Wilkes, and Yancey. 
EPFP Central
To apply for the 2019-20 NC EPFP Central Cohort, download the 2019-20 NC EPFP Central Application below. EPFP Central Applications are due June 30, 2019. Tuition for EPFP Central is $2950 and is paid by the individual’s sponsor organization.

More Information

An EPFP brochure, program overview, and tentative schedule are below for those interested in applying for next year’s cohort. Please contact Lauren Bock, Director of Policy & Programs, at with any questions.

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