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.

Apply now for 2022-23!

The Public School Forum is now accepting applications for the 2022-23 NC EPFP Cohort!


EPFP Application
To apply for the 2022-23 NC EPFP Cohort, follow the link to the application below. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. The deadline to submit an application is July 31, 2022. Tuition for EPFP is $2950 and is paid by the individual’s sponsoring organization.
GEAR UP Funding
If your employer would like to request GEAR UP funding for EPFP, please use the NC EPFP Gear Up Funding Application to determine eligibility and apply. GEAR UP Funding is available to fellows in the following counties: Alleghany, Ashe, Burke, Clay, Graham, Madison, Swain, Watauga, Wilkes, and Yancey. Additionally, participants from the following Appalachian GEAR UP partner institutions are encouraged to apply:
  • Appalachian State University
  • Tri-County Community College
  • Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College
  • UNC Asheville
  • Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute
  • Western Piedmont Community College
  • Mayland Community College Wilkes Community College
  • Southwestern Community College

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 Fox, Senior Director of Policy, at with any questions.

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