To complete and submit an application, please fill out the application form and attach the following documents:

  • A resume that includes your work and education experience and three references
  • A signed supervisor endorsement form (electronic signatures accepted) [LINK]
  • Short essay responses to the following 2 questions. Maximum of one page per question, double-spaced, with 12-point font.

          *California EPFP brings together cohorts of education professionals to explore critical issues in public education. Our curriculum focuses on connecting 1) K-12 and higher education and 2) state policy development and implementation. What do you hope to achieve through your participation in CA EPFP? What interests you most with regard to our areas of focus?

         *Please describe one major policy issue facing education about which you are concerned or could use support (which can include issues arising from the current pandemic).

  • If you are requesting a scholarship to cover the program fee of $425, please also include a statement from your organization describing its professional development policies and the need for a scholarship.

You are encouraged to apply if:

  1. You have a long-term interest in developing and implementing policy that promotes equitable student success.
  2. Your work record in K-12, higher education, and/or education policymaking demonstrates your strong leadership potential.
  3. You want to expand your network in California and across the nation to accomplish your professional goals.
  4. You have a bachelor’s degree and a full-time professional position with applicable work experience.
  5. You have the endorsement of your employing organization.

California EPFP is looking for individuals from around the state who represent K-12 and higher education, policymaking, research, and the non-profit community. We are not currently accepting applicants from philanthropy.

Program Cost

Financial support from the State of California and generous philanthropic grants cover most of the California program costs, which include curriculum development, materials, and travel/accommodations for participants and program staff at seminars. California EPFP Fellows typically pay a program fee of $875; due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are lowering the fee to $425 for 2020-21.

Full or partial scholarships to cover the program fee are available to Fellows whose employers are unable to pay. Our goal is that no deserving applicant be unable to participate due to financial limitations. We will notify applicants of their scholarship amount upon acceptance into the program.

If there are any questions regarding the application process, please reach out to


 *Applications are open now until July 8, 2020

California EPFP 2020–21

Seminar 1: Multi-session online format (dates and times TBD)

Seminar 2: February 4-6, 2021 (Kellogg West, Pomona)

Washington Policy Seminar (optional): March 21-24, 2021 (Washington DC)

Seminar 3: April 30 – May 2, 2021 (Granlibakken, Tahoe)

*Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the travel restrictions that remain in place for many state and school district employees, our fall seminar will be online. We will notify applicants of fall dates and times on July 9. The spring seminars and WPS dates are tentative; the format and timing will depend on the guidelines and restrictions in place as we move forward through next year.

For more information, contact:
Terra Thorne, California EPFP Director


Current Fellows