2023-24 Program


Who Should Apply


  • Individuals who have demonstrated long-term interest in developing and implementing policy that affects student success.
  • Individuals who have demonstrated interest in promoting education equity and racial and social justice.
  • Individuals who demonstrate strong leadership potential through their work in K-12, higher education, and/or education policymaking.
  • Individuals with a desire to expand their network in California and across the nation to accomplish their professional goals.
  • Individuals with a bachelor’s/graduate degree, a full-time professional position, and demonstrated work experience.

Requirements and Expectations


California EPFP participants are required to attend all six sessions throughout the academic year in order to complete the program. By submitting your application, you are committing to attending all sessions, so please ensure your availability in advance of applying. The two in-person sessions in Sacramento will require out-of-town travel beginning on a Thursday and ending on a Saturday.

Session 1 | October 19-21, 2023 in Sacramento, CA (in-person)

Session 2 | November 8-9, 2023 in Zoom (virtual) 

Session 3 | January 11-12, 2024 in Zoom (virtual)

Session 4 | February 8-9, 2024 in Zoom (virtual)

Session 5 | March 18-20, 2024 in Washington, DC (in-person)

Session 6 | April 25-27, 2024 in Sacramento, CA (in-person)



The program fee is approximately $975 and can be paid by the fellow or their employer. Funding from the State of California and philanthropic grants cover most of the annual program costs for participants, including transportation, meals, and lodging for the two in-person sessions in Sacramento. However, participants are expected to cover their own costs for travel and accommodations in Washington, DC (requesting monetary sponsorship from employers is encouraged).



Full or partial scholarships to cover the program fee and/or travel expenses to attend the session in Washington, DC are available to participants who cannot pay on their own or through employer sponsorship. Our goal is that no deserving applicant be unable to participate due to financial limitations. To be considered for a full or partial scholarship to cover these expenses, applicants must provide a statement describing their organization’s policy on funding professional development, as well as any other relevant information. Upon acceptance into the program, applicants will be notified about their scholarship award.



Applications for the 2023-24 program are now closed.
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