2024-25 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 sessions one through four and six throughout the academic year in order to complete the program. By submitting your application, you are committing to attending all five sessions, so please ensure your availability in advance of applying. Attendance to the IEL-hosted 5th session in Washington DC is strongly encouraged. The two in-person sessions in Sacramento will require out-of-town travel beginning on a Thursday and ending on a Saturday. 

The virtual, Zoom-hosted sessions will require availability from 11:00am-1:00pm on scheduled Thursdays and Fridays.

  • Session 1 – October 3-5, 2024 (in-person)
  • Session 2 – November 14-15, 2024 (virtual) 
  • Session 3 – January 16-17, 2025  (virtual) 
  • Session 4 – March 6-7, 2025  (virtual) 
  • Session 5 IEL-Hosted – Washington DC (date TBA)
  • Session 6 – April 24-26, 2025 (in-person)


The program fee is approximately $745 (program fee/Washington DC coverage) 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 may be 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 open from Wednesday, July 3 to Wednesday, July 31.

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