Colorado Education Policy Fellowship Program

The Colorado Education Policy Fellowship Program (EPFP) is built on the belief that rising leaders in education policy need the support of strong networks in order to strengthen their leadership skills and deepen their knowledge of the field. EPFP provides professional development for early- to mid-career professionals who work full-time in education, health and human services, public, private and nonprofit sectors, business and communities.

The Fellows are a small, select group who attend panel discussions, dinners and networking events together. Fellows also attend the Washington Policy Seminar, put on by the Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL) in Washington, D.C., an incredible opportunity to meet leaders in education from across the country.

The 10-month program operates under the auspices of CU Denver School of Public Affairs. The program has been in operation in Colorado for 20 years, from 1978-1997, and re-established in 2012-13.

Colorado is one of 17 states with an EPFP program; the state chapters work with the national EPFP office at the Institute for Educational Leadership. Learn more about the IEL's Colorado program.


Costs, which are paid by the Fellow's sponsoring organization, include participation in the 10-month program and a fee to IEL for registration for the four-day national conference in Washington, D.C. The sponsoring organization and/or the Fellow will cover the costs for travel and hotel for the conference.

Cost information will be updated soon.

Application and Selection Timeline
  • June: EPFP application material distributed
  • July: Completed applications due to EPFP Coordinator
  • July: Fellows notified of acceptance
  • September: Fellowship program begins at CU Denver School of Public Affairs

2019-20 application materials will be posted soon.


Peter Huidekoper
Colorado Education Policy Fellowship Program‚Äč