Blog Post | June 27, 2024

Applications Open for TICAS Fellowship Empowering Future Higher Education Policy Leaders

Applications open today for TICAS’ new Higher Education Policy Fellowship Program, designed to empower future higher education policy leaders. The fellowship aims to expose graduate students and professionals in higher education to the federal policy field, equipping them with the knowledge and skills necessary to become influential leaders in higher education policy.

Applicants should be currently enrolled in a graduate level programs with a demonstrated interest in higher education policy or be a higher education practitioner with an interest in federal policy. Applicants should also have attended a community college, HBCU, TCU, HSI, or another MSI. The application period closes July 31, 2024.

More Information:

Objective: The Institute for College Access & Success (TICAS) Higher Education Policy Fellowship Program aims to expose graduate students and professionals in higher education to the federal policy field, equipping them with the knowledge and skills necessary to become influential leaders in higher education policy. TICAS seeks to achieve the following:

  • Equip fellows with foundational knowledge and practical insights into the workings of federal education policy.
  • Provide real-world experience in policy analysis, development, and implementation.
  • Foster fellows’ professional networks and engagement with thought leaders and peers in the policy community.

Program Overview: This fellowship provides graduate students and higher education professionals who attended a community college, Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs), Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs), Tribal Colleges & Universities (TCUs) and other Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) with a comprehensive introduction to federal higher education policy and networking opportunities with key policymakers, advocates, and experts in the field. Fellows will engage in a structured curriculum designed to deepen their understanding of policy development, implementation, and advocacy.

Key Components

  • Policy Workshops and Seminars: Interactive virtual sessions led by experienced policymakers, researchers, and advocates covering a range of topics including education legislation, regulatory processes, and current policy issues.
  • Opportunities to network with higher education policy advocates, leaders and policymakers (virtually and in-person, Washington, DC)
  • At the conclusion of the fellowship, fellows will give presentations highlighting their experience, lessons learned and practical applications of the acquired knowledge.

Eligibility: Open to the following groups

  • Graduate students enrolled in higher education programs (Master’s or Doctoral level) with a demonstrated interest in higher education policy.
  • Higher education practitioners with an interest working in federal policy.
  • Candidates should have attended a community college, HBCU, TCU, HSI, or another MSI.

Schedule Overview

  • July – Applications and Review
  • August – Selections
  • September – Virtual Introductory Session (Zoom)
  • October – Fellows gather in-person in Washington, DC at TICAS Comprehensive Approaches to Student Success (CASS) Convening October 23-24, 2024
  • November – Online Session
  • January – Online Session
  • February – Online Session
  • March – Final Fellowship Event In-person in Washington, DC

Application Process

  • Submit an online application including a resume, personal statement, and two professional references.
  • Applications must be submitted by July 31, 2024.
  • Applicants will be evaluated based on their academic achievements, relevant experience, and passion for education policy.

Benefits

  • Fellows receive covered travel expenses for two convenings in Washington, DC during the fellowship.
  • Gain invaluable experience and skills to advance careers in education policy.
  • Establish connections and that can open doors to future roles in federal agencies, think tanks, and advocacy organizations.

For more information, please contact: Angelica Gutierrez, TICAS Senior Policy Associate at agutierrez@ticas.org