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The Colorado Education Policy Fellowship Program 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 non-profit 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 ten-month program operates under the auspices of the School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado Denver. The program has been in operation in Colorado for 19 years, from 1978-1997, and re-established in 2012-13. We had 10 Fellows in 2012-13, 7 Fellows in 2013-14, and 6 Fellows in 2014-15.

Colorado is one of 14 states with an EPFP program; the state chapters work with the national EPFP office at the Institute for Educational Leadership.


Fellows chosen for 2016-17 will pay $1,400 for participation: $875 goes to IEL largely for the four-day national conference in April; $525 to the School of Public Affairs to pay for the 10-month program in Colorado.

The $1,400 will be paid by the Fellow’s sponsoring organization (in most cases, his or her employer). The sponsoring organization and/or the Fellow will also be required to cover the costs for travel and hotel for the four-day national conference in Washington, D.C.

The Colorado application may be downloaded from the Institute for Educational Leadership. Please contact Peter Huidekoper, EPFP Coordinator, at the email address below if you would like an application emailed to you or your candidate!

Peter Huidekoper
Colorado Education Policy Fellowship Program​


June 23 - EPFP application material distributed
July 14 - Applications sent to EPFP Coordinator
July 25 - Fellows notified of acceptance
Sept. TBD - Fellowship program begins (4:30-8:30 p.m. at CU Denver School
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