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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 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 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 20 years, from 1978-1997, and re-established in 2012-13. We have had nearly 40 Colorado EPFP Fellows -- roughly eight each year -- during these past five years.

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 2017-18 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 left-hand navigation on this page. 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 2 - EPFP application material distributed
July 7 - Applications sent to EPFP Coordinator
July 14 - Fellows notified of acceptance
Sept. TBD - Fellowship program begins (4:30-8:30 p.m. at CU Denver School
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