Admissions Process

The fellowship program is designed to accommodate military professionals having attained the grade of 0-5/0-6, FBI special agents and intelligence analysts,  CIA officers and intelligence analysts, mid-grade State Department employees, and other select members of the executive branch who demonstrate potential for future leadership opportunities and who have an overall strong record of performance.   Preferably, candidates will have been awarded a graduate degree, but this is not a requirement.

Agencies and organizations conduct internal selection processes to nominate candidates for the Fellowship.  Nomination packages should be submitted to the Executive Director of the Fellowship program no later than the first week in March for matriculation in August.  Agencies nominating a candidate should provide a letter of endorsement from the organization, a resume, and a personal statement from the nominee (1000-1500 words long) containing the reasons the nominee wants to enroll in the program, how the experience fits into the nominee’s career goals, and the nominee’s research interest.  A committee of Sanford School of Public Policy faculty will make the final admission determination.  Once approved by the committee, Fellows are contacted and assisted with all aspects of participation (lodging, scheduling, orientation, mentoring).