NEW! Equity & Inclusion Undergraduate Fellowship
Since 2016, we have offered the Equity & Inclusion Student Fellowship to over 200 underrepresented student members. In 2021, the program was expanded to included to included young professionals and in 2022, we are expanding the Equity & Inclusion Fellowship Program to include undergraduate students! We hope to introduce the field of public policy to undergraduates, who might not otherwise be familiar with it, as well as increase the pipeline of diverse students into APPAM institutional member graduate public policy and public affairs schools.
What is Public Policy?
Public policy is the professional field of government programs, laws, and regulations designed to address societal problems. Public policy helps communities address complex challenges such as inequality, crime, educational disparities, climate change adaptation, and homelessness. Public policy is also the study of the harms and unintended consequences created by government actions. Within public policy, students study budgeting, management, economics, and quantitative analysis and evaluation. People who study public policy find work at universities, local, state, and federal government agencies, advocacy organizations, and consulting firms. Earning a public policy degree can open the door to many different career paths.
Equity & Inclusion Student Fellowship
In an effort to encourage participation by underrepresented students in APPAM and its activities, the Policy Council and APPAM’s Diversity Committee created the ‘APPAM Equity & Inclusion Fellowship’ in April 2016.The recipients will be celebrated at our Annual Fall Research Conference in Washington D.C. this November.
The fellowship supports the travel and participation of up to 40 students from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds at the APPAM Fall Research Conference. While at the conference, the fellowship recipients will have the opportunity to formally network with each other and with members of the Policy Council and Diversity Committee, recognizing them, their accomplishments and bright futures. They will also have many opportunities to informally network with other students and professionals during the conference. The goal of this fellowship program is to introduce recipients to the world of public policy and APPAM, and foster a lifelong affiliation and engagement with both.
Equity & Inclusion Young Professional Fellowship
New in 2021, APPAM is expanding the Fellowship to support young professionals.
The APPAM Equity & Inclusion Young Professional Fellowship will support up 8 young professionals from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds at the APPAM Fall Research Conference. Applicants must be within 5 years of receiving their Masters or PhD Degrees. The recipients will be recognized for their accomplishments and will also have opportunities to formally network with each other, Student Equity and Inclusion Fellowship Recipients and with members of the Policy Council and Diversity Committee. They will also have many opportunities to informally network with other students and professionals during the conference.