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Applying to Be a Michigan Political Leadership Program Fellow – A Program at Michigan State University 

The Michigan Political Leadership Program (MPLP) provides 24 annual fellowships. Fellowships are valued to cost at least $12,000 each. The program pays for training for individuals – equally divided among men and women, Democrats and Republicans, in public policy analysis and process, personal leadership development, effective governance, political campaign management, ethics, bipartisanship and public service.

Launched in 1992, MPLP is the only multi-partisan leadership program in Michigan. It is one of only a handful in the nation. MPLP now has trained more than 600 men and women.

At least one half of MPLP’s graduates serve or have served in elected or appointed public office. MPLP’s graduates include a former Mayor of Detroit, a former Speaker of the House, a current House Minority Leader, a dozen State Legislative House and Senate members, scores of village, township and statewide officers and administrators. Declared candidates for a specific office or those who explicitly signal a run for a specific office by opening a new campaign bank account or filing paperwork will be ineligible for our program during their campaign.

Applications available now

Download MPLP Application

Download MPLP FAQ's

Contact Administrator Linda Cleary by email ( or phone (517-353-0891) for more information.

MPLP Qualifications

  • Dedication to sound public policy
  • Desire to enhance leadership skills to serve
  • Interest in running for public office
  • Desire to participate in political process
  • Experience in local community activities and electoral politics
  • Willingness to learn and explore different points of view


  • Applications due on Friday, Sept. 28, 2018
  • Interviews October and November
  • Fellows selected in December
  • Fellowship training runs 10 months to festive graduation