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Fellowship Information

The Michigan Political Leadership Program (MPLP) at Michigan State University (MSU) is distinguished as one of only a handful of multi-partisan leadership training programs in the nation. Graduates take with them the knowledge and skills needed to make sound public policy decisions and to be effective leaders of the future. Applications are sought from individuals who are interested in enhancing their leadership and political skills in order to better serve communities, constituencies, or causes. The program is administered and supported by MSU's Institute for Public Policy and Social Research in the College of Social Science.

Annually, a diverse group of 24 individuals are awarded the opportunity to participate in a hands-on curriculum that incorporates personal leadership development, public policy process and analysis, governance, and campaigning. Practical skills training are emphasized. Fellows participate in team and coalition-building activities to foster communication and the exchange of ideas. The MPLP faculty is comprised of elected officials, political activists, MSU faculty, media, and business professionals from across Michigan.

Considerable financial resources and time are donated to support each fellowship, valued at approximately $12,000. The fellowship covers the participants' lodging, meals and program costs, however, accepted Fellows are asked to pay an administrative fee of $1,500 to participate in this program. Travel and parking expenses are the responsibility of the participant.

Applicant Requirements 

  • Must be at least 21 years of age
  • Must be a registered voter in the state of Michigan
  • Must be available to attend all 10 weekend sessions (program dates will be available by October 1st, 2024)
  • Must not be running/campaigning for political office in same year of applying for program
  • Deadline is September 27th 2024

Applicant Qualifications 

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

Application Process 

- Complete online form below.
- Complete required documents:

  • Resume. Please include current or past political activity, involvement in community organizations and current positions on any boards or committees
  • Personal Goals statement – articulate your personal goals including the political activity you wish to pursue. Discuss highlights of recent leadership responsibilities and achievements: what was/were the greatest challenges and what steps did you take to overcome them. What do you hope to gain by participating in MPLP?
  • Public Policy issue – describe an issue that you believe needs attention and why this issue is important to you.
  • Two letters of recommendation – these should describe why you have potential as a future leader or your potential to improve upon your current leadership position.

Apply for MPLP

First Name :

Last Name :

Email :

Address :

City :

County :

Zip :

Phone :

Ethnicity :

Employer :

Employer Phone :

Position :

Political Party :

Do you hold political office?

If yes, which office :

(MPLP does not accept applications from those who are running for office during their Fellowship year)

Do you aspire to run for office?

If yes, which office :

Are you at least 21 years of age?

Are you a registered Michigan Voter?

How did you hear about MPLP?

Have you previously applied to MPLP?

MPLP Class Applying For :

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