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2023 – 2024 DC EPFP – Apply now!

“I now better understand my leadership style and can apply that to my upward momentum in my career. I am also so much more informed about equity in education thanks to the virtual sessions and topics covered.”


The Education Policy Fellowship Program (EPFP™) is a nationally recognized fellowship program with the mission to engage a diverse and collaborative community of strategic leaders to promote equitable education policy. 

The Washington, D.C. Education Policy Fellowship Program (DC EPFP), IEL’s longest-running EPFP site, provides unparalleled opportunities for Fellows to deepen their leadership skills, their knowledge and application of public policy, and their professional network. 

The EPFP curriculum is guided by three strands – policy, leadership, and networking – and three corresponding goals: 

  • Leadership: Fellows are prepared to foster and facilitate conversation and collaboration to advance equity in education and to contribute to shifting power to those most impacted and historically marginalized by the policymaking process to lead these efforts. 
  • Policy: Fellows are prepared to analyze, evaluate, influence, and implement policy change, including structural reforms, to eliminate systemic barriers to access and opportunity in education. 
  • Networking: Fellows are prepared to deepen, expand, diversify, and leverage their networks to pursue policies at all levels-local, state, and federal-that will advance education equity. 

Throughout the program, Fellows will: 

  • meet in-person and learn from education leaders on contemporary  topics in education 
  • participate in virtual cross-site national programming 
  • attend the Washington Policy Seminar in the spring, the premier national education policy capstone conference 
  • design and present a policy project on an education topic of interest to demonstrate their application of key knowledge, skills, and leadership attributes 

*Please note that apart from the Washington Policy Seminar (WPS), all National EPFP programming is virtual. Portions of DC EPFP sessions will be made hybrid to allow for online participation. Fellows are expected to attend WPS as a capstone event.

Join an extensive DC-area network of more than 1,500 alumni—and the talented Fellows in the program—and capitalize on this incredible professional growth opportunity. This DC cohort is also accepting applications from prospective Fellows who live outside the DMV-area that do not reside in states with an existing EPFP site (click here to see all sites).

We are accepting applications August 1st 2023 – September 22nd 2023.

Access the 2023-2024 application here. 


  • Early Bird (through August 18th): $3,500
  • Regular price: $3,800

*please note that the program fee does not include travel and lodging associated with attending sessions and the Washington Policy Seminar


We look forward to receiving your application! For any questions, please contact us at

“I applied what I had learned from the EPFP, as well as leveraged my new EPFP network, to broaden my current role, earn a new salary and job title, and refine my future work goals.”

Recent DC EPFP Alumni Stories

    Raven DeRamus-Byers, Equity Specialist at DC Office of the State Superintendent of Education

    Dr. Marco Clark, Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Richard Wright Public Charter Schools
Ji Soo

Ji Soo Song, Digital Equity Advisor at U.S. Department of Education


Beatriz CejaDewey University, Senior Director to Institutional Service at the Office of Postsecondary Education, U.S. Department of Education



2023 – 2024 Program Structure:

  • 3 in-person, site-level sessions (plus opening retreat and graduation) – 24 hours
  • 7 online, national sessions (1 symposium, 2 modules, 2 webinars, 2 networking sessions) – 10 hours
  • 1 in-person national capstone (3-day Washington Policy Seminar) – 18 hours
  • Policy project independent/group work (up to 20 hours)

A Holistic Experience:

  • Hybrid (in-person will also have online accessibility)
  • National programming infused and a part of the site-level experience
    • Collaborative leadership
    • National education policy trends & issues
    • Federal policy
  • Modules used to guide Fellows through a policy project
  • Leadership and social capital building (networking) infused throughout
  • Individual sessions have DEI foundation, balancing evergreen and timely issues and resource

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