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Lead For America Fellowship



Lead for America is a nonpartisan fellowship program that selects, trains, and places our nation's most promising young leaders interested in a life of civic service in two-year paid fellowships in local governments as a means of strengthening America's public institutions, transforming our local communities, and cultivating a new generation of transformational public service leaders. All backgrounds, experiences and skills can help Fellows be effective during their two years and beyond. That being said, there are a few things we look for in every Fellow. Integrity. Humility. A deep commitment to a life of public service and to a community. A willingness to learn and co-create the Fellowship experience with us. A genuine excitement for being part of a much larger movement.

Over the course of the two years, LFA Fellows will gain a new perspective and appreciation for local government, understand the most pressing issues facing our communities, be equipped with tools to enact communal and systemic change, establish relationships with partner universities and organizations, and gain opportunities to engage with a growing alumni network of passionate leaders, who together will continue to serve as transformational public service leaders in communities across the nation.

Fellows learn important public administration and leadership skills at our five-week Summer Institute, earn graduate credits towards a Masters in Public Administration, are matched with positions through our vetted local government partners, and work for two-years as full-time, paid employees.

Hometown Fellows are placed in their home communities, LFNC Fellows are placed in North Carolina. We give preference to applicants who want to return to their hometown or region. Folks who have earned or are in the process of earning graduate degrees may apply for the Fellowship so long as they earned their bachelor's degree no earlier than 3 years before their Fellowship start date. Applicants who are in the middle of a graduate degree program must be prepared to take a two-year sabbatical from their graduate studies to participate in Lead for America.


Eligiblity Information

Academic Level:
Senior, Masters

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Open to All Disciplines

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Amount varies
Other: Paid full-time position


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Lead For America


Contact Information:

Primary Contact:
Main Office





Lead For America, PO Box 56
Dodge City, KS 67801