Massachusetts Education Policy Fellowship Program (EPFP)

Massachusetts EPFP is a professional development program for individuals who seek to enhance their knowledge and develop their skills in leadership and public policy. The program in Massachusetts has been preparing leaders and policymakers in education and human services since 1964.

The ten-month program is organized around three major elements that shape the EPFP experience for fellows:

  • Leadership: Through the EPFP experience, fellows learn about their own leadership style as well as models of leadership prominent in the education and human services fields. A primary goal of the program is to help fellows become more effective leaders in their workplace and to develop the skills to advance effective policies.
  • Public Policy: Fellows gain an understanding of the public policy process at the local, state, and national levels. The emphasis is on the entire education continuum from birth through college and career success with discussion of both in-school and out-of-school factors. Fellows emerge from the program with a better understanding of how the policy process works within their particular state context as well as how they can impact policymaking.
  • Building Professional Networks: Fellows have numerous opportunities to connect with other EPFP participants and alumni in Massachusetts and beyond. The networking connections fellows develop are an important part of the learning process and can also facilitate career advancement.


Massachusetts EPFP offers a unique opportunity for individuals interested in education to engage in discussions and activities focused on important leadership and policy issues. The core of the program is a series of monthly seminars featuring an impressive array of guest speakers who lead discussions on their areas of expertise in leadership and public policy. However, fellows also engage in a variety of other learning experiences throughout the year. The program begins in the fall with a retreat that promotes team-building and offers a chance for fellows to reflect on their personal leadership styles. A two-day tour of Massachusetts civil rights history offers fellows a chance to reflect on the roots of the current education system and efforts that have been made over time to advance equity in that system. An outing to Beacon Hill allows fellows to delve more deeply into the state policy-making process.

Participants also have the chance to look beyond the Massachusetts context during a spring visit to Washington, D.C., which offers opportunities to hear from experts in the field of federal education policy. 



EPFP fellows are typically sponsored by their employers, who play an important role in the success of the program. Participation in EPFP benefits sponsors by exposing employees to networking opportunities and significant professional development experiences. Sponsors typically pay program fees and travel costs, as outlined below, and facilitate attendance by fellows at seminars and national conferences.

The anticipated costs for the 2021-22 year are as follows:

$3,200 Program fee
$1,000 Estimated travel & lodging expenses [note that the actual amount may be lower than this estimate, depending on the availability of in-person events as well as your travel plans and preferences]

Application Process

Massachusetts EPFP selects up to 30 fellows each year to participate in the program. Bringing in fellows from a wide range of backgrounds and professional experiences enriches discussions and facilitates career development; therefore, applicants from a wide range of education-related positions are encouraged to apply. Successful applicants typically have some experience in the education field and are interested in expanding their leadership and policy knowledge and skills. 

Applications for the 2021-22 EPFP cohort are now closed. If you are interested in receiving a copy of next year's application when it is released in the spring of 2022, please contact Laura Dziorny, Deputy Director for the Rennie Center.