Become a Local Government Management Fellow

The application for the 2018 Local Government Management Fellowship is now closed.

The application for the 2018 Local Government Management Fellowship is now closed. 

2018 LGMF Timeline

  • Application Launched: September 18, 2017
  • Applilcation Closing: December 14, 2017, 11:59pm Eastern Time
  • Finalist Notice: Early February 2018
  • Interviews and Placement: February - August 2018

Students holding or earning a master's degree in public administration/management, public policy, public affairs, or related fields from an academic institution that is a member of the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration (visit NASPAA for a list of member schools) are eligible to apply for the fellowship. The degree will have been completed by late summer 2018. In some cases, degrees received prior to 2017 are acceptable. Candidates will be selected on the basis of their academic performance, demonstrated leadership potential, commitment to public service, communication skills, initiative, creativity, and positive attitude. The LGMF application includes general applicant data, work and education histories, academic transcripts, recommendations, and two essays. The majority of the application is completed online. If you have difficulty accessing the application, contact and refer to the Frequently Asked Questions page for other information. Please see the Application Information page in the right menu for more details.

If you have any questions or if your contact information changes, contact

What’s after the application?

ICMA will notify all applicants if they have been selected as a finalist in February 2018 once the Advisory Board submits results. Finalists' applications will be routed directly to host local governments for review. Local governments will contact finalists directly to schedule interviews, starting as early as February, but as late as April and May depending on when they sign-up to host. If you are contacted by a local government, it is strongly recommended that you prepare for the interview as you would for any other job opportunity. In general, fellowships begin in the summer/early fall (after graduation for current students) or at an alternative agreed-upon time by the fellow and the local government. We are continually recruiting host governments and will update the full list of available locations as they join the program. Hosts have joined as late as June in the past and still hired Fellows. You can check progress in host-recruiting any time online by selecting the LGMF Placement Regions link on the right menu.

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