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National Early Childhood Policy Fellowship Program


In collaboration with the Early Childhood Policy in Institutes of Higher Education, we are pleased to announce dedicated funding for students enrolled in the Leadership for Early Childhood Policy Certificate program. This initiative is designed to support students who self-identify as belonging to underrepresented groups and have an interest in working in the area of early childhood and family policy.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Active enrollment in the Leadership for Early Childhood Policy Certificate program.

  • A commitment to complete the certificate and help support policy development in the emerging field of Early Childhood and Family Policy.

  • Self-identification as belonging to an underrepresented group within the academic and professional realms of early childhood and family policy.

Funding Objectives

Awards will be allocated starting Spring 2024. Funds are provided by the Early Childhood Policy in Institutions of Higher Education - Fellowships program and the Early Childhood Research and Development Initiative.  Funds can be used to assist with a variety of academic-related expenses, including but not limited to tuition, textbooks, course materials, child care during courses, technology for online learning, travel to field sites, and professional conference attendance. Awards will range from $500 to $1000.

Application Process

Applicants are required to submit a statement of professional objectives, and a personal statement. In the personal statement, candidates should reflect on how their unique experiences and perspectives as members of underrepresented groups have influenced their pursuit of a career in early childhood policy.


For the purpose of this funding opportunity, "underrepresented" encompasses a broad range of experiences and backgrounds, including but not limited to, racial and ethnic minorities, first-generation college students, students with disabilities, veterans, and individuals from rural areas. 


Recognizing the unique challenges and perspectives brought by students from underrepresented groups, we encourage applicants who believe their background and experiences contribute to the diversity of thought and experience in the early childhood policy development process to apply.


Information should be submitted to Beth Rous, Graduate Certificate Director at

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