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Pracademic Fellowship Program

Over the past several decades, there have been limited opportunities for faculty members in public management, public policy, and related fields to move between the academy and the world of practitioners. The Pracademic Fellowship Program, administered by the Centennial Center for Political Science and Public Affairs, is designed to create opportunities for mid-career faculty members to participate in the important experience of joining theory and practice.

Selected individuals will be placed in federal government agencies in the Washington, D.C. area. They will be assigned to work closely with a decision-maker involved in a program of their interest to get a first-hand vantage point of a decision-making environment. Participation in the Pracademic Fellowship Program will enable faculty members to bring an enhanced understanding of real-world management challenges to their research and instructional environment. Past efforts have been devised around faculty sabbatical opportunities.

About the 2017-2018 Fellowship

The fellowship experience may take place over the course of either one semester or a full year, likely beginning in January 2018.

Although the current federal environment is somewhat uncertain, there may be opportunities for individuals to find unique placements within the coming year that fit with the program goals and provide an opportunity for fellows to contribute expertise on institutions and bureaucracies to the host office. For instance, there may be targeted opportunities to work with specific projects not affected by the current federal environment, or to work with policy teams that are attempting to develop ways to better use research at the federal level. The Pracademic Fellowship Committee welcomes similar projects ideas that may be undertaken in 2018.

Faculty members from a range of departments and fields are eligible for the program, (e. g. faculty in political science departments, public administration, public management, public policy, federalism/IGR and related fields). The program is ideally suited for those applicants who are mid-career, likely at the associate professor level.

Fellowship funding is expected to come from a variety of sources -- sponsoring agencies, an APSA program, and potentially, sending institutions. Specific placement arrangements may be tailored to the individual candidates.

How to Apply

Applications for the Pracademic Fellowship Program should include the following:

  • A curriculum vitae
  • A two-page statement that includes information about how this experience would contribute to the applicant's teaching and research
  • An explanation of the relationship between the individual's research and the proposed experience
  • A summary of any initial conversations with a host agency, organization, or host individual
  • Two references (name and email contact info only)

Submit a 2017-2018 application

Extended Deadline: September 22, 2017

Contact Us

For questions about the Pracademic Program or the application process, please contact the Centennial Center for Political Science and Public Affairs at [email protected].

Donate now to Beryl Radin Pracademic Program Fund


More about the Fellowship

The Pracademic Fellowship program was inaugurated in spring 2016 with two participants.

Read more about their Pracademic experience at the Environmental Protection Agency in La Porte and Opp (2016). APSA Pracademic Fellowship: The Third Epoch: A Pracademic View of the EPA's Office of Policy. PS: Political Science & Politics, October 2016, 49(4), 923-926

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