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 teaching and research. 


About the Fellowship

Who is the Pracademic Fellowship for? 

The program is open to faculty members in political science, public management, public policy, public administration, and related fields who are interested in engaging with the world of practitioners.

In the past, fellowship residencies have overlapped with faculty sabbatical opportunities, making the program particularly well-suited to mid-career faculty.

How long is a Pracademic Fellow's residence? 

The Pracademic Fellowship Program has a flexible start date and duration, which can work around the needs of the fellow and their placement agency. Typical fellowships last between one semester and one year. 2019 fellows may begin their residence in January, over the summer, or in the Fall.

How are fellows placed?

The Pracademic Fellowship Committee works with fellows to secure placement in an agency of interest to them. Applicants should identify which agency or agencies they are interested in working with, and on which policy or program areas, in their applications. Applicants are also encouraged to make contact with potential host agencies to gauge interest in hosting a Pracademic Fellow. Applicants who have made initial contact with a potential host agency are encouraged to include that information in their application. If you have any questions about placement or how to initiate contact with an agency, please contact the Centennial Center at [email protected]

What support does the Pracademic Fellowship offer?

The Pracademic Fellowship offers a stipend to supplement fellows’ sabbatical support from their home university. Fellows may also seek support from sponsoring agencies.


How to Apply

Applications for the Pracademic Fellowship Program should include the following:

  • A curriculum vitae, including at least two references (name and e-mail contact information only). 
  • statement of interest including 
    • A brief summary of proposed plans (timing and duration of fellowship, potential home institution support, area in which you would like to work and, if known, agencies with which you would like to work). 
    • A description of how this experience would contribute to the applicant's teaching and research.
    • Optional: a brief description of any initial contact with a potential host agency, organization, or individual. 

The next deadline for applications will be announced in spring 2021. 

Contact Us

If you have any questions about the Pracademic Fellowship Program or the application process, please contact the please contact the Centennial Center at [email protected]

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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