Michigan Political Leadership Program seeks fellows

I’d like to call your attention to an outstanding opportunity offered through the Michigan State University Institute for Public Policy and Social Research in the College of Social Science. The Michigan Political Leadership Program (MPLP) is currently seeking individuals who are interested in enhancing their leadership and political skills in order to better serve communities, constituencies or causes. The MPLP stands out as one of only a few multi-partisan leadership-training programs in the country. We have a unique opportunity here at MSU Extension to take advantage of this program, either by nominating our own colleagues or perhaps calling this to the attention of stakeholders we work with who have an interest in contributing their leadership to Michigan’s future.

 Each year, 24 people (12 men and 12 women) have the opportunity to take part in hands-on learning that involves personal leadership development, public policy process and analysis, governance and campaigning. Graduates take with them the knowledge and skills needed to make sound public policy decisions and to be effective leaders of the future.

 MPLP fellows are required to attend one weekend session per month from February through November, generally beginning with dinner at 6 p.m. Friday evening and meeting through Saturday afternoon until 4 p.m.

 Considerable financial resources and time are donated to support each fellowship, which is valued at $12,000. The fellowship covers the participants’ lodging, meals and program costs; however, accepted fellows are asked to pay an administrative fee of $1,000 to participate in this program. Travel and some parking expenses are the responsibility of the participant.

 To apply for a MPLP Fellowship, download an application from the MPLP website at www.ippsr.msu.edu/MPLP, and mail the completed application along with supporting documentation to: Program Administrator, Linda Cleary, 321 Berkey Hall, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824. Applications must be received no later than Friday, September 9, 2011, for consideration.

 If you have any questions regarding the application process or the MPLP Program, contact Linda Cleary, program administrator, at clearyl@msu.edu or 517-353-0891.

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