Michigan Political Leadership Program applications being accepted for 2017 class

The Michigan Political Leadership Program (MPLP) at Michigan State University (MSU) is now accepting applications for the 2017 Class. As a distinguished multi-partisan leadership training program we encourage those aspiring to run for public office to apply. Graduates take with them the knowledge and skills needed to make sound public policy decisions and to be effective leaders of the future. Applications are sought from individuals who are interested in enhancing their leadership and political skills in order to better serve communities, constituencies, or causes. The program is administered and supported by MSU's Institute for Public Policy and Social Research in the College of Social Science.

Annually, a diverse group of 24 individuals are awarded the opportunity to participate in a hands-on curriculum that incorporates personal leadership development, public policy process and analysis, governance, and campaigning. Practical skills training are emphasized. Fellows participate in team and coalition-building activities to foster communication and the exchange of ideas. The MPLP faculty is comprised of elected officials, political activists, MSU faculty, media, and business professionals from across Michigan.

MPLP fellows are required to attend one weekend session per month from February thru 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, those interested may right download an application from the website www.ippsr.msu.edu/political-leadership/michigan-political-leadership-program-mplp/apply. Send the completed application along with supporting documentation to Linda Cleary at Michigan State University, Michigan Political Leadership Program, 509 East Circle Drive, Room 321, East Lansing, 48824-1111 or Katherine Cusick @ cusickk@msu.edu. Applications must be received no later than Friday, Sept. 9, for consideration.

Published: Wed, Aug 31, 2016