Excellence in Government Fellows Program

“This program should be required for all agency leaders.”

– Former EIG Fellow
Session Details Apply by April 9

Quick Details


May 2018–March 2019, 24 total days




GS-13 to GS-15 federal employees

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For more information contact Chris Wingo at cwingo@ourpublicservice.org or (202) 464‑2690.

Government performance depends on great leadership.

To create a government that can address today’s most critical issues, we need innovative leaders who can reimagine operations, function with fewer resources, find new ways to tackle the complexity of our 21st century challenges and collaborate with other leaders across government.

The Excellence in Government Fellows program is the premiere leadership development offering tailored to the needs of high-performing senior-level federal employees. Our graduates deliver results—helping government effectively defend the homeland, ensure public safety, protect the environment, respond to natural and man-made disasters, improve public health and serve those in need.

During this year-long program, participants are challenged through a combination of innovative classroom sessions and hands-on, skill-building projects. EIG will take your leadership to the next level and build the essential leadership capabilities you need to drive results in your agency.

Through EIG, we have transformed more than 2,500 leaders from more than 50 agencies. We help federal employees improve their agencies’ effectiveness and deliver on their missions while developing the skills to reach their career objectives. Graduates unanimously recommend the program to their peers in government, and 99% of former participants reported applying lessons learned on the job.

The program is broken down into five primary components:


During program courses, leaders learn from leaders. World-class public-, private- and nonprofit-sector leaders teach EIG fellows how to apply leading management principles—including government’s Executive Core Qualifications—to their jobs.


By observing the most successful organizations from different sectors, EIG fellows learn novel management techniques that they can apply to their roles in government. The program allows participants to go behind the scenes at the most innovative companies to see their strategies for delivering results. Previous benchmarks have included Google, Microsoft, NASA, Procter & Gamble, Starbucks and Teach for America.

Results Projects

We’re not satisfied with just passing on knowledge—we ensure EIG participants are able to apply what they learn. Fellows reinforce lessons taught in the classroom by working with agency executives to tackle complex issues confronting our country. Past fellows have developed strategies to streamline drug approvals, strengthen collaboration during food recalls and improve recruiting for mission-critical occupations.

Coaching and Mentoring

Coaching is a critical element of leadership development. That’s why we provide opportunities for fellows to receive targeted, individualized support from experts and experienced government leaders. EIG participants can also seek advice from the Partnership’s extensive network of public-, private- and nonprofit-sector leaders.


The EIG program facilitates collaboration and cohesiveness across government by helping participants network and build relationships that are critical to enterprisewide solutions. Fellows also continue their development and learning after graduating from EIG by joining a community of leaders, participating in online forums and engaging with ongoing professional development opportunities.

100% of supervisors think EIG has made their employee a better leader

We have developed more than 2,500 federal leaders from more than 50 agencies


EIG is a premiere leadership development program for high-performing federal leaders—and the caliber of our participants contributes to the exceptional quality of the program. We have high standards for our EIG fellows and evaluate their applications on numerous criteria to ensure they will be able to engage fully in the program.

Applicants for EIG must meet the minimum qualifications for program eligibility. Without the experience level of a GS-13, 14 or 15, you will be unable to participate in classroom discussions and contribute effectively to group projects.

Completed applications must include your personal information, professional experience and objectives, up-to-date resume and letter of reference from your supervisor. Carefully consider your short-answer responses to ensure your government career objectives align with our high expectations of EIG fellows.

You do not need to complete the application in one session; you may save your application and return to it later.

If you have further questions, please see the FAQ section.


Sample Justification Letter

With this letter to your supervisor, you can explain why EIG is a worthwhile investment. Not only does the program help participants advance their professional careers, it empowers them with the skills to improve their agencies.

Authorization, Agreement and Certification of Training

We require all trainee personal information as well their supervisor’s consent prior to the beginning of the program. In addition, all participants must agree to continue their public service following the program. See the form for more details.

Credit Card Authorization Form

Provide the credit card information that will be used to pay the $11,400 tuition.

ACH Vendor/Miscellaneous Payment Enrollment Form

We also accept tuition payment from automated clearing house vendors or wire transfers.

Learn how the Excellence in Government Fellows program has helped current fellow Miguel Joey Avilés on his leadership journey.

Session Details

During the year-long program, fellows remain in their full-time jobs, meet every six weeks and spend a total of 24 days in session. Fellows also devote up to five hours per week to their results projects. While exceptions are made for family and work-related emergencies, fellows are expected to attend all seven classes, so applicants should review the class schedule and confirm their availability before applying for the program.

Values, Vision and Mission

May 7–11, 2018
Williamsburg, VA

Driving Results

June 5-7, 2018
Washington, DC

Leading People

July 23-26, 2018
Washington, DC

Leading Change

September 18-21, 2018
Washington, DC

Building Partnerships

November 13-15, 2018
Washington, DC

Business Acumen

January 8-10, 2019
Washington, DC

Synthesis and Celebration

March 5-7, 2019
Washington, DC

Project Management Institute

New offering: EIG Project Management Cohort

The Partnership and the Project Management Institute are excited to offer a specialized project management-focused cohort for the spring 2018 program.

This offering will empower you to become a project leader capable of driving transformational outcomes. By gaining both fundamental and expert-level project management knowledge from a veteran coach and mentor, you will hone a critical skill needed to execute your agency’s strategic vision. As you learn to develop a world-class team, you will also expand your network of collaborators, helping you maximize your impact as a leader in government.

While having a project management professional certification is not required, those participants with PMPs are eligible to use their experience in the cohort toward earning professional development units or PDUs.

By participating in this cohort, you will:

  • Understand how to be an effective decision maker and problem solver
  • Bolster your project management expertise and credibility
  • Learn to help team members mentally prepare to execute their responsibilities
  • Explore strategies to enhance your leadership style
  • Improve how you delegate responsibilities and inspire team members to perform at a high level
  • Cultivate a transparent and open environment where team members readily discuss problems and challenges

“It truly has impacted how I approach my job. Every day, there is some kind of conflict in my work, and the lessons I learned from the program around leading change and leading people, handling difficult situations and resolving challenges, that’s something I apply every day. It really has made me think about different approaches to problems and has helped me immensely.”

—Former EIG Fellow


Our Excellence in Government Fellows program coaching team is dedicated to helping participants reach their individual and collective leadership goals.Our coaches possess a common set of core qualifications but bring a truly diverse set of backgrounds, global perspectives and training styles to the EIG program. Many are former federal leaders, representing a wide variety of agencies, and all have extensive experience in public sector executive leadership coaching, organizational development, training and facilitation.


Q: Who is eligible to apply?

A: EIG is for GS-14 to GS-15 (or equivalent) leaders seeking to solve national challenges by driving innovation, inspiring employees and delivering results. Exceptional GS-13s are also encouraged to apply.

You must:

  • Have a record of strong accomplishment and demonstrate high-potential in OPM’s Executive Core Qualifications
  • Have the ability and interest to commit and contribute fully to the program
  • Be capable of traveling to Washington, DC and other locations for sessions
  • Have the support of your department or agency

Q: What application materials must I provide to be eligible?

A: You are required to submit one letter of reference from your immediate supervisor and a copy of your resume. Your resume should include all professional work experience, including nongovernmental experience.

Q: How will I know if I’m accepted?

A: You will receive an email from a Partnership representative notifying you of your acceptance status within one week after the application deadline. If we have an agreement with your agency to accept you as part of an internal selection process, you will receive word from your agency first, but your acceptance is not confirmed until you have received a notification from us. We do not have a maximum number of participants—we are able to accommodate a large and diverse group for each cohort.

Q: I’m no longer able to attend, can I defer my enrollment? Will I receive a refund?

A: Yes, you can defer your enrollment, but only if you paid your tuition prior to the tuition deadline of the program year for which you applied. If you have not, you will need to reapply. We do provide credits or refunds to agencies who have paid but are no longer able to send participants to the program. If you have participated in one or more sessions, we will determine the credit or refund amount on a case-by-case basis.

Q: Can I reapply if I am not accepted into the program?

A: Yes, you are able to reapply as long as you meet the program’s minimum qualifications. However, please check with your agency prior to reapplying—we do limit the number of accepted participants from a single agency in order to maintain a sufficient diversity of agency perspectives.

Q: Is there an application fee?

A: No.

Q: How much is tuition?

A: Tuition is $11,400, which includes all course materials (e.g., books, articles and management tools), online collaboration tools for team projects, and access to the Partnership’s resources, expertise and networks.

Q: When is the tuition deadline, and what are the options for tuition payment?

A: Pay should be arranged prior to the first session (the specific date will be provided in the first program communication to accepted applicants). Your agency is responsible for paying tuition. We do not accept payment from individual applicants.

We accept the following forms of payment: credit card (Visa, MasterCard or American Express), purchase order or Standard Form 182 (SF-182). The Tuition Form will provide instructions to request a purchase order that can be paid by your agency through Automated Clearing House transfer or check.

We will work directly with the agency POC (e.g., training coordinator, human resources specialist, etc.) responsible for paying your tuition, but we will need you to provide us with the name, email and phone number of the POC. Any tuition status update requests should go through your agency POC.

Q: What should I do if I have to miss parts of a session or an entire session? Do you offer make-up sessions?

A: Graduation from Partnership programs is contingent upon full attendance and participation in sessions. In the event of a conflict, please notify a Partnership staff members as soon as possible, even before the first session is held. Should you miss any part of a session, we will arrange for you to attend the same session held during the following year’s program. We only offer make-up sessions within the same program year for the first session.

Q: Where will the sessions take place?

A: All classroom sessions will take place at the Partnership (see address below) other than the kickoff session, which will take place in Williamsburg, VA. There will be off-site visits throughout the program to federal agencies as well as nongovernmental organizations in the DC/Maryland/Virginia area. Participants will be notified of these visits in advance.

The Partnership for Public Service
1100 New York Avenue NW, Suite 200 East
Washington, DC 20005

Q: Will I take any personality assessments as part of the program?

A: Yes, we administer and facilitate debriefs on various assessments, including emotional intelligence 360s, the Strength Deployment Inventory, DiSC and the Meyers-Briggs Type Indicator. The assessments will vary depending on your program.