Excellence in Government fellows listening to speakers during a class session

Excellence in Government Fellows

Our Excellence in Government Fellows (EIG) program prepares leaders to be more than managers. They are innovators whose creativity in problem-solving stands up to the complexity of our 21st century challenges. 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.


The EIG program combines the best of innovative coursework, best practices benchmarking, challenging action-learning projects, executive coaching and government-wide networking.

Leaders teaching leaders

EIG brings world-class public-, private- and nonprofit-sector leaders together to help fellows apply leading management principles—including government’s Executive Core Qualifications—to their jobs.

Observing the best in action

The fellows benchmark some of the most successful organizations for a behind-the-scenes look at their strategies for delivering results. Previous benchmarks have included Accenture, Ben & Jerry’s, Deloitte, Google, Microsoft, NASA, Procter & Gamble, Starbucks and Teach for America.

Results Projects
Solving government’ problems

Leaders learn best by doing. Fellows reinforce lessons taught in the classroom by working with agency executives to tackle complex issues confronting our country. Past fellows have developed strategies for streamlining drug approvals, strengthening collaboration during food recalls and improving recruiting for mission-critical occupations.

Coaching and Mentoring
Learning from others’ experiences

Coaching is a critical element of leadership development. Fellows receive targeted support from experts and experienced government leaders. In addition, fellows will have access to the Partnership’s extensive network of public-, private- and nonprofit-sector leaders.

Creating a cadre of change agents

Too often, leaders complete development programs and return to an environment where they feel isolated from the energy and creativity experienced during the program. Our fellows join a community of leaders, who support continued learning through networking, online forums and other ongoing professional development opportunities.



Spring 2017–2018

Please note: Fellows will be required to attend one of each session, depending on their cohort placement, in order to complete the program. We ask that fellows hold all of these dates until we confirm assigned dates two weeks prior to the kick-off session. If you have unavoidable conflicts, contact Abinaya Manivannan at amanivannan@ourpublicservice.org.

May 2–5, 2017
Williamsburg, VA
June 6–8, 2017
Washington, DC
July 25–28, 2017
Washington, DC
September 12–15, 2017
Washington, DC
November 13–15, 2017
Washington, DC
January 22–24, 2018
Washington, DC
March 6–8, 2018
Washington, DC

Download Program Brochure
For more information contact Caleb Campbell at ccampbell@ourpublicservice.org or (202) 775‑6892.


Who Should Apply

EIG is for GS-14 to GS-15 (or equivalent) leaders seeking to solve national challenges by driving innovation, inspiring employees and delivering results. Candidates 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 GS-14s to GS-15s or the equivalent in the military, state or other pay systems (exceptional GS-13s are also encouraged to apply)
  • Be capable of traveling to Washington, DC and other locations for sessions
  • Have the support of their agency or department


Most sessions occur in the Washington, D.C. metro area. One session will be held in Williamsburg, VA.


Tuition is $11,400* and includes:

  • All coaching and facilitation
  • Course materials (e.g., books, articles)
  • Assessments, one-on-one coaching and individualized development planning
  • Online collaboration tools
  • Access to the Partnership’s resources, expertise and networks
  • Invitations to ongoing activities

*Sponsoring organizations are responsible for tuition and travel expenses. For fellows located in the Washington, DC metropolitan area the estimated cost for travel is approximately $900.00 per fellow.

Time Commitment

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 projects. Fellows are expected to attend all seven classes. While exceptions are made for family and work-related emergencies, applicants should review the class schedule and confirm their availability before applying for the program.

Our Coaches

Our coaching team is dedicated to helping EIG 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.

Our Results

We have developed more than 3,600 federal leaders from over 50 agencies.

100% of graduates surveyed would recommend the program.

99% of graduates surveyed applied lessons learned on the job.

This was one of the most enriching and rewarding learning experiences I’ve had to date.

— Former EIG Fellow

The EIG fellows program is a life altering experience. You learn how to break down walls, partner with other high-level people on a project of importance, and be humble in the face of excellence.

— Former EIG Fellow

This program should be required for all agency leaders GS-13 and above.

— Former EIG Fellow