Are Fellows required to live in Tallahassee? Is housing provided?
Fellows must reside in Tallahassee during the program year. Fellows make their own arrangements for housing. They receive a $1,000 stipend to assist with relocation.
What is the selection timeline?
* Please see the updated timeline below.
- August 2019
Application process opens for 2020-2021 Gubernatorial Fellows Class
- January 1, 2020
Application deadline: All materials must be completed and received by this date. This includes the candidate’s official transcript, three letters of recommendation (submit here) and the online application. Applying early is highly recommended.
- February 2020
Regional interviews for Class XVI will be held in February. Announcements regarding regional interviews will go out to applicants selected for further consideration at the beginning of March.
- March 5-6, 2020
Finalist interviews in Tallahassee.
- March 13, 2020
Fellows are notified of selection
- July 2020
Program Orientation (specific dates TBA)
- August 10, 2020 – May 7, 2021
What are the eligibility requirements?
Applicants must be enrolled as full-time graduate students or undergraduates (seniors or juniors) at a four-year, accredited public or private university in Florida or Florida residents attending college or graduate school outside of Florida. All Florida Gubernatorial Fellows must be enrolled as full time students during the time of the fellowship or must have graduated during the previous academic year.
Is there an age restriction?
Does a candidate’s political affiliation factor into the selection process?
No. The Fellows program is strictly non-partisan, and all Fellowships are awarded on a non-partisan basis.
Are Fellows required to be U.S. Citizens?
What are the requirements for letters of recommendation?
Applicants must submit letters of recommendation from three references. It is best to have letters of recommendations from individuals who know the candidate personally. For example, a recommendation letter from a prominent person would not be helpful if that individual could not speak specifically to the candidate’s background and character. Letters of recommendation must be submitted no later than January 1, 2020 via the electronic submission form found here or mailed to:
Florida Gubernatorial Fellows Program
Executive Office of the Governor
400 South Monroe Street
The Capitol, Suite PL-05
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0001
Will applicants undergo security and background checks?
At the finalist stage, yes. All finalists are subject to the same security investigations as current senior managers in state government. Anyone selected as a finalist must submit a Social Security Number and driver’s license number.
Are Fellows compensated?
In most cases, Fellows will receive tuition waivers to cover the cost of their tuition as they continue their studies throughout the program year. Additionally, Fellows are considered OPS (Other Personal Services) state employees and are paid at least $10 per hour for their work. Fellows also receive a $1,000 stipend to help offset relocation expenses.
Can Fellows receive outside income from other sources during the program year?
Fellows have a full and demanding schedule, and it is expected that they will be fully dedicated to the program. If extenuating circumstances create the need for additional income, Fellows are encouraged to discuss the issue with the Executive Director.
How are previously-scheduled commitments, such as planned vacations, handled during the program year?
Fellows are expected to make a full-time commitment to this program. Under certain circumstances (and with the approval of the Executive Director and the Fellow’s supervisor) special considerations may be made.