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The Local Government Management Fellowship 

Cities and counties are the vital link between all levels of government and the people we serve. In the Tocquevillian sense, the collective greatness of our communities is what makes a great nation. Learn service-leadership in local government as a Local Government Management Fellow. Make a difference!


The 2017 Fellowship application process is now closed. Navigate to "Become a Local Government Management Fellow" in the menu at the right to track status and for updates.

What is the LGMF?

This highly competitive career-development opportunity is designed to generate interest in local government careers among recent master's program graduates.  Selected Fellows are placed in a full-time management-track local government positions, shaped by direct mentorship under senior government leaders and rotational assignments. 

  • Fellows develop real-world management skills while participating in meaningful and important local government projects.
  • Fellows receive direct mentorship from senior local government managers.
  • Since the program launch in 2004, 19 alumni Fellows have been hired as town, city or county managers; many others are in senior positions in local government.

Who is eligible?

Recent graduates and students enrolled in public administration, public policy, or related master's degree programs at NASPAA-member schools graduating in this academic year are eligible to apply to this fellowship program. This is an annual fellowship program with a fall application process for spring/summer placement.

How do I apply?

Students interested in applying and local governments interested in hosting a fellow should explore the menu to the right.  Direct questions to lgmfprogram@icma.org.  All participating local governments will be asked to complete a letter of intent indicating a commitment to the program.  ICMA, in partnership with the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration, the National Forum for Black Public Administrators, the International Hispanic Network, and Women Leading Government welcomes applicants and host communities to apply for the Local Government Management Fellowship.

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ICMA thanks NEOGOV for providing their automated hiring tool for the LGMF program to manage the online application, review, and placement process of the next generation of local government managers.


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