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Applications Invited for Bush Leadership Fellows Program

A program of the Bush Foundation (www.bushfoundation.org), the Bush Leadership Fellows Program seeks accomplished, motivated individuals from Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, or northwestern Wisconsin who are eager to prepare themselves for greater leadership responsibilities within their communities and professions. Applicants are invited to propose academic or self-designed learning experiences that will help them attain goals that they set for themselves. The program encourages applications that will expand fellows’ experiences beyond the familiar to learning environments that might be inaccessible without a fellowship. Fellowships support learning experiences that may include academic course work, internships, self-designed study programs, or various combinations of these and other kinds of learning experiences. Fellows are required to pursue their fellowships on a full-time basis; however, they may design their programs to include two or three segments of full-time study interrupted by periods of full-time employment. The duration of fellowships ranges from two to eighteen months. The application deadline is October 13, 2006. To read more about the fellowship and who is eligible, click on the link below. Or visit the Bush Foundation website for complete program details.

Applications are welcomed from qualified individuals who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the United States; twenty-eight years or older at the application deadline; have lived or worked at least one continuous year immediately prior to the application deadline in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, or northwestern Wisconsin (the counties of Ashland, Barron, Bayfield, Buffalo, Burnett, Chippewa, Douglas, Dunn, Eau Claire, Florence, Forest, Iron, LaCrosse, Lincoln, Oneida, Pepin, Pierce, Polk, Price, Rusk, St. Croix, Sawyer, Taylor, Trempealeau, Vilas, or Washburn); and are employed full time and have at least five years’ experience in any field, with strong evidence of competence and leadership abilities. Fellows have included women and men in such fields as public service, education, government, health, business, engineering, architecture, science, farming, forestry, law, trade unions, law enforcement, journalism, and social work.

The Fellows Program will grant the following amounts: Stipends — $3,800/month for monthly living expenses during the fellowship; Travel Reimbursement — $6,000 for fellowship travel activities; Instructional Expenses — $18,000 for tuition, workshop, seminar, and mentoring fees. Instructional expenses are shared with the fellow. Bush pays 50 percent of the first $8,000 in instructional expenses, plus 80 percent of expenses after $8,000 up to a specified maximum amount.

Information meetings are held each year in August and September to provide potential applicants with an opportunity to learn more about the program and ask questions.

Amy Lang
Amy Lang is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions at the University of British Columbia. She wrote her dissertation on British Columbia’s groundbreaking Citizens’ Assembly process, and is currently doing follow-up research on the Ontario Citizens’ Assembly.

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