Marvin Andrews Fellowship

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Marvin Andrews Cohort
The Marvin Andrews Fellowship in Urban Management, which leads to a master's degree in public administration or public policy, is designed to identify the country’s most talented students aspiring to executive levels in local government.

Marvin Andrews Fellows (Marvins) receive the knowledge, training, and necessary experience to become future city/county managers in local government.

  • In their first year, Marvins enjoy the prestige associated with working part time (20-hours a week) as a paid management intern for ASU’s Center for Urban Innovation. In this role, they have the opportunity to conduct research assistance for cities, towns, and counties. Some Fellows have two-year placements working with a local government. 
  • In their second year, all Marvins receive a paid 20-hour per week internship with one of the many progressive and fast-growing cities in the Phoenix metropolitan area.
  • Each student also receives a tuition waiver (in-state or out-of-state) for four fall/spring semesters (two years), an annual stipend totaling approximately $15,000 paid bi-weekly in accordance with your employment with the fellowship, health insurance, and financial support to assist with travel to annual conferences.

Marvin Fellows come from all parts of the country - check out this list to see the undergraduate universities our fellows come from!

How to apply

Applicants to the Marvin Andrews Fellowship program are accepted once a year for admission to begin each Fall. Admission is fairly competitive. For example, for the 2019 cohort, 19 applications were received and four fellows were chosen. The 2023-2025 cohort application period has CLOSED! Check back in spring 2024 for the application process for the next cohort.


  1. You must graduate with your Bachelor's degree (complete all required courses) by the Spring semester preceding the fall semester start of the fellowship.
  2. You must be a newly admitted student into the MPA or MPP program to be considered for the Andrews Fellowship.
  3. International students are not eligible to apply.

All applicants must first be admitted to the MPA or MPP program and then submit three documents to apply:

  1. Marvin Andrews Fellowship Application.
  2. A one-page professional resume.
  3. Two additional letters of recommendation (two were required for the MPA/MPP application). The additional letters should be from either an academic or professional reference that addresses the applicant's qualifying characteristics and applicant commitment to becoming a local government management professional.

Email all three of these documents to Professor Cynthia Seelhammer, Marvin Andrews Fellowship Coordinator, at once the application opens. Questions? Email Professor Seelhammer.

NEW! Starting for the 2023-2025 Cohort: The Jane L. Morris Fellowship

One incoming Marvin will be designated as a Jane L. Morris Fellow. Jane Morris was a well-respected local government professional who died suddenly in 2016. The Fellowship, the School of Public Affairs, and the ASU Foundation were given a generous gift by Jane's family to honor her and to support young professionals entering the field of local government management. The Jane Morris Fellow will be chosen and operated in conjunction with the Marvin Andrews Fellows. The selection is open to male and female applicants, but a female candidate is preferred.

There is no separate application. Please follow the same process as the Marvin Andrews Fellowship to apply. If selected, you will be notified when you learn about your Marvin Andrews application status and you will be known as either a Marvin Andrews or Jane Morris Fellow.

About Jane Morris

Jane Morris

 Jane L. Morris was an accomplished and influential public servant.   Raised in Glencoe, IL, Jane attended the University of Iowa and received   her Master's Degree in Public Administration from Arizona State   University. Jane was a retired public servant with a long career spanning   more than three decades that started in Skokie, IL, encompassed a   variety of positions including Deputy City Manager during her 25+ year career with the City of Phoenix and concluded as the Executive Director/CEO of Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport.