Marvin Andrews Fellowship

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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.

Thank you for your interest in the Marvin Andrews Fellowship at ASU! Unfortunately, the current application window has closed but we would like to encourage you to apply in the coming months when the application reopens in January 2022. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact us as your application date draws near. Good luck and go Sundevils!

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 the Alliance for Innovation, the premier networking association for cities and counties committed to innovation and transforming local government.
  • In their second year, 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.

Program of study

Students enrolling in core courses must demonstrate minimum competency in statistics and American government. Courses taken to fulfill the competency do not count toward the 42-hour degree program.

Competency in statistics is met with a grade of B or higher in approved courses (PAF 301, POS 401, PSY 230, QBA 221, SOC 390) within the past two years or passing a diagnostic test approved by the MPA Committee. Other courses taken within the last two years may be substituted upon approval of the MPA Director.

Competency in American government is a demonstrated understanding of American government institutions and processes. Students may be required to take an undergraduate class in American government (PAF 300,PAF 340, POS 110, POS 310).

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 the 2019 cohort, 19 applications were received and four fellows were chosen.

Requirements:

  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 admitted 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 two documents to apply:

  1. marvin_andrews_fellowship_application_2021.pdf
  2. 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 both of these documents to Professor Cynthia Seelhammer, Marvin Andrews Fellowship Coordinator, at Cynthia.Seelhammer@asu.edu once the application opens. Questions? Email Professor Seelhammer.