The Fellows of the Academy possess an unmatched wealth of expertise and serve as the cornerstone of the organization. They contribute valuable insight and experience to the oversight of Academy projects and provide general guidance of the organization. Fellows are also the Academy's primary resource for addressing emerging issues and contributing to the intellectual and popular discourse on government through our Standing Panels.
Most studies are carried out under the direction of Project Panels, which consist primarily of elected Academy Fellows. A team of Academy staff support the Project Panels, providing the resources and skill to execute each study. New Fellows are elected by the entire membership after a rigorous nomination process that takes place each spring. They are inducted as Fellows at the Academy’s Fall Meeting held each November.