As the Academy serves to strengthen and improve government at all levels, nationally and internationally, each year we ask each Fellow to identify and recommend candidates of distinction with the willingness and ability to contribute work and wisdom to this important mission. The annual nomination and election of new Fellows to the Academy is one of our most vital membership activities, strengthening the Academy for future generations of governance.

We further ask that Fellows recognize the fundamental importance of diversity in the pool of distinguished Fellows to achieve the objectives and purposes for which the Academy was created. All candidate recommendations must be received at the Academy offices by close of business on April 26, 2019.

Please discuss the Academy with your proposed candidate. We are seeking candidates who are able and would like to contribute effort and expertise to the accomplishment of our important mission. Download the 2019 Call for Nominations


The Nomination Process

How do Fellow Elections work at the Academy?

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The Nominator's Checklist

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Criteria for Election

What are the Academy's criteria for nominees?

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The Nomination Timeline:

  1. Nominations open on February 18, 2019

  2. Nominations will close on April 26, 2019

  3. The Fellows Nominating Committee will meet in May to finalize a slate of nominees. They will send that slate to the Academy's President and CEO and the Board of Directors.

  4. In June the final slate of nominees will be announced and candidates will be notified of whether they made the slate. Voting will then open for the Fellowship.

  5. Voting will close in August and nominees will notified of their election status in September.


Fellows may submit up to five proposed candidates and you may seek up to two Fellows who can second your nomination. We ask that you take care to explain how your candidate meets the criteria for election and why the person should be elected. For example, previous participation in the Academy’s work or other efforts to strengthen the quality of government delivery affecting more than one government entity would be highly relevant. Election must be based on the willingness and capacity of the candidate to contribute effort and expertise to the accomplishment of our important mission.

Please give special care to the Recommender’s statement, which may be written in the form of a paragraph or using bulleted statements. This statement is particularly important because traditionally it has been used to prepare the paragraph describing the nominee in the ballot mailed to Fellows. Merely summarizing the previous information gives neither the Committee nor the Fellows additional insight into why the candidate would become a valuable Fellow.

Nominating Committee Assessment

Each candidate will be interviewed by telephone by a Committee member before the Committee meets to recommend its nominees to the Fellowship for election.   Election ballots will be provided to all Fellows electronically in early August.


  1. Tell your candidate that you plan to nominate them and include information about:
    1. The nomination process, including a telephone interview in May from a member of the Nominating Committee
    2. The rights and privileges of Fellows, including participation guidelines
    3. The requirements of Fellows, including annual dues of $500
  2. Start your online nomination (Start Here), you'll need:
    1. Your candidate's first name, last name, and personal email.
    2. The names of potential seconding Fellows
    3. To be prepared to outline how your candidate contributes to a more diverse and robust Academy 
    4. To be prepared to outline how your candidate will be involved in the Academy
  3. After submitting Nomination Step 1 online, check in with your candidate to ensure they've received their account creation email from the Academy
  4. After submitting Nomination Step 1 online, check in with your seconding Fellow(s) to make sure they received the notification email from the Academy
  5. Once you’ve been notified by email that your candidate has submitted their information, you should return to the online portal to submit your nomination statement and finalize the nomination package
  6. Celebrate the future of public service!


The Academy Bylaws list several foundational qualifications that are essential for membership:

  1. Substantial scholarly contribution to public administration and/or significant administrative experience with evidence of sufficiently broad interests and reflective nature;
  2. Other significant experience in public affairs with a special interest in public administration;
  3. Demonstrated concern for the advancement of public administration [usually demonstrated by authoring published material and/or selection as a leader in professional societies related to public administration];
  4. Adherence to the highest ethical standards;
  5. Willingness and ability to contribute to the work of the Academy.

Based on the Academy’s strategic plan, the Board is particularly interested in adding to our membership Fellows with the following skills and attributes:

  1. Individuals who will become actively involved in Academy activities including project panels, standing panels, committees, fundraising, and special projects;
  2. Individuals who would increase the diversity of the Fellowship in terms of gender, race, national origin, age, geography and expertise (check out past trends in nominations);
  3. Individuals with knowledge, skills, and abilities in (a) enterprise finance management, financial regulation and public-private finance; (b) artificial intelligence and big data analytics; (c) energy/environmental/natural resource policy/management (d) evidence-based program evaluation and performance management; (e) strategic planning and foresight/futures; (f) operational experience with the intergovernmental system,  especially at the state and local levels of government; (g) applied science and engineering; (h) security and resilience; (i) international public administration; (j) fundraising, grant making, and resource development; and (k) public/private entrepreneurship
  4. Individuals who are current or former federal, state and local government practitioners, particularly members of the Federal Senior Executive Service who have received Presidential Rank, SAMMIE, and/or Fleming awards or equivalent state and local executives; 
  5. Individuals who are nonprofit, non-governmental, or private sector leaders engaged in governance across sectors;
  6. Scholars and active practitioners who are citizens of countries other than the United States.