Apply for Flinn-Brown

About the Flinn-Brown Fellowship Application

The application and interview process for Flinn-Brown is highly competitive, each year selecting about 30 Arizonans representing diverse political perspectives, career fields, and regions of Arizona. The most competitive applicants demonstrate willingness to strive, risk, and cooperate to lead in Arizona’s state government and respond to statewide issues.

The 2020 Flinn-Brown Fellows were announced in June. However, the seminar series for this cohort has been postponed to fall 2021 in response to the prevalence of COVID-19 in Arizona. Timing of the next application cycle has not been determined.

Online application components

  • Biographical information;
  • Essay responses regarding (1) civic-leadership experience; (2) approach to a policy issue; (3) goals;
  • Current resume;
  • Endorsement letters from two individuals who know the candidate well.

Competitive applicants

The most competitive applicants are clearly willing to strive, risk, and cooperate to lead in Arizona’s state government and respond to statewide issues.

Flinn-Brown looks for Arizonans who are savvy and self-aware, with:

  • A passion to be a long-term player in state government and state and community leadership circles;
  • Broad contributions to a career field or interest area;
  • Sustained community involvement and a public profile;
  • An established career path;
  • A deep curiosity about people and issues;
  • The time—and personal and professional capacity—to take on a new challenge now;
  • High ethical standards, commitment to civility, and a keen interest in working with people from different perspectives;
  • The desire to work to attain or advance to state-level leadership in the next few years.

Information Session


Further details about the application process and desired candidate qualities are provided on the FAQ page.

For more information, contact Sara Larsen.

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