Apply for Flinn-Brown

The Flinn-Brown Fellowship seeks civic leaders from throughout Arizona interested in expanding their knowledge, skills, and networks.

The most competitive applicants are clearly willing 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.

The application period for the 2021 Flinn-Brown Fellowship has not been set.

About 30 Arizonans from all walks of life and perspectives are accepted each year into the highly prestigious program, launched by the Flinn Foundation and Thomas R. Brown Foundations of Tucson in 2011.

Acceptance into the Flinn-Brown Fellowship also enables participation in the Flinn-Brown Network—a powerfully connected group of nearly 400 Flinn-Brown Fellows—and the annual Flinn-Brown Convention.

The nonpartisan Flinn-Brown seminars are held over 12 Fridays and Saturdays. The upcoming schedule and topics, along with application details, desired candidate qualities, and Flinn-Brown policies, are listed below and in the FAQs.

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More information about the application process is available in the virtual information session below.

























The Flinn-Brown schedule for 2020:  

August 2020
Friday, August 21: Economy and Demographics
Saturday, August 22: Government and Budget

September 2020
Friday, September 11: PreK-12 Education
Saturday, September 12: Higher Education
Friday, September 18: Public Health and Health Care
Saturday, September 19: Human Services

October 2020
Friday, October 2: Environment
Saturday, October 3: Infrastructure
Friday, October 16: Criminal Justice
Saturday, October 17: Communications and Media Relations
Friday, October 30: Civic Participation/Recognition Reception

November 2020
Saturday, November 14: Annual Convention

(Schedule subject to change due to COVID-19)

Application components:

  • Completed online application:
    • Biographical information;
    • Essay responses regarding (1) civic-leadership experience; (2) approach to a policy issue; (3) goals;
    • Current resume;
  • Two endorsement letters by 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.

Flinn-Brown Policies

The Flinn-Brown Fellowship is not intended for those who are already state-level elected officials or paid staff members of a political party.

In any of its activities, the Arizona Center for Civic Leadership cannot participate in or donate to a campaign for public office or a ballot measure, or lobby on specific pieces of legislation.

The work and views of individual Flinn-Brown Fellows are independent of the Arizona Center for Civic Leadership and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Center, the statewide network of Fellows, or the Flinn and Brown foundations.

The exchange of many perspectives, and direct engagement with complex public-policy issues, is a core aspect of the Flinn-Brown Fellowship. Another Flinn-Brown hallmark is the expectation for respect, civility, and the development of relationships with those holding different perspectives. Participants in the Flinn-Brown experience are not asked to abandon their outlooks, but they are challenged to see issues through others’ eyes. There is no single “Flinn-Brown position” on any public-policy issue. In forums public and private, Fellows are welcome to present their experiences and perspectives, and should take care to avoid the appearance of speaking for all Fellows.