Flinn-Brown FAQs

  • What is the Flinn-Brown Academy timeline?
    The 12 full-day Flinn-Brown Academy sessions, including the annual Convention, are presented each fall. The 2023 Flinn-Brown Academy application will open on February 1, 2023. The deadline to apply will be February 28, 2023.  
       

    2023 Flinn-Brown Academy Schedule

    The Academy sessions are typically held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., with a few evening events:

    August 2023 
    Thursday, August 10: Economy & Demographics with Meet-and-Greet (evening event) 
    Friday, August 11: Government and Budget  
    Thursday, August 24:  PreK-12 Education  
    Friday, August 25: Higher Education   

    September 2023  
    Thursday, September 7: Public Health and Health Care  (with evening social hour)
    Friday, September 8:  Human Services 
    Thursday, September 21:  Environment  
    Friday, September 22:  Infrastructure 

    October 2023 
    Thursday, October 5: Criminal Justice  (with evening social hour)
    Friday, October 6: Communications and Media Relations 
    Friday, October 13:  Civic Participation/Fellows Projects and Recognition Reception (evening event) 

    November 2023
    Friday, November 3: Annual Convention  
    (Schedule subject to change) 

  • Who is selected to be a Flinn-Brown Fellow?
    Flinn-Brown Fellows are emerging civic leaders from across Arizona with broadly diverse perspectives, politics, and policy interests. Fellows are experts in their fields and are leaders in Arizona’s urban, rural, and tribal communities. They represent sectors of Arizona’s economy from business and industry to nonprofit and government. The Flinn-Brown Fellowship targets individuals working to address Arizona’s most challenging issues who want deeper knowledge and experience, a connected, diverse network, enhanced leadership skills, and a collaborative atmosphere. 
  • What are the benefits of the Flinn-Brown Fellowship?
    The Flinn-Brown Fellowship provides opportunities for civic leaders from throughout Arizona to expand their knowledge, skills and networks to help address Arizona’s long-term issues. The Flinn-Brown Fellowship offers unparalleled learning through the Flinn-Brown Academy with a cohort, skill-building workshops, and the annual Flinn-Brown Convention. Fellows connect with top state leaders and policy experts. 
  • What are the benefits of joining the Flinn-Brown Network?
    Flinn-Brown provides personalized long-term support for all Fellows and encourages participation in the Flinn-Brown Network through skill-building workshops and the annual Flinn-Brown Convention. The Flinn-Brown Network is a powerful body of more than Fellows who provide support to one another. 
  • What are the application requirements?

    The most recent application included four essay prompts regarding the applicant’s civic-leadership experience, approach to a policy issue, civic-leadership goals and thoughts on today’s political climate. Applicants also submitted two letters of endorsement, a current resume and a 20-second introductory video regarding their interest in the Flinn-Brown Fellowship. In addition, applicants are required to confirm their ability to attend all Academy sessions, and candidates who qualify for an interview must submit an employer approval form completed by the candidate’s employer.  

    Applications must be received by February 28, 2023, at 11:59 p.m. for the applicant to be considered for the Fellowship. 

  • Who is ineligible to apply?
    The Flinn-Brown Fellowship is not intended for those who are or have been state-level elected officials or paid staff members of a political party. 
  • Is there an interview process?
    Yes. A limited number of applicants are selected for an interview with the Flinn-Brown Selection Committee. Applicants will be notified of interview invitations the first week of April 2023. 
  • When are applicants notified about selection decisions?
    All applicants, whether invited to interview or not, are notified of their status after a review committee completes its work. A similar model is employed after interviews. Applicants will be notified of final selection by April 24, 2023. 
  • Who should write letters of endorsement?
    Applicants should seek letters of endorsement from individuals who can provide deep insight on the applicant’s background, past leadership experience, potential for greater civic leadership, and readiness to participate in the Flinn-Brown Fellowship. These letters are a vital element of the selection process, and we encourage candor and depth from endorsers. Endorsement letters should be submitted with your application. 
  • When do I have to submit my Employer Approval Form?
    All candidates who qualify for an interview will be asked at that time to submit the Employer Approval Form completed by the candidate’s employer. The form is not part of the application. 
  • Is the Academy in-person or is there a virtual option?
    All Flinn-Brown Civic Leadership Academy seminar days are held in-person at the Flinn Foundation in Phoenix. A virtual option will not be available for any Academy session.  
  • Is there a cost for the Fellowship?
    There is no cost to participate in the Flinn-Brown Fellowship. The Flinn Foundation, with support from the Thomas R. Brown Foundations, covers the cost of participation and supplies for Fellows in the current cohort.
  • What if I live outside of Maricopa County?
    Hotel accommodations for those attending the Flinn-Brown Academy from outside Maricopa County are provided. Mileage is reimbursed for travelers and carpooling from across the state is encouraged.
  • Are there time commitments outside of the Flinn-Brown Academy sessions?
    Yes. Fellows should plan for prep time before each Flinn-Brown Academy session. Pre-reading the material provided is extremely important. Fellows are also expected to prepare to engage in thoughtful discussions and deep dialogue. Additionally, Fellows are required to participate in a group project that will require time outside of Academy days for collaboration and coordination teams 
  • What if I have to miss a Flinn-Brown Academy session or weekend?
    Fellows are required to attend all Flinn-Brown Academy sessions as participation is a key component of the program. However, we understand that Fellows may have unavoidable conflicts and commitments. If you believe you will miss more than two days (full or in part) over the course of the Academy, we highly encourage you to apply for a future cohort. If excused, Fellows are asked to make up the missed session during a future Academy. 
  • Does the Arizona Center for Civic Leadership help Fellows’ political activities?
    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.