Governor Ralph Northam

2018 Governor’s Fellows Program

Application Deadline is March 18th

The historic and prestigious Virginia Governor’s Fellows Program offers a select group of outstanding and highly motivated individuals the opportunity to experience firsthand the administration of state government in the Commonwealth.

Former Fellows

Levar M. Stoney
Mayor of Richmond
Governor's Fellow, Class of 2004

Qualified applicants

  • Rising college seniors, graduating college seniors or enrolled as degree candidates in a graduate/professional school
  • Enrolled in a Virginia college/university or a Virginia resident enrolled in an out-of-state institution
  • Committed to excellence in academics
  • Able to demonstrate leadership ability
  • Involved in extracurricular activities
  • Active in community service

Frequently Asked Questions

Important information

Applications Due: March 18, 2018

Interviews: March 26 – April 6, 2018

Advise on Decision: Mid-April

Program Dates: June 4, 2018 – August 3, 2018

Apply Online

To complete your application,
please send recommendation letters and transcripts to:

Governor's Fellows Program
Attn: Ben Hermerding
Patrick Henry Building
1111 East Broad Street
Richmond, Virginia 23219

The selection of Fellows will be based solely on merit. The Fellows Program does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, political affiliation, disability, or veteran status.


State funds are not allocated for the Governor's Fellows Program. However, in previous years, colleges and universities have distributed stipends to the Fellows selected from their institutions. Institutions are urged to make summer grants available.

Applicants who will require financial assistance should discuss options with school officials before applying.


Participants are placed in different positions in the Governor's Office and in various agencies throughout the Executive Branch. The program attempts to match Fellows with compatible assignments according to background, interests and future goals.

Learn About the Assignments