Governor Ralph S. Northam

2021 Governor’s Fellows Program

Application Deadline is March 15th

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 15, 2021

Interviews: March 22 – April 16, 2021

Advise on Decision: April 30, 2021

Program Dates: June 1, 2021 – July 31, 2021

The selection of Fellows is 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.


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