The application process for the third class of the Empire State Fellows has begun. The program attracts exceptional and diverse talent from New York and around the country to serve in high-level positions in the administration. Since its inception in 2012, the two-year Program has begun preparing a new generation of policy-makers to help lead New York State government.

“New York forged its legacy as the Empire State by opening its doors to talent from around the globe, and providing them an environment in which to flourish,” Governor Andrew Cuomo said. ”The Empire State Fellows Program capitalizes on that ideal, raising the profile of public service and giving accomplished innovators and professionals the opportunity to become the public policy leaders of tomorrow. We look forward to another strong class of Fellows.”

To apply to be an Empire State Fellow, candidates must email a cover letter, resume, personal statement, and two letters of recommendation to by Friday, April 4, 2014. For more information on the Empire State Fellows Program and the application process, go to

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