State Policy Network

Generation Liberty Fellowship

Page Contents
  • About the Fellowship
  • Fellowship Benefits
  • SPN’s Annual Meeting
  • Eligibility
  • FAQs

Accelerate Your Success, Make a Difference

Are you a rising nonprofit leader with a vision for making a difference in your state? Whether your passion is for increasing education opportunities for all students, or expanding access to quality, affordable healthcare or finding ways to break down barriers to employment and economic growth, the Generation Liberty Fellowship program can help you advance your goals and grow as a leader.

Access to successful state-based solutions – SPN’s Annual Meeting is the place where leaders from across the country learn from one another about reforms that are working in the states and how to take those ideas back to their own communities.

Insights into emerging opportunities and trends – Expert-led sessions will break down issue-specific trends and how they affect opportunities and strategies for state organizations, leaders, and aspiring leaders.

Best practices across professional disciplines – Get up to speed on professional approaches and perspectives that will take your efforts to the next level, all presented in a practical manner with the busy professional in mind.

Connections from all 50 states – It’s not just networking. Through the Fellowship you’ll establish meaningful relationships with peers and potential mentors from across the country—leaders who share your passion and whose experience can help you reach your goals and overcome obstacles.

Learn more about SPN's Annual Meeting.

The deadline to apply for the 2021 Generation Liberty Fellowship is June 15.

The Fellowship gave me practical tools and resources to bring back to my organization and ultimately be more effective in advancing freedom in my state. The opportunity to develop relationships with the future presidents and directors of nonprofits and think tanks is an invaluable resource! ~Jeremiah Martin

Fellowship Benefits

Generation Liberty Fellows (GLF) receive a stipend to cover attendance, travel expenses, and full access to SPN’s 29th Annual Meeting – the country’s premier freedom movement event. The Annual Meeting draws state-based leaders, practitioners, and innovators from all 50 states to discuss best practices, develop new skills, share expertise, and sharpen new ideas and strategies.

In addition to the full Annual Meeting program, Fellows have access to exclusive pre-event sessions tailored just for rising leaders, including:

  • Leadership and professional development training, designed to sharpen the skills you need to have meaningful impact and continue growing as a leader,
  • Private discussions of some of the most pressing issues facing states today and the solutions currently being tested at the state level, and  
  • Invitation-only networking sessions.

After the conference, as a Generation Liberty Fellow alum, you will be part of a nation-wide alumni network of over 500 leaders across the country. GLF alumni have started new nonprofits and are working in a wide range of roles in state and national nonprofit organizations. There are GLF alumni working in all levels of governments, at the state and national level, and are represented in a wide range of private sector industries as well.

As a GLF alumni, you’ll have ongoing access to SPN's leadership and professional development training resources and a community of state-based leaders and experts throughout the year. Alumni are also eligible to apply for scholarships for future SPN Annual Meetings.

Included in the Fellowship:

  • Travel to attend SPN's Annual Meeting (to be arranged by SPN staff) August 30-September 1, 2021 in Orlando, FL.
  • Lodging (room and tax only) at the JW Marriott, Grande Lakes.
  • 29th Annual Meeting registration costs, including meals and receptions.
  • Exclusive program sessions and training designed for Fellowship participants.

The Fellowship offered an experience that was beyond compare. As a young professional who was relatively new to the Network, I greatly appreciated the opportunity to connect with folks in a similar position and to learn from other attendees and the tremendous wealth of experience which they brought. Coming from a small think tank, the Fellowship and Network have truly benefited my personal development, but our entire team, as I bring back countless ideas and strengths for success.

~Hunter Estes

More About SPN's Annual Meeting

States are leading the way when it comes to developing and enacting reforms that improve Americans’ quality of life and meet the healthcare, education, and employment needs in our communities. The best ideas for how states can achieve lasting, positive change will be showcased at SPN's Annual Meeting.

SPN’s Annual Meeting brings together hundreds of organizations and people dedicated to promoting state policy solutions that strengthen communities and improve the lives of Americans.

At Annual Meeting you can:

  • Access the wisdom of over 1,300 people: policy and professional specialists from 325+ organizations, top-notch speakers, and many industry experts.
  • Build relationships with leaders and future collaborators from across the states.
  • Connect with like-minded peers to refine your professional strategies and encourage each other's growth.
  • Build essential career skills by choosing from sessions on leadership, community outreach, effective communications, and many other topics.
  • Discover the policy solutions that are empowering workers, families, and communities and the emerging ideas that are shaping the future of healthcare, education, the economy, and more.

The deadline to apply for the 2021 Generation Liberty Fellowship is June 15.

The Generation Liberty Fellowship provided me with an opportunity to experience all of the groundbreaking work happening in states all across the county. The chance to meet the people behind some of our movements best accomplishments and the opportunity to connect with other young, liberty-minded professionals was invaluable.

~Mallory Koch

Fellowship Eligibility and Criteria

Generation Liberty Alumni Scholarships

Scholarships to attend SPN Annual Meeting are open to all alumni of the Generation Liberty Fellowship Program. Scholarships are available to help defray the cost for GLF Alumni to attend the Annual Meeting who otherwise would not be able to participate.

This opportunity is open to all alumni of the Generation Liberty Fellowship. The deadline to apply for the GLF Alumni Scholarship is June 1.

Please contact Heather Pfitzenmaier at if you have any questions.


What if my organization only works on one issue area?

SPN’s Annual Meeting offers dozens of sessions on a variety of policy topics and professional development sessions valuable for all disciplines. Even if your area of expertise or interest is limited to a specific area, you will find plenty of content and contacts to make it worth your time.

Should I apply if I can only attend part of Annual Meeting?

The Fellowship requires all participants attend the entire conference. If you are unable to attend during some of the days, consider applying the following year. Should you still wish to attend, one-day passes are available at a discounted rate.

Is there a way for former GLF Alumni to attend Annual Meeting?

Of course! How else would we host our annual GLF Alumni reception? We encourage our alumni to apply for a Generation Liberty Fellow Alumni Scholarship. Scholarships are available to help defray the cost for GLF Alumni to attend the Annual Meeting who otherwise would not be able to participate.

This opportunity is open to all alumni of the Generation Liberty Fellowship Program. Apply here for the 2021 Annual Meeting Alumni Scholarship.

Please contact Heather Pfitzenmaier at if you have any questions.

Who should I contact for more information?

For questions and additional information, please contact Heather Pfitzenmaier (