The Fellows Program is an 11-weekend adult education program which includes both strategy and practical training on a variety of topics. For example, strategic focus is placed on self-assessments, vision and values, ethics, and coalition building. Practical training includes public speaking, television and radio interviews, fundraising, polling, social media, budgets, and debates. It is our most comprehensive program. The program is held in the spring and fall in each calendar year.
The classes are held in Greensboro and Raleigh. The Spring class meets January to May, and the Fall class from August to December. Sessions typically run from 4 PM to 8 PM on Friday and from 8:30 AM to 4 PM on Saturday.
A full list of topics and the tentative schedule is always available at IOPL Calendars.
Participation in our programs is on the basis of leadership potential and commitment, without regard to age, race, ideology, or party affiliation.
Applications are accepted year-round, and interviews are conducted in July and December.
Accepted students pay a $750 registration fee, and are required to raise $750 as part of the fundraising curriculum. Travel expenses associated with attending the program are the responsibility of the students. NCIOPL provides meals during the sessions. A $375 deposit is due upon acceptance in the program, and the balance is due upon beginning program.