Vinson Fellows Program

The Vinson Institute Fellows Program is an educational opportunity for UGA's undergraduate students interested in state and local government. Through the program, students will have an opportunity to become involved in our training, applied research and technical assistance programs and other projects for state and local governments in Georgia and internationally.

Learn more about our current Vinson Fellows, program goals, the six areas of study available, program eligibility requirements and how to apply

The goals of the Fellows Program are to

  • Inform students about the work of the Carl Vinson Institute of Government

  • Inspire students to engage in research projects that address today’s complex challenges

  • Provide innovative opportunities for students to learn and engage with our diverse group of experts throughout their fellowship experience

As Vinson Fellows, undergraduate students will be matched with a mentor in one of our ongoing training, technical assistance, applied research or communications programs. 

All interested students, regardless of class standing, are encouraged to apply. Fellowships are offered during the fall and spring semester. 

The Carl Vinson Institute of Government offers fellowships through six of our divisions:

The Governmental Training, Education, and Development division seeks students interested in local and state government development. Students will have significant interaction with elected and appointed officials at training and education courses.

The State Services and Decision Support division provides students with the opportunity to learn more about state government, as well as survey research and demographics.

The Strategic Operations and Planning Assistance division is ideal for students interested in public policy and developing their research and analytical skills.

The Office of Communications encourages students with excellent writing skills and an interest in media relations and marketing to apply.

State and local governments can make more informed decisions and achieve greater efficiency in their operations with the help of our information technology services. The Information Technology Outreach Services is a leader in GIS innovation in Georgia and nationwide while also providing custom application development, data analysis and visualization, broadband, and cybersecurity.  

The Survey Research and Evaluation Support division provides rigorous and systematic evaluation and applied research services to state agencies, local governments, the university community, and not-for-profit entities. Our evaluation experts are skilled at assessing the effectiveness of different endeavors, from individual programs to interdepartmental or even system wide efforts. We emphasize clear and rigorous research that helps leaders make more informed policy decisions and are committed to helping our clients through the entire research process, from idea to final presentation.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • All undergraduate students who hold a 3.0 cumulative GPA and are in good standing with the University of Georgia are encouraged to apply.

  • Students who have an interest in the workings of state and local government, in Georgia or internationally.

  • Students who have excellent writing, organization, communication and research skills.

Application Process

Students must submit the following items to complete the application process:

  • Vinson Fellows Application Form, which includes: 

    • Statement of Interest: Candidates should indicate why they wish to participate in the Vinson Fellows Program. Students should also describe which division they are interested in serving within and what specific knowledge or skills they can contribute to the Carl Vinson Institute of Government.

    • Current resume

    • Current UGA transcript: Unofficial copies will be accepted. The transcript should reflect grades received thorough the Summer 2023 semester

  • One recommendation form from a faculty member. Recommenders must share the reference form directly with the Carl Vinson Institute of Government via email

Please contact cviog-students@uga.edu with any questions or concerns.


Vinson Fellows Program Information:

Meet the Fellows

Learn more about our current Vinson Fellows.


Timeline for Spring 2024 Applications

  • Application opens:
    September 5, 2023

  • Information session:
    September 20, 2023 at 4 p.m.
    Click here to register for this Zoom meeting.

  • Application deadline:
    September 28, 2023

  • Candidate interviews:
    Mid-October 2023

  • Notice of decision:
    November 2023