David Bohnett Foundation Leadership and Public Service Fellowship

City of Detroit Mayor's Office
Detroit Economic Growth Corporation


Schneider and Palazzola

Admitted Master of Public Policy (MPP) students: The Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy is pleased to offer the David Bohnett Foundation Leadership and Public Service Fellowship, a competitive fellowship that offers two years of tuition support and a funded internship in Detroit.

Three Bohnett Fellows will be selected from the Master of Public Policy (MPP) students entering in Fall 2014. Two fellows will intern at the City of Detroit Mayor's Office, working directly with a group executive on the mayor's policy priorities. New this year, a third Bohnett Fellow will intern with the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation, a non-profit organization that works closely with the City of Detroit to support existing businesses and to bring new companies and investments to the city.

The Fellowship:

  • Covers full in-state tuition (or the monetary equivalent for out-of-state students) for two years* (up to 4 terms of support).
  • Provides a funded internship ($6,000 stipend) with the Detroit Mayor's Office or Detroit Economic Growth Corporation (as determined during the selection process) following the first year of Ford School study.
  • Covers the cost of participation in the annual U.S. Conference of Mayors winter meeting in Washington, DC., with Bohnett Foundation staff and fellows from other participating policy schools.


  • Available to full-time, incoming Master of Public Policy (MPP) students. (Dual-degree students must be admitted for the fall semester 2014 and start their studies at the Ford School in the same semester.)
  • Students must complete the internship requirement—10 weeks of full-time work (40 hours/week)—during the summer following the first year at the Ford School. Prior to completing the internship, students must be full-time MPP students in the Ford School for two semesters. Students must also return for at least one semester.
  • Strong preference is given to applicants with a demonstrated interest in and commitment to the City of Detroit.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills are required.
  • Previous experience in local government, public service, social activism, or economic development desired.

*The following circumstances may affect the fellowship award:

  • Enrollment in a dual degree program (limited to 3 terms of support)
  • Receipt of additional funding
  • Academic probation/suspension


Schneider and Palazzola

About the Bohnett Foundation Fellowship

David Bohnett is a University of Michigan alumnus (MBA '80). The foundation that bears his name is committed to improving society through social activism. In 2010, the Ford School joined NYU and UCLA as hosts of the David Bohnett Foundation Leadership and Public Service Program. "We are excited about our partnership with the Ford School, to help provide much needed human capital to address our urban challenges," said Bohnett, announcing the fellowship. "The students who participate in these programs have the opportunity to improve local communities and learn from significant assignments in the public sector."

Read more about the Bohnett Fellowship at the Ford School.