Apply for the 2024 Women's Policy Institute Fellowship

The 2023-2024 application cycle for Women’s Policy Institute is officially closed.

If you have questions after carefully reading all of the information on this page and reviewing the WPI Fellowship Application, please email Kate Messervy at

Real change happens when women lead.

Women are 52% of Alabama’s population and 100% essential to the future prosperity of our state, but far underrepresented in seats of power.

Those days are numbered.

To catalyze the mounting dialogue and public outcry for a powerful, unified voice for women in the state of Alabama, the Women’s Foundation of Alabama has built our own Women’s Policy Institute (WPI), a durable and permanent advocacy operation that bridges the gap between the legislative process and Alabama’s diverse communities.

Women’s Policy Institute equips community leaders for public policy advocacy, connects women across the state to key stakeholders and to each other, and invests critical resources to support multi-issue movement-building and Fellow-led initiatives.

Women’s Policy Institute Fellowship

The WPI fellowship is a 40-hour experiential learning curriculum designed to train community leaders in public policy advocacy. Rooted in gender and racial equity, training sessions will build the skills necessary to successfully move policy, including organizing, civic engagement, and leadership.

Women’s Foundation of Alabama seeks independent-thinkers from a breadth of backgrounds and experiences. The Fellowship is open to anyone who wants to lead on the path to systems change for women in Alabama.

How to Apply

The application for Women’s Policy Institute is closed at this time.

Now more than ever, women’s voices must be heard. Through their lived experience, women know what they and their families need to thrive. And when women lead, their families, communities, and countries benefit. Women in Alabama are ready to claim their seat – or bring their own if they must – and create a system where all voices are finally heard.

WPI Fellowship Application Timeline

  1. October 09, 2023


  2. November 27, 2023


  3. December 22, 2023


Frequently Asked Questions

What is the time commitment required?

Training sessions will be held virtually and in-person one day of each month for 40-hours total throughout the course of the program.

Is the WPI Fellowship partisan?

No, the WPI Fellowship is nonpartisan. Women’s Foundation of Alabama is a nonpartisan organization.

Who may apply?

We encourage applicants of any race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, disability, or status as a veteran living in Alabama who are committed to advocating for policies that improve the status of and opportunities for women in our state.

I have questions. Who do I contact?

If you have questions after carefully reading all of the information on this page and reviewing the WPI Fellowship Application (linked here), please email Kate Messervy at

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