Application Requirements


The 21st Century Leaders Fellowship Program seeks qualified applicants that have the potential to be future leaders of the historic preservation movement. Its goal is to advance the careers of a diverse cadre of preservation professionals through an in-depth experience in the formulation and execution of public policy. The initial Fellowship will commence in January 2023 in Washington, DC, and run for six to nine months.

Application and Selection Process

Applicants must complete the online fill-in application and also submit along with the application certain brief essays specified below. Applications must be submitted by September 15, 2022. Applications submitted by post, fax, or e-mail will not be accepted.

The ACHP Foundation will screen applications to identify the most qualified candidates. An expert panel from the Foundation and the ACHP will interview and further evaluate those candidates. The panel will make recommendations to the leadership of the Foundation and the ACHP who will make the final selection. The successful applicant will be notified on October 15, 2022.

In evaluating applicants, the Foundation and the ACHP will consider the following factors:

•   Evidence of leadership skills and the potential for further growth
•   Demonstrated interest in historic preservation as a career
•   Ability to work effectively as part of a team
•   Demonstrated interest in public policy

Application Requirements

Eligibility: Applicants must be US citizens. Applicants may be employed in the private sector or at governmental agencies or be serving in the military. Current employees of the ACHP may not apply.

Application Contents: All applicants must complete the online application and also provide the following additional items:

1.  Education: Degree, school, city and state, start and end dates for each degree. Enter information regarding activities and awards for each school/college/university you have attended.

2.  Employment History: Job title, dates of employment, employer, employer’s address, nature of business, number of workers supervised (if any), as well as a description of the nature of the work you performed (not to exceed 100 words) for every job held since graduating from college.

3.  Volunteer, Professional Association, and Civic Activities: Organization, city and state, purpose and objective of the organization, size of the organization, nature of your participation, dates of participation, and any awards or recognition received.

Required Essays:
1.  Current Employment: Describe how the work you currently perform relates to your career goals (200 words maximum).

2.  Most Significant Professional Achievement: Describe what you consider to be your most significant professional contribution (200 words maximum).

3.  Most Significant Community Service Achievement: Describe what you consider to be your most significant non-work contribution to your community (200 words maximum).

4.  Historic Preservation Goals: Describe what you hope to accomplish or achieve in historic preservation, and what your career goals are (300 words maximum).

5.  Memorandum for the ACHP Chairman: Write a memorandum for the ACHP Chairman making a specific historic preservation policy proposal. Explain why you think it is important, what issues it raises, and why you think the ACHP should support your proposal (500 words maximum).

6. Motivation for Becoming a 21st Century Leaders Fellow: Describe your motivation for applying to the Fellows program and what you consider to be your major strengths and qualifications for the program (300 words maximum).

• Applicants must certify that the information they have submitted in their application materials is valid.

• By so certifying, applicants acknowledge that their applications will be reviewed by officers and employees of the ACHP Foundation and the ACHP and selected outside readers.

Applicant Checklist-Submit Online to the ACHP Foundation by September 15, 2022:

  • Online Application Form (with certification)
  • Resume
  • Required Essays

Questions? Contact the ACHP Foundation at