The Keane Fellowship is designed to identify the country’s most talented students aspiring to executive levels in local government. For more information on ICMA Executive Director Emeritus Mark Keane, please click here.
As full-time students, Keane Fellows receive the knowledge, training, and necessary experience to become future city/county managers in local government.
In both their first year and second year, Keane Fellows enjoy the prestige associated with working as a paid management intern for the Town of Marana, Sahuarita, or Oro Valley (earning 6 credit hours for internship, to apply towards MPA degree completion).
Each student also receives a Teaching Assistantship with the School of Government and Public Policy for four fall/spring semesters (two years), the benefits of which include an annual stipend of approximately $15,000 and health insurance.
Must serve as an active and engaged UA ICMA Board member either as a de-facto position or apply and be selected for one of the five other open positions (President, Treasurer, Communications Chair, Undergrad Recruitment Chair, or Grad/Alumni Recruitment Chair). Responsibilities include being the local government liaison for the organization, and ensuring the board's commitment to its academic year strategic plan.
The Keane Fellow also earns an ACMA Membership, which includes ACMA Summer Conference Attendance.
How to apply
Applicants to the Keane Fellowship program are accepted once every two years (even years only) for admission to begin each Fall. Admission is very competitive. The program will admit one student each year, based on an application process designed to identify the country’s most talented students aspiring to executive levels in local government.
All applicants must submit two applications: a University of Arizona GradApp Application to the Master of Public Administration program and a Keane Fellowship application. You must be accepted into the University of Arizona Graduate College to be considered for the Keane Fellowship.
Applicants must submit the following online form for committee review:
The application deadline for Fall 2020 is April 1, 2020.