Policymaker and Practitioner Conference Subsidies

Applications have now closed.

The Association for Education Finance and Policy (AEFP) wishes to bring more policymakers and practitioners to the annual conference to inform and benefit from the conference dialogue. Connecting researchers, policymakers, and practitioners will encourage better research and better understanding of the implications of research and will facilitate researcher-practitioner collaborations.

To this end, AEFP is pleased to continue to offer policymaker and practitioner conference subsidies. Subsidies will help cover the conference and membership fees and travel costs of policymakers and practitioners wishing to attend AEFP’s 45th Annual Conference on March 19 to 21, 2020, at the Worthington Renaissance Fort Worth Hotel in Fort Worth, Texas.

AEFP will waive conference and membership fees for subsidy awardees. In addition, travel reimbursements will cover transportation and hotel of up to $1,200 per awardee. Waivers of conference and membership fees will be available for eligible attendees based in the Fort Worth area.


Eligible policymakers and practitioners include:

  • Elected officials at all levels of government
  • Employees of government entities (including school districts and institutional research departments at public universities), and
  • Those who work for organizations that directly support government entities (e.g., National Conference of State Legislatures, Council of Great City Schools).

NOT eligible are employees of public university research centers; foundations; and non-profits that do not work directly with and on behalf of government entities.

If insufficient funds are available to provide subsidies to all applicants, priority will go to:

  • First-time conference attendees
  • People who are participating in the conference as presenters, panelists, or session chairs

Support is limited to two people per organization. To receive subsidies for two people from the same organization, at least one must be a first-time attendee. If AEFP still has insufficient funds to provide subsidies after applying these criteria, we will select awardees at random.


The application window for the subsidy will open on January 3, with a deadline of January 24. We expect to make award announcements by no later than February 7.

Please share this invitation broadly with individuals or organizations whom you think would be interested in this opportunity, especially those who haven’t previously attended a conference or otherwise engaged with AEFP. We are looking forward to seeing you in Fort Worth for our 45th annual conference!