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Application Process

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Applications are open to all individuals within the Great Lakes Bay Region who are interested in becoming involved as an elected or appointed official or policy advocate. It is not required for an applicant to be currently engaged in any political or public policy functions. The Henry Marsh Institute for Public Policy will help you explore the range of opportunities at the local government. 

Applications for the 2023 Henry Marsh Institute cohort are currently open. Applications for the 2023 cohort will close on November 4, 2022, at Midnight. Interviews and the selection of applicants will be conducted in November and early December. For scheduling purposes, please review our upcoming cohort schedule priort to applying for the program: 2023 HMIPP Cohort Schedule (182KB).

If you have questions, concerns, or would like to be notified of when applications open, please contact program director Stephen Prince by email at or by phone at (989) 964-2168. 

Support the Institute


The Henry Marsh Institute for Public Policy is administered by the Office of Governmental and Community Affairs at Saginaw Valley State University with guidance from two advisory boards. Funding to support the Henry Marsh Institute for Public Policy is provided by the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation, Michigan associations, corporations, labor organizations, Henry Marsh Institute alumni, and individuals.