Wednesday, November 22, 2023

Opportunity: DHS\FEMA EMI Vanguard Fellow Program 2024 Cohorts. Deadline for Application Submission: December 15, 2023

Qualified?  Apply.

BEMA International


Vanguard Executive Crisis Leaders Fellowship

An executive network focused on disruptive changes and crisis leadership


"Our field is undergoing immense change, but one thing remains constant: our unending commitment to the people we serve. We’re facing greater risks and a changing society, which means our role is evolving. As we move into the future, we’re going to need to leverage all the lessons we’ve learned... lessons of connectivitycreativity, and most of all, adaptability."

FEMA Administrator

Deanne Criswell

At the Forefront of Crisis Leadership

Today’s executive leaders face a level of complexity, interconnectivity, uncertainty, and volatility far beyond anything seen before. Leading in this environment requires integrative thinking, advanced problem solving, predictive analysis, and coordinated communication spanning all levels of the government, the private sector, policymakers, practitioners, and communities.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Emergency Management Institute’s (EMI) Vanguard Executive Crisis Leaders Fellowship is a two-week, senior-level leadership program focused on disruptive changes in emergency management and crisis leadership. Through a series of focused discussions with top experts and peers, participants will engage in seminars, site visits with crisis leadership experts, and roundtable sessions to discuss and debate the challenges we share as crisis leaders and move the needle towards improving personal and collective preparedness.

Who Should Apply

The Vanguard Executive Crisis Leaders Fellowship is designed for senior executives and proven crisis leaders with 15+ years of crisis leadership or emergency management experience from government, academia, non-governmental, philanthropic, and private sectors. Ideal candidates are executive level leaders responsible for operational and strategic decision-making in crisis OR individuals with experience leading organizations through novel crisis events.

Selectees include, but are not limited to:

  • Emergency management and homeland security directors or advisors leading in local, state, multijurisdictional, or large metropolitan areas
  • Emergency management leaders from allied disciplines in the public sector, such as public utilities, public transportation, and military roles
  • Private Sector leaders with experience in crisis leadership
  • PhD academics, professors, or researchers
  • Elected Officials
  • Members of the Governor's Cabinet or chief/director of an agency
  • Federal administrators at the Appointed or Senior Executive Service (SES)
  • Directors of voluntary, community-based, non-profit, or philanthropic organizations
  • Individuals with experience leading through novel crisis events


Program Objectives

Through a series of roundtable seminars, site visits, and expert-level exchanges, participants will:\

  • Examine risk and disruptive changes in emergency management, and the leadership challenges and values conflicts that result
  • Explore and share theoretical frameworks for leading and managing crises
  • Brainstorm innovative strategies to strengthen emergency and crisis management
  • Build a purposeful network with trusted executive-level crisis leaders in government, academia, private, and non-governmental sectors
  • Share crisis leadership stories and lessons learned, helping to build and grow thought leadership within the profession.

Program Schedule

Each cohort begins with a 2-hour virtual welcome session.

Week One will be held at a rotating, offsite location to allow each cohort a unique opportunity to meet with experts across the country and discuss disruptive threats and unique challenges of the major cities and localities visited.

Week Two is hosted in Washington, D.C. and includes visits with the White House National Security Council, Congressional staff and elected officials, and FEMA leadership, among others.


2024 Vanguard Fellowship Dates


Virtual Intro

Week One

Virtual Session

Week Two

Cohort 6

Jan 31, 2:00-4:00 pm

Feb 12-16, 2024 Chicago, IL


Apr 1-5, 2024 Washington, DC

Cohort 7

Apr 17, 2:00-4:00 pm

Apr 29-May 3, 2024 New York, NY


Jun 10-14, 2024 Washington, DC

Cohort 8

Jul 9, 2:00-4:00 pm

Jul 15-19, 2024 Denver, CO


Aug 12-16, 2024 Washington, DC

Vanguard Selection Process

The Emergency Management Institute (EMI) will accept applications for the Vanguard Executive Crisis Leaders Fellowship on a rolling basis. Those applicants that wish to apply for the CY 2024 cohorts should submit their application by December 15, 2023. Applications received after this time will be considered for the CY25 cohorts.

A formal selection board will convene to review the application packages with an announcement of the results made to applicants by early January.

Applications will be evaluated based on the depth and breadth of direct experience leading through crisis, or in an executive level emergency management position.

To ensure a diversity of participation, the program takes a hybrid approach to filling each cohort, accepting self-nominations, alumni recommendations, and direct recruitment of proven crisis leaders. Applicants are encouraged to review all selection and application requirements before submitting their application package.

How to Apply

  1. Verify Qualification
  1. Email Application & Supporting Documents

To apply for the Vanguard Fellowship, please e-mail the following to

·        Your resume

·        A 300-word or less response to the following:

What do you hope to get out of the fellowship, what do you hope to contribute, and what 2 books do you recommend to up-and-coming crisis leaders?

·        Cohort Preference

Within your email:

Indicate the specific cohort for which you are applying. You may apply for 1, 2 or all 3. Please list in preferred rank order and only select cohorts for which you are available in their entirety

If your application is supported by a Vanguard alumni, please share their name in the e-mail

Submit the completed package to by December 15, 2023.

Submit Application & Supporting Documents

  1. Application Complete

After the application deadline, FEMA EMI will convene a panel to adjudicate applications. Selectees will be notified by early January.

Tuition and Travel Reimbursement

There is no cost of tuition for the Vanguard Executive Crisis Leaders Fellowship.

Individuals participating in the Emergency Management Institute (EMI) Vanguard program may be eligible for up to 50% travel reimbursement (airfare, hotel, meal per diem) with the home organization covering the remaining 50%.

Those groups typically eligible for partial reimbursement include state, local or tribal government representatives; recognized volunteer organization representatives; or active emergency management organization representatives.

We cannot reimburse federal government, private sector, representatives of a foreign organization, or contract employees. For information on organizations falling outside of the categories listed above, please e-mail

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