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International Public Works Study Tour Opportunity for Public Works Professionals

Parul Dubey on September 16, 2021 - in News, People

Applications Now Being Accepted for Jennings Randolph International Fellowship Program


Washington D.C. – Public works professionals looking to expand their knowledge and further technology exchange may apply now for the coveted Jennings Randolph International Fellowship, which is annually sponsored by the American Public Works Association and provides up to $2,500 for travel and related costs to the winning fellow or fellows.

The deadline for applications is Nov. 15.

“This is an amazing opportunity for an already skilled professional to learn how public works professionals in another country are helping their communities, with particular focus on one of APWA’s top five technologies,” said APWA CEO Scott Grayson. “What our 2022 fellows will learn on their study tour will help their community back home and that new knowledge will be shared widely with APWA’s 30,000 members.”

APWA’s 2021 top five technologies are Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and asset management, integration, small cell/5G, virtual public engagement, and technology for field crews.

APWA named two Jennings Randolph International fellows for 2021:

  • John Milne, Clark County, WA, Public Works design engineer, and
  • Yuejiao Liu, Austin, TX, Public Works project manager supervisor.


The 2021 fellows’ work study tour was postponed due to COVID and travel restrictions. Therefore the 2021 fellows plan to travel this fall. Liu’s public works study tour will be in Denmark where she will present at the Association of Technical Directors in Danish Local Authorities (KTC) Annual Conference. Milne’s study tour will take him to Adelaide, Australia, where he will present at an upcoming Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia (IPWEA) International Public Works Conference.

The Jennings Randolph International Fellowship Program is named after former West Virginia U.S. Representative and Senator Jennings Randolph, who was chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works from 1966 through 1981, and was known as the “Dean of Public  Works.”

APWA established the fellowship in 1987 and the program is administered by the APWA International Affairs Committee.

Through the fellowship program and the recent launch of the APWA Foundation, APWA intends to further its international principles to:

  • Provide an opportunity for individuals to broaden their knowledge and exchange experiences and information on technologies and advances in public works, through direct contact with APWA’s international partners;
  • Promote friendship, understanding among public works professionals throughout the world;
  • Provide a venue for the exchange of information between APWA and its international partners; and
  • Expand educational training and professional development opportunities for public works professionals.


Applications and all supporting documentation for the Jennings Randolph International Fellowship Program must be submitted by midnight, CST, Monday, Nov. 15, through the APWA website. The successful applicant(s) will be notified in January 2022. Recipients of the 2022 Jennings Randolph International Fellowship will be announced in the APWA Reporter Magazine and on our Twitter account, @APWATWEETS.

About APWA

The American Public Works Association is a not-for-profit, international organization of more than 30,000 members involved in the field of public works. APWA serves its members by promoting professional excellence and public awareness through education, advocacy, and the exchange of knowledge. APWA is headquartered in Kansas City, MO, with an office in Washington, D.C., and 63 chapters and 97 branches throughout North America.

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