Take a sneak peek at the new NIST.gov and let us know what you think!
(Please note: some content may not be complete on the beta site.).

View the beta site
NIST logo

Baldrige Executive Fellows Program

Message from the Director

Welcome and Invitation to Apply

2017–2018 Application Now Open; Deadline: December 2016*

*The 2017–2018 deadline will be mid-December 2016. Selection decisions will be made in January 2017.

2016–2017 Application Deadline: Closed

How to Apply

To apply, submit the following documents:
  1. Your resumé, including e-mail, postal address, and telephone contact information; and the name and e-mail address of an assistant or alternate contact person
  2. An organizational chart that includes names and titles showing your position within the organization
  3. A recommendation letter from your highest-ranking official showing the organization’s support of your participation in the program
  4. A list of key competitors (in order that we may avoid creating a cohort that would be unable to share effectively due to competitive situations)

Mail complete package or upload to secure e-mail file transfer site. 

Dawn Bailey
Baldrige Performance Excellence Program
Bldg. 101/A600, 100 Bureau Drive
Gaithersburg, MD 20899

Secure E-mail File Transfer
Packages can be submitted through the NIST secure file transfer site. Please follow directions below.

1. Submit e-mail address to dawn.bailey@nist.gov to be invited to use the file transfer site
2. Create an account and password and select register
3. Sign into account
4. Upload package, send to dawn.bailey@nist.gov, and check transfer is complete
5. Sign out of account

Please Note: We cannot accept documents with personally identifiable information (i.e., information that is not publically available, such as social security numbers, personal phone numbers, etc., via regular email).

Selection Process

Selection decisions will be based on (1) sector mix, (2) appropriate level within the organization, (3) likelihood to follow through, (4) diversity, and (5) no direct competitors with participating award recipients or other Fellows. Candidates will be notified of the decision by January 29, 2016. Tuition payment of $25,000 is due by February 26, 2016. The fee covers all materials, as well as a standard hotel room and at least four meals for each session.

About Fellows | Program Benefits  | Printable PDF Version of Product Sheet

Contact Us

For more information on the Baldrige Executive Fellows Program:
www.nist.gov/baldrige/fellows | 301.975.2036 | baldrige@nist.gov




Paperwork Reduction Act Notice
OMB Control #0693-0076
Expiration Date:  December 31, 2018

This collection of information contains Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) requirements approved by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Notwithstanding any other provisions of law, no person is required to respond to, nor shall any person be subject to a penalty for failure to comply with, a collection of information subject to the requirements of the PRA unless that collection of information displays a currently valid OMB control number.  Public reporting burden for this collection is estimated to be 60 minutes per response, including the time for reviewing instructions, searching existing data sources, gathering and maintaining the data needed and completing and reviewing the collection of information. Persons wishing to comment on the burden estimate or any aspect of this collection of information, or offer suggestions for reducing this burden, should send their comments to the National Institute of Standards and Technology, Attn: Robert Fangmeyer, Director Baldrige Program, robert.fangmeyer@nist.gov.

Key Dates


  • April 3-5

    Program kickoff
    28th Annual Quest for Excellence® Conference
    Baltimore Marriott Waterfront
    Baltimore, MD
  • June 22-23

    Two-day on-site at Baldrige Award recipient-
    Freese and Nichols Inc.
    Fort Worth, TX
  • October 5-6

    Two-day on-site at Baldrige Award recipient-
    Elevations Credit Union
    Boulder, CO


  • January 10-11

    Two-day on-site at Baldrige Award recipient-
    Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company L.L.C. (now Part of Marriott International)
    Pentagon City, VA
  • April 1

    29th Annual Quest for Excellence® Conference
    Baltimore Marriott Waterfront
    Baltimore, MD

What Executive Fellows Are Saying

walk the talk

Jo Ann Jenkins, Chief Executive Officer, AARP Inc.

I was able to establish invaluable connections and garner insights into how other leading organizations are developing and implementing innovative, effective strategies in support of operational excellence and leadership development. A significant insight is that the leadership and senior management must model its organization’s mission consistently, with passion and enthusiasm. They must truly ‘walk the talk’—particularly during times of change.

Baldrige Executive Fellows Program:

Baldrige Customer Service:
301.975.2036 Telephone
301.948.3716 Fax
baldrige@nist.gov Email

Connect with Baldrige

 govdelivery logoYouTube logo
flickr LogoTwitter Logo