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Baldrige Fellows Program Key Information

2021–2022 Application: Open
Deadline: December 14, 2020

(Selection decisions will be made in January 2021)

How to Apply

To apply, submit the following documents:

  1. Your resumé, including email, postal address, and telephone contact information; and the name and email 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 email file transfer site. 

Dawn Bailey
Baldrige Performance Excellence Program
Bldg. 101/A623, 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 email address to 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, 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 publicly 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 24, 2020. Tuition payment of $28,000 is due by February 17, 2020. The fee covers all materials, as well as a standard hotel room and at least four meals for each session.


2020-2021 Cohort Schedule

March 24–26, 2020
Program Kickoff

May 21, 2020
Capstone Focus

June 22–23, 2020
Southcentral Foundation and Stellar Solutions

October 20–21, 2020
City of Fort Collins, Donor Alliance, and Elevations Credit Union
Fort Collins, CO

January 12–13, 2021
The Ritz-Carlton and K&N Management
Pentagon City, VA

April 10–14, 2021
32nd Quest for Excellence Conference
Gaylord National Harbor
National Harbor, MD

June 20–21, 2021
Capstone Presentations and Tour
Anchorage, AK


What Executive Fellows Are Saying

true payoff

Steven Schloss, United States Golf Association

The Fellows Program provides senior leaders the tools, framework, relationships, and best practice sharing in a highly interactive and thought provoking environment. We tend to move quickly and take little time out to learn and invest in our own growth. The one-year program commitment will have a true  payoff personally and for my organization for the long term. 


2020 Baldrige Fellows Information Packet Word
Journey to Excellence PDF, originally published in ASQ’s Quality Progress
A Crowning Achievement for Your Own Organization
Peer Learning, the Baldrige Fellows Program, by Harry Hertz, from Leadership Excellence July 2012 PDF
Benefits for Participants PDF

Paperwork Reduction Act Notice
OMB Control #0693-0076
Expiration Date: January 31, 2022

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,

Privacy Act Statement

Authority:  The National Institute of Standards and Technology Act, as amended, 15 U.S.C. 271 et seq. (which includes Title 15 U.S.C. 272) and section 12 of the Stevenson-Wydler Technology Innovation Act of 1980, as amended, 15 U.S.C. 3710a.The Baldrige Awards Program was created under public law 100-107 The Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Improvement Act of 1987. 5 U.S.C. App.-Inspector General Act of 1978, § 2; 5 U.S.C. App.-Reorganization Plan of 1970, § 2; 13 U.S.C. § 2; 13 U.S.C. § 131; 15 U.S.C. § 272; 15 U.S.C. § 1151; 15 U.S.C. § 1501; 15 U.S.C. § 1512; 15 U.S.C. § 1516; 15 U.S.C. § 3704b; 16 U.S.C. § 1431; 35 U.S.C.§ 2; 42 U.S.C. § 3121 et seq.; 47 U.S.C. § 902; 50 U.S.C. App. § 2401 et seq.; E.O. 11625; 77 FR 49699 (Aug. 16, 1012).

Purpose: The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) oversees the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program (BPEP) which is the nation' s only Presidential award for performance excellence and offers a wide array of award-winning products and services, including the world-renowned Baldrige Excellence Framework. The function/purpose of the information collections is to support the needs and activities of the internal and external customers in support of this mission.

Routine Uses: NIST will use this information to conduct necessary government business for the processing and the support needs of the BPEP. Disclosure of this information is permitted under the Privacy Act of 1974 (5 U.S.C. Section 522a) to be shared among NIST staff for work-related purposes.  Disclosure of this information is also subject to all the published routine uses as identified in the Privacy Act System of Records Notices: COMMERCE/ DEPT- 18: Employee Personnel Files Not Covered by Notices of Other Agencies; COMMERCE/DEPT-23: Information Collected in Connection with Department of Commerce Activities, Events, and Programs.

Disclosure: Furnishing this information is voluntary, however, this information is required to obtain authorization to gain access to and participate in the specified BPEP activity.  The failure to provide accurate information may delay or prevent you from participating in the activity. Submitting voluntary information constitutes your consent to the use of the information for the stated purpose.


Created September 3, 2013, Updated May 4, 2020