The John Garvey Scholarship Fund allows young professionals to participate in global knowledge exchange through attendance at a local government management event in a country other than their home country. The ICMA Global Engagement Committee offers two scholarships of up to $3,500 from the John Garvey Fund to applicants who meet the requirements. One scholarship is designated for a U.S. citizen and the other for a non-U.S. citizen. If no applications are received from one or the other of these categories of potential applicants, two scholarships may be awarded within the same category.

Check back soon for more information on the next application cycle!

ICMA is not currently accepting applications for the John Garvey Scholarship Fund. Individuals with questions can contact Jeanette Gass at


  • Applicant must be an active member of ICMA and age 40 or under at the time of application. Learn more about becoming a member of ICMA.
  • Applicant cannot be a member of the ICMA Global Engagement Committee at the time of application.
  • The scholarship is limited to direct expenses associated with attendance at an international conference or event.
  • The applicant, if selected, is responsible for any expenses above the $3,500 amount.
  • These funds may not be used to repay student loans or to fund solely cultural experiences.
  • Endorsement letters from the applicant’s employer must be submitted as part of the package explaining what assistance the local government will provide to the applicant. The employer should describe what it hopes to receive from the applicant participating in the process.

Individuals with questions can contact Jeanette Gass at  

Eligible International Local Government Events

ICMA maintains contact with local government organizations around the world. If you are interested in attending the conference of one of these organizations, contact Jeanette Gass, senior program manager, global engagement at for more information.

Many organizations do not announce their conferences until 1-2 months prior to the conference date. While we make every effort to list the events on the ICMA events calendar and on this page, we do not know every upcoming event. If there is another local government-related event you would like to attend, list this event in your application. If you need help selecting an event, contact ICMA for assistance.

Selection Process

Applicants will be evaluated by a selection committee led by the vice chair of the ICMA Global Engagement Committee.

About the John Garvey Scholarship Fund

The John Garvey Fund was established in 1995 following the recommendation of the ICMA Global Engagement Committee (then called the International Committee) to create a scholarship to assist ICMA members in gaining an international management perspective. The scholarship was named for John Garvey, who served as coordinator of the International Management Exchange Program for many years. A stated desire of the committee is to increase the number of women, minorities, and young professionals participating in international activities.