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How to Apply to the FY24 National Emergency Management Advanced Academy (NEMAA)

The Emergency Management Institute (EMI) Emergency Management Professional Program Branch will start accepting applications for the National Emergency Management Advanced Academy (NEMAA) from April 1 – June 1, 2023 for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2024 Cohorts. A formal selection board will convene to review the application packages with an announcement of the results made to applicants in August

There are a limited number of spaces for each Cohort and applications are expected to be very competitive. Applicants should first look at the entire Emergency Management Professional Program (EMPP) website to gauge for which Academy they are best suited. NEMAA Applicants are encouraged to review all selection and application requirements before submitting their application package.

The Application Package Document is the only acceptable document to complete when applying to NEMAA.  Incomplete packages and additional attachments will not be considered. 

Application Package Documents  must be submitted to the National Emergency Management Advanced Academy mailbox at:  

This document needs to be downloaded and saved to your PC prior to filling it out. This one document, which is a fillable PDF Form, is all you need to send to to be considered for this program. 

This form includes:  

  • Candidate Information
  • cover letter requesting consideration for admission to the program and specifying the applicant’s qualifications and expectations of the program. 
  • Resume - space in provided for:
    • Emergency Management Experience: (Example: Feb 2020-present; 3 yrs; Director, Maryland EMA
    • Boards, Commission, Associations: (Example: Committee Chair, International Association of Emergency Managers, 2018 – present or Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY) Chairperson, 2018 – 2020)
    • Education: (Example: University of Maryland University College, M.S. Emergency Management, August 2017)
    • Training & Certifications: (Example: Title of Course, Training Location, Date attended/completed)
    • Other: In the event you need more space from an area above or have additional information you feel the selection panel should take into consideration when reviewing your package.
  • Advanced Academy Commitment Statement - This indicates commitment to complete the entire program, which consists of the four resident courses at EMI and the NEMAA Paper
  • Academy Questionnaire - consists of five (5) questions reviewed by the selection committee to assist in determining the most qualified candidates.
  • Recommendation letter from your immediate Supervisor. If you are self-employed and do not have an immediate supervisor, then please us your most recent supervisor
  • Signatures - This page has a location for the electronic signatures of both the applicant and the applicant’s supervisor. If you are self-employed and do not have an immediate supervisor, then please use your most recent supervisor

Once the Application Package is complete with signatures, save the document as a PDF file with the following file naming convention:

  • LastnameFirstname.AA.FY24.  Example:  JonesRobert.AA.FY24

If you experience any difficulty in filling out the form, please email for further instructions.

Application Selection Criteria

Applications will be evaluated based on recommended prerequisites to include:

  • Depth and Breadth of direct experience in an EM position;
  • Project and working group leadership;
  • Substantial continuing service commitment;
  • Contribution to the field; and
  • Whole community representation.

Tentative Course Dates for FY24

  • Cohort I:
    • E0451 – October 23-27, 2023
    • E0452 – January 29-February 2, 2024
    • E0453 – April 22-25, 2024
    • E0454 – Aug 12-16, 2024
  • Cohort II:
    • E0451 – October 30-November 3, 2023
    • E0452 – February 5-9, 2024
    • E0453 – April 29-May 3, 2024
    • E0454 – August 19-23, 2024

Tuition and Travel Reimbursement

There is no cost for tuition. Some individuals may be eligible for stipend reimbursement.

For information about travel reimbursement eligibility and procedures, see the NETC Welcome Package at: If you have any questions about your eligibility to receive a stipend, please contact Admissions either by email at or by phone at 301-447-1035.


  • State, local or tribal government representatives.
  • Recognized volunteer organization representatives.
  • Active emergency management organization representatives.
  • Representatives from state or local fire organizations.


  • Federal government. (Federal students are subject to federal travel regulations and travel under orders prepared by their office.)
  • Private industry employees.
  • Employees who are contracted to federal, state or local government entities (such as rural-metro departments).
  • Representatives of a foreign organization.

For questions on the application process please contact

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