Applying for the Fellowship for Emerging Leaders in Public Service

Applications are now closed for the 2017 Fellowship for Emerging Leaders in Public Service.  Out of fairness to all applicants, we regret that we are unable to accept any late applications or recommendations regardless of the reason for late submission. 

Applicants for the 2017 program who submitted completed applications by the deadline of noon EST on September 14, 2016 will be notified of our decision by October 6, 2016. For those applicants who are accepted, the $600 program fee must be paid in full by October 24, 2016 to participate in the fellowship. Payment information will be included as part of your acceptance packet.

All applicants must hold Saturday, November 5, 2016 on their calendars for a day-long Orientation. Participation for the full day is required.

The information below is only for reference. Applications for the 2018 Fellowship will be available by July 15, 2017. Please check back at that time for more information.


Thank you for your interest in the Fellowship for Emerging Leaders in Public Service, a program of the NYU Leadership Initiative and NYU Wagner.

Complete applications, including a recommendation from your current direct supervisor (no other recommendations are accepted), must be received by 12:00 noon (EST) on Wednesday, September 14, 2016.

1. To see if you are eligible for the program and to submit the strongest possible application, please start by reviewing the Eligibility Requirements on the right. You should then review the draft program schedule to ensure your availability for all Fellowship sessions. If you have additional questions, please see the Frequently Asked Questions page.

2. Complete the Application Form - available here, including uploading your resume and a short personal statement. Please note that the entire application must be completed at one time. You may wish to review the application form and personal statement prompt and then return to the form once you have collected all of the necessary information.

3. Once you have submitted your application, you will receive a confirmation page with a link to the Recommendation Form to share with your supervisor. The letter of recommendation must be submitted online by noon EST on September 14, 2016. Out of fairness to all candidates, we cannot accept any late submissions for any reasons. In order to receive the link to the Recommendation Form and ensure that your supervisor has plently of time to complete and submit the recommendation, please do not wait to apply until the last minute. Recommendations cannot be submitted until a completed application has been received.

4. All applicants should reserve the full day on Saturday, November 5, 2016, for the program Orientation. If you are unable to attend all of Orientation, we encourage you to apply for the program next year. No exceptions will be made for any reason, and accepted Fellows will not be able to participate in the 2017 program if they are unable to attend orientation in full.

5. We will notify all candidates of acceptance decisions by October 6, 2016. Those accepted will receive the necessary information about how to pay the program fee of $600, which is due by October 24, 2016.  

Thank you again for your interest in the program. We look forward to receiving your application and to a wonderful fellowship year!