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NYU Leadership Fellows

Building Leadership Through Community


We believe that leadership is more than a formal title.

Leadership requires working effectively with others to create a shared vision, build commitment and take action to produce results that make a difference.The NYU Leadership Fellows is a yearlong program for rising sophomores and juniors that builds their leadership skills and prepares them to become changemakers at NYU and beyond. Through diverse offerings, students develop the self-awareness and skills needed to create shared vision and take action with others to achieve meaningful results.

Current fellows represent nine NYU schools and programs and demonstrate that leadership happens in diverse ways – moving group projects forward in class or at work; taking a stand for justice; encouraging dialogue across differences; participating in team sports; mentoring and being an ally to other students; serving as resident assistants, ambassadors, Welcome Week or cohort leaders; and serving in formal leadership roles in student clubs or government.

The Fellows will:

  • Explore frameworks for ethical and inclusive leadership;
  • Build a strong community of peers across the University who learn from each other’s experiences and share best practices;
  • Apply leadership skills, including active listening and collaboration, to work on a team challenge;
  • Establish and advance personal leadership goals;
  • Develop a reflective practice for continuous learning; and
  • Collaborate with the NYU Leadership Initiative to expand leadership learning and skill building to other students across NYU.

Selection Process

Each candidate is reviewed carefully by the selection committee. Participants are selected based on the quality of their whole application, including essays and recommendation letters. The most competitive applicants will exhibit leadership potential, strong communication skills, ability to work collaboratively across difference and commitment to learning and growth. 

Applications for the 2017-2018 cohort are now closed. We will be accepting applications for the next cohort during the 2018 fall semester. Stay tuned!