To apply, students must meet the following eligibility criteria:
- Applicants must be matriculated NYU undergraduate students in their second, third or fourth year of studies at the start of the program. We encourage second year students interested in Rhodes, Truman, and Fulbright Scholarships to complete this program.
- Applicants must be enrolled at the Washington Square or Brooklyn Campus for the entire academic year in which the program is offered.
- Applicants must confirm their availability during the required program dates posted on the program website during the application period.
- Applicants must be in good academic and disciplinary standing. There is no minimum GPA but we do ask for it; GPA can be used as an indication of how comfortable your course load is.
All applications for the Fall 2020 semester are due by 11:59PM EST on Friday, July 31st.
How to Apply
How to complete your application to the NYU Leadership Fellows program
1. Program Application
- Visit the NYU Leadership Initiative SurveyMonkey Apply site and click “register” in the top right corner (if you do not have an existing account)
- Once you've registered, you will receive a confirmation email.
- From the email, you will be redirected back to the site. From the dashboard, select the 2020-21 NYU Leadership Fellows Program Application and begin your application!
2. Application Questions
The SurveyMonkey Apply Application will require you to answers to the following questions:
- This program requires you to work in pairs or groups to design and implement a project that will create a positive social impact on a particular issue. Please select the topic area you plan to focus on in this program (you may select up to two):
- Environmental Sustainability
- Criminal Justice
- LGBTQIA+ Advocacy
- Civic Engagement
- Other (please describe)
- Within the topic area you identified, what issue/community are you most passionate about? What need/gap have you identified that you want to work on as a Leadership Fellow? [Description: For example, if you selected “Education,” your interest may be STEM education for low-income high school students]. (4-5 sentences)
- Why does this issue/community matter to you? Where does your drive to make change in this issue area come from? [Description: This is a chance for you to tell us about the roots of your commitment. Perhaps your interest comes from your personal experience, classes you’ve taken, or an extracurricular activity you are engaged in] (4-5 sentences)
- If you could implement a project next year that would create a positive social impact in the issue/community you identified, what might your intervention look like? How does your approach differ or build on what other groups/organizations may be doing to move the needle on this issue? [Description: Here is your chance to show us your industry knowledge on the issue you’ve chosen. You may have to do some research!] (4-5 sentences)
- In an aspirational way, what would success in this project look like to you? Look through the program description, and identify one element of the program that you think will help you achieve this success. (4-5 sentences)
- Describe a recent group project and a challenge you encountered. In your description of the challenge, tell us how you navigated in and what you learned about yourself from the experience. (4-5 sentences)
3. Submit Resume and List of Extracurricular Activities
4. Submit an Unofficial Transcript
5. Submit Your Application
Please note that your application can only be submitted after all application materials have been completed. Unsubmitted or incomplete applications will not be assessed under any circumstances.
Each candidate is reviewed carefully by the selection committee. Participants are selected based on the quality of their whole application, but particular attention is paid to essay responses. The most competitive applications will demonstrate commitment to a community, a project idea aligned with this commitment and their studies and a desire to advance their existing leadership skills. Admitted students will be notified by Monday, August 17th, 2020.