The NYU Leadership Initiative will adhere to University guidelines and protocols regarding COVID-19 safety measures. At this time, we are not able to provide details about the modality in which the program will be delivered and whether sessions will take place remotely or in person at our physical office located at 12 Washington Place. Please rest assured that we will update you as soon as the University makes an announcement about how educational programs will be structured during the fall semester. Regardless of the form in which the sessions will take place, the program goals and core learning outcomes for all Fellows will remain the same.
You must be present for the duration of all required program activities. If you know you have a scheduling conflict, please apply during a different semester when your schedule is compatible with the required program dates. If an accepted student misses a required program date, outside of emergency circumstances, they will be asked to withdraw from the program.
You must be enrolled in New York City for the full academic calendar in order to be eligible to apply. The NYU Leadership Fellows program is a year-long intensive leadership development opportunity. If you will be studying away during the second semester of the program, please apply during a different semester when your schedule is compatible with the required program dates.
No, it is not an automatic excuse. Required program dates are scheduled to minimize conflict with classes and other academic requirements. We ask applicants to review required program dates carefully before they apply in order to avoid conflicts with their academic schedule. If you are selected to participate in the program and your academic schedule changes, it is your responsibility to avoid conflicts by transferring to a different class or contacting the Leadership Initiative team via email to withdraw from the program if your academic schedule is no longer compatible with required program dates.
Yes, this program will be held each academic year.
During the fall semester, most of the work may be completed during required program dates with the exception of developing a project proposal. There may be a few take-home assignments that you will need to complete in order to develop your project proposal. The time commitment required to complete your proposal outside of required program dates will depend on the scope of the project you’ll design and level of research you desire to complete as part of your project. During the spring semester, if your project is approved for funding, you will be asked to implement and evaluate a test component of your project outside of required program dates. The time commitment required for this phase will depend on the scope of the project you design and how you (and your team) determine to structure and allocate your work.
We encourage prospective applicants to complete our Mentoring Groups Leading Yourself and Leading with Others before applying to the Fellows program. While completing these two programs is not an eligibility requirement, our expectation is that students applying for the fellows program already bring a sense of personal purpose or commitment to a community or issue, are looking to apply their academic knowledge, extracurricular or professional experiences in service of others, and desire to learn how to kick-start a project and mobilize self and others to action. Evaluations from Leadership Initiative alumni confirm that a better understanding of how to lead self and others gives them the confidence and motivation needed to create impact in projects, groups, organizations, and communities that matter to them.
Applicants must be enrolled at the Washington Square or Brooklyn Campus for the entire academic year in which the program is offered. Applicants must be matriculated NYU undergraduate students in their second, third or fourth year of studies at the start of the program. We strongly encourage second year students interested in Rhodes, Truman, and Fulbright Scholarships to complete this program. If you have further questions, please refer to the eligibility criteria listed here.
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.
All notifications will be sent on or before by Monday, August 17th, 2020.