Core Training

*** The call for applications for the 2015 Leopold Leadership Fellowships is now closed. For the next call for applications, check this website in January 2018. ***


2015 Fellowship Training Schedule

Core Training:  June 15–22, 2015

Practice Year:   Fellows practice new skills over the course of the academic year with the support of webinars and conference calls with peers and mentors.

Final Session:   June 20–24, 2016


What you can expect: 

The program addresses a series of leadership questions and helps Fellows build on their individual experience and competencies. The learning is both facilitated and self-directed, and as concepts, tools, and strategies are presented, participants are provided time to practice and get feedback.

Fellows are engaged from morning to evening, balancing the day between highly interactive sessions and reflective activities such as journal writing or one-on-one processing conversations.


Time is set aside at the end of each afternoon for Fellows to take a walk or run, challenge one another to a pick-up game of basketball or croquet, or take part in other unstructured activities. Evening sessions are devoted to stories and case studies from previous Leopold Leadership Fellows and other invited guests.


The core week engages Fellows around three central leadership strands—innovation, communication, and collaboration—woven together throughout the week and leading to the creation of an individual action plan for the practice year. The overall flow of the week is as follows:

Forming a collaborative team

Leading change

Communicating complex ideas

Creating an action plan

• Leadership styles

• Group problem-solving

Switch: Applying a change management framework

Strategic thinking skills

Developing a message

• Learning from journalists

• Selecting an appropriate set of digital and print media tools for your audience

• Interviewing for information

• Developing a personal action plan for integrating and practicing skills throughout the year



In years when fellowships are offered, the program invites applications from midcareer academic scientists from North America (Canada, Mexico, and the United States). Applications are welcome from a broad range of disciplines including the biophysical and social sciences and technical, medical, and engineering fields related to the environment and sustainability.

All Fellows must attend both training sessions in their entirety, and they are responsible for setting their own goals and schedule for practicing skills during the practice year. 

Download the complete guidelines and application packet here.