Evaluation & Selection

Selection Process

A Selection Jury (SJ) comprising 10 to 15 members of the Leopold Leadership Program's Advisory Board, past Fellows and others reviews the applications and selects the Fellows.

Each application is initially reviewed, scored, and ranked by three Selection Jury members. The rankings are used to create a pool of no more than 40 finalists from which up to 20 Fellows are selected.

To ensure an objective evaluation with no actual or possible perceived conflicts of interest in the review process, no SJ member is assigned to review a Fellowship candidate in any of the following categories:

  • the applicant is a current or former employee or employer, a relative, or an employee of an organization for which the SJ member serves on the board;
  • the applicant is a co-author, research associate, or otherwise a collaborator on professional work; or
  • the applicant has any other significant ties to the reviewer, including financial.

Repeat applicants from previous years are not evaluated by the same reviewers.


Communicating Selection Results

Applicants will be notified of the selection results approximately seven months after the submission deadline. Public announcement of the new Fellows will be made in March of the fellowship year.

Note: All application materials are confidential and become the property of the Leopold Leadership Program. Applications will not be returned to the nominee. The program does not provide written or verbal reviews of applications either before or after selection.