Applications and Nominations

The NLA selection committee is committed to selecting applicants from diverse academic, personal, and professional backgrounds to enhance the fellowship experience and curriculum through the integration of different perspectives, epistemologies, and pedagogies. For questions or concerns about the application process or technical details of uploading/submitting your application, please email

Who Should Apply?

  • Those who represent a range of ethnic and racial groups, ages, institution or organization types, professional interests, and years of experience in higher education and related fields.
  • Individuals with a strong commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) within their organization, community, and institutions.
  • Participants generally hold mid- to senior-level positions and bring expertise in working with students and/or in higher education leadership.
  • In order to optimize the benefits of the fellowship experience, Fellows should be able to fully commit to all forms of participation.
  • Past Fellows have included community leaders, individuals in executive leadership positions, faculty, administrators, policymakers, those engaged in scholarly work, and other higher education professionals.

Application Materials

  • Responses to several short answer questions
  • Current CV
  • A reference who can provide a recommendation for the applicant’s participation in the NLA Fellows Program. The individual(s) must be able to speak to the applicant’s leadership potential, skills, and abilities.

Program Fee

No payment is necessary until you have been accepted into the NLA Fellows Program. Upon receipt of your admission notification, you will receive detailed instructions outlining the next steps in the process. There are limited partial NLA scholarships available which are part of the application process. Please note that scholarship awards are prioritized for early-bird applicants—if you wish to apply for a scholarship make sure to apply early!

  • Early-Bird Deadline: Monday, September 18, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. MT (Program Fee: $5,000)
  • Regular Deadline: Monday, October 23, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. MT (Program Fee: $5,500)

The New Leadership Academy is excited to launch our Health Sciences Track. Please note if you are a health sciences professional, you are no longer eligible to participate in the general NLA Fellows Program. Please apply to the NLA Health Sciences Track by contacting Ilana Israel at


The NLA Fellows Program invites nominations of outstanding individuals who have a demonstrated record of leadership at their respective institutions or organizations. Nominations of demonstrated leaders in policy-related or philanthropic organizations are also encouraged to participate in NLA. If you would like to nominate fellows, please complete the form below. Only individuals who are well acquainted with the nominee and can attest to their leadership potential, skills, and abilities should submit a nomination.