Emerging Leaders Program Application

Applications for the 2020 Emerging Leaders Program will be accepted from July 17 to August 18, 2020.

Emerging Leaders Program Application 

  1. PLEASE NOTE: This is an online application. We are not able to save partially completed applications. We recommend printing the application form, preparing offline everything you will need to complete the application, and then importing the information into the application form. To print out the application form, follow the link at the bottom of this page.
  2. After you have read these instructions and prepared everything you will need to complete the application, follow the link at the bottom of this page to import your information into the online application. Please remember to prepare everything you will need before starting to complete the application since you will not be able to save your work and return to it later.
  3. The application includes a series of short essay questions in addition to some basic contact and background information.
  4. Applicants may separately submit up to two letters of recommendation. These are not required, and we will not review more than two. To be considered, letters can be either emailed to sarah.campbell@virginia.edu by no later than 11:59pm on the filing deadline or postmarked by the date of the filing deadline and mailed to:

    Sarah Campbell
    Sorensen Institute
    P.O. Box 400206
    Charlottesville, VA 22904

Essay Questions

The short-answer essay questions on the application each requires a 250 to 500-word answer. These answers are a significant part of the selection process and important to our admissions decisions.

Contact/Background Information

The application also requests contact information and background materials concerning education, employment, and activities. Our goal in reviewing this information is to help build a class with diverse backgrounds but a common interest in effective leadership, governance, and public engagement with government.

Program Details

Before completing the application, we recommend that you review the program description and details available at sorenseninstitute.org.


Please remember, once you start the application there will be no way to save partial work, so make sure you have everything you need to complete the application. If you have any questions about the program or your application, contact Sarah Campbell at 434-243-2470 or sarah.campbell@virginia.edu.

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