The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences

Rockefeller Leadership Fellows

Rockefeller Leadership Fellows (RLF) is the capstone leadership program for seniors. 

RLF Fall Retreat

Each fall the newest cohort of fellows kick the year off durng a weekend retreat that focuses on team building.

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Each week guest speakers share with fellows their own thoughts on leadership and experiences during their careers.

RLF Student Presentations

Fellows practice their presentation and public speaking skills by giving a short talk about a leadership concept important to them.

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Through experiential exercises, the program highlights key approaches to promoting teamwork and achieving goals.

RLF Reception

Each spring graduating fellows welcome the incoming class of fellows during a reception hosted by the Rockefeller Center.

About the Program

Fellows are selected during their junior spring and begin the program as seniors the following academic year. As they take part in the workshops, dinner discussions, and team-building exercises, the Fellows gain a better understanding of the qualities and responsibilities expected of leaders and learn to adapt their own leadership styles to different situations. Fellows examine their skills, qualities, and attributes as leaders, and analyze how these influence teamwork and play out in their lives.

Through the study of various theories of leadership and experiential exercises, the program highlights key approaches to promoting teamwork and achieving goals. The program concludes with a look at leadership challenges both in a work environment and at a societal level, and with a study of how Fellows can strengthen their own effectiveness as leaders.

Application Process

The application deadline for the Class of 2019 Rockefeller Leadership Fellows is Tuesday, April 10, 2018. Review our application tip sheet for detailed instructions on the application process.

The online application requires:

  • A current resume. Save as PDF with your first and last name in the file name. Upload within the application.
  • A written statement. Save as a PDF with your first and last name in the file name. Upload within the application.
  • Faculty/Administrator recommendation. Don’t forget to give them the recommendation handout so they have a chance to draft responses in advance and have the URL directly.
  • A peer recommendation. Don’t forget to give them the peer recommendation PDF iconhandout so they have a chance to draft responses in advance and have the URL directly.

Apply to become a Rockefeller Leadership Fellow.

For more information, contact Tatyana Gao, program officer, co-curricular programs, at (603) 646-2201.

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