Emerging Leaders Applications


Participants in the Emerging Leaders program must meet the following criteria:

  • Have 2 to 8 years of full-time work experience, with at least one year of experience working in the nonprofit or public sector.
  • Be currently employed in the non-profit or public sector.
  • Currently have some level of project management responsibilities that includes the supervision of staff, vendors, or volunteers.
  • Work in either the Greater Washington DC region or in New York City, where sessions will be held.
  • Be available to attend each in-person session throughout the entirety of the program. Session dates can be found below.

Application Requirements

Applicants to the Emerging Leaders program must complete the following:

  • Application fee of $30. The application fee is waived for alumni of the Princeton Project 55 Fellowship Program.
  • A commitment to pay a participation fee once accepted. Fees are calculated on a sliding scale.
  • A range of short essay questions related to your experience and interest in the program (contained within the application form).
  • Written confirmation of program participation support from the Executive Director or other senior manager of your organization (signed Employer Letter of Support—this is a form letter provided by AlumniCorps within the application).
  • One letter of recommendation from the applicant’s professional or volunteer life submitted through a form sent to the recommender from within the application. Applicants may submit a second recommendation letter, however, only one is required. (Link to Letter of Recommendation Form)
  • An agreement to honor the time commitment, attendance expectations, and other program participation requirements (agreement is contained within the application form).

Your application will be read by alumni of the program, AlumniCorps staff, and the Emerging Leaders Program Facilitators. The most qualified candidates will be invited for a phone interview prior to final selection in May. The program begins in June. In the interest of developing a diverse cohort, we generally accept only one applicant from an organization into the program and never accept more than two applicants per organization into the program; we seek to manage expectations accordingly.

Emerging Leaders is made possible by a lead grant from American Express Philanthropy and generous individual donations.


2018-19 New York City Emerging Leaders Sessions

  • Session 1: Tuesday, June 26th
  • Session 2: Tuesday, July 24th
  • Session 3: Tuesday, September 18th
  • Session 4: Tuesday, October 16th
  • Session 5: Tuesday, November 13th
  • Session 6: Tuesday, December 11th
  • Session 7: Tuesday, January 15th
  • Session 8: Tuesday, February 19th (Evening Closing Celebration)

2018-19 Washington, DC Emerging Leaders Sessions

  • Session 1: Thursday, June 28th
  • Session 2: Tuesday, July 24th
  • Session 3: Thursday, September 13th
  • Session 4: Tuesday, October 16th
  • Session 5: Thursday, November 15th
  • Session 6: Thursday, December 13th
  • Session 7: Tuesday, January 15th
  • Session 8: Thursday, February 21st (Evening Closing Celebration)


You can start your application here. Please contact Caryn Tomljanovich at ctomljanovich@alumnicorps.org with any questions about the application or process. Thank you!

Applications for the 2018-19 Emerging Leaders program are due

March 12, 2018.