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 during a weekend retreat that focuses on team building.

Through experiential exercises, Fellows will learn self-awareness, teamwork, and how to work within an organization to achieve societal good, products, or services.

RLF Student Presentations

Each week Fellows will learn from the insight and experience of distinguished guests, as well as from peers.


Fellows develop a close connection throughout the program.

RLF Reception

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


We are excited to return to in-person programming for the 2021-2022 year! In order to reach all interested seniors, Rockefeller Leadership Fellows will continue to be offered both synchronously and asynchronously. 

About the Program

As Rockefeller Leadership Fellows, seniors gain a better understanding of the qualities and responsibilities expected of leaders and learn to adapt their own leadership styles to different situations. 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 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.

Beginning in the 2020-2021 academic year, the RLF program is being offered both synchronously and asynchronously. 

Who is eligible to apply?

Upcoming undergraduate seniors who:

  • Have demonstrated leadership in some capacity on and/or off campus.
  • Have an interest in, and commitment to, the year-long program.
  • Are available for a individual interview. 

Application Process

Rising seniors who are interested in the Rockefeller Leadership Fellows program complete an online application. The selection process also consists of a group and/or individual interview. 


  • The application for the Class of 2023 cohort will become available during the winter 2022 term. 

For more information, email or contact Leslie Wagner, Program Officer.

Interested in RLF?
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