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.


For the Spring 2020 term, Rockefeller Center programs were offered remotely as a result of College policy in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Programs will continue in a remote format for the Fall 2020 term in order to be accessible to all students and to adhere to social distancing and group gathering policies. We are determined to continue offering quality programming in innovative ways.

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.

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 an individual interview. 

Application Process

Upcoming seniors who are interested in Rockefeller Leadership Fellows should complete an online application. For more information about the application and its components, review the RLF Application Requirements and Tip SheetDue to circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, applicants for the Class of 2021 cohort will not be required to submit faculty/staff or peer recommendations. Once applications have been submitted, selected applicants will be contacted about setting up an interview. 


  • The application deadline for the 2020-2021 year has passed. 

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

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