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.

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?

Undergraduate seniors who:

  • Have demonstrated leadership in some capacity on and/or off campus.
  • Have an interest in, and commitment to, the program.
  • Are available for an individual and a group interview (Skype, FaceTime, and Zoom will be used if off campus).
  • Will be on campus all of senior year. 

Application Process

The application process includes an online application and a recommendation from a peer. For more information about the application and its components, review the RLF Application Requirements and Tip Sheet. Once applications have been submitted, selected applicants will be contacted to set up individual and group interviews. 


  • The application deadline for the 2020-2021 year has been extended! The new deadline is Sunday, May 10, 2020 at 11:59 PM.
  • Complete and submit your application here. 

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

Now accepting applications for RLF Class of 2021! Click here to apply.

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