Rockefeller Leadership Fellows

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

About the Program

As Rockefeller Leadership Fellows (RLF), 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 or summer and begin the program as seniors the following academic year.

RLF is a year-long cohort-based program open to seniors of all majors. Over the course of their senior year, Fellows develop a close bond with their cohort as they reflect on their leadership experience, strengths, and weaknesses and learn from the insight and experience of each other, guest speakers, and alumni. Fellows learn about various management and leadership techniques and skills, work on public speaking and presentation skills, and have opportunities for engagement with alumni. Throughout the program, they not only apply leadership lessons to their roles on campus during their senior year but also consider how they will live out their leadership philosophy post-Dartmouth.

RLF is undergoing some exciting changes for the 2023-2024 year!

  • Sessions are on Mondays instead of Thursdays.
  • In addition to attending a fall retreat and two Monday sessions in the fall term, Fellows will select and attend two leadership-related speaker events on campus to help inform their leadership philosophies.  
  • During the winter term, Fellows will attend weekly dinner sessions.
  • Fellows will end the program with a fun day-long or overnight trip at the beginning of the spring term.

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.
  • Will be on campus and able to attend in-person sessions their entire senior year. 

Application Process

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


The application deadline for the 2023-2024 year has passed. The application for the Class of 2025 has not been released. Check back in late-Spring for more info.


For more information about the program, email or contact Robin Frye, Program Officer.