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 durng a weekend retreat that focuses on team building.

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Each week guest speakers share with fellows their own thoughts on leadership and experiences during their careers.

RLF Student Presentations

Fellows practice their presentation and public speaking skills by giving a short talk about a leadership concept important to them.

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Through experiential exercises, the program highlights key approaches to promoting teamwork and achieving goals.

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?

Rising seniors (Class of 2020) and those undergraduate students who expect to graduate in 2020 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 for the 2019-2020 Rockefeller Leadership Fellows program is due on Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at 11:59PM. Applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered.

To apply for the Rockefeller Leadership Fellows program, you must submit:

  1. The online application. Include a brief (150 words or less) bio and share the URL to your LinkedIn profile.
  2. A current professional resume.
  3. A written Statement of Interest. Questions will be provided in the online application. Statement of Interest should be a maximum of two pages, double-spaced.
  4. One recommendation from a Dartmouth professor or administrator. Share the Recommendation Form with the Dartmouth faculty member or administrator.
  5. One recommendation from a Dartmouth peer. Give your recommender the Peer Recommendation Handout, as well as the Peer Recommendation Form.

Please review the Rockefeller Leadership Fellows Tip Sheet before applying for additional details about required materials for your application.

For more information, email [email protected] or contact Ariel Volk, Program Officer.

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