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Emerging Leaders Applicants

Learn to lead with purpose. The Emerging Leaders professional development program is designed to help aspiring leaders in the nonprofit and public sectors develop the leadership capabilities, management skills, and confidence to advance their professional contributions and accelerate their careers.


Emerging Leaders Cohorts

Our facilitated program focuses on developing individual leadership strengths and capacities, as well as building resilience and the ability to adapt to the ever-shifting nonprofit landscape. Applicants from nonprofit organizations and government entities are encouraged to apply to one of our two cohorts:

  1. Hybrid program — based in New York City

  2. Virtual program — offered remotely to nonprofit professionals across the U.S. on Eastern Standard Time (EST)

Our program is designed to accommodate those with full-time jobs and requires employer cooperation as well. The program runs for a total of 8 weekday sessions, held monthly from September through April. Each year, we admit 16 working professionals in each cohort (New York and National) for a total of 32 program participants.

Program Information


To be selected for the Emerging Leaders program, applicants must meet the following criteria:

Professional Experience: Applicants should have 3 to 10 years of full-time work experience, with at least two years of experience working in the nonprofit or public sector.

Current Employment: Applicants should be currently employed at nonprofit organizations and government entities based in:

The greater New York City area — eligible for our hybrid cohort, which includes 4 remote and 4 in-person sessions.

Any other locale in the U.S. — eligible for our 100% virtual cohort offered on EST. Included but not limited to Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago, Baltimore, Washington D.C., Denver, the Bay Area, and more!

Management Experience: Applicants should have some level of management responsibilities that includes the management of staff, interns, vendors, and/or volunteers, and may also include significant project or cross-functional management.

Attendance Requirement: Prospective Emerging Leaders should be available to attend each session throughout the entirety of the program and have access to the internet and a computer.

Learning Opportunities
Application Process
Program Fees
Critical Dates

Application Checklist

To be considered for Emerging Leaders, applicants must submit the following materials:

  1. Application form The form includes:

    Application fee of $50:
    the fee is waived for alumni of the Princeton Project 55 Fellowship Program. Please contact Laura Villers at lvillers@alumnicorps.org to inquire about a fee waiver.

    These short, 250-word prompts are related to the applicants’ experiences and interest in the program.

    Terms of agreement:
    Applicant’s commitment to pay a participation fee once accepted. Fees are calculated on a sliding scale (see above). Confirmation of program participation support from the executive director or other senior manager at the applicant’s organization. An agreement to honor the time commitment, attendance expectations, and other program participation requirements.

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  2. Letter of recommendation: one letter of support from the applicant’s professional network, submitted via a separate form by the recommender (linked within the application).

    note: applicants may elect a second recommender; however, only one is required.