Gorton Center Global Leaders Program Application

Application for 2024 is now closed.

The Gorton Leaders Program offers six-month fellowships to current undergraduate and graduate students whose degrees focus on international relations and U.S. policy. Fellows participate in a series of roundtables with foreign policy experts and other GLP alumni. The Gorton Center at NBR awards fellowships each year to a small class of fellows from community colleges and universities in the Pacific Northwest.

The GLP aims to cultivate and mentor the next generation of policy leaders who are deeply invested in their communities by providing networking opportunities and policy-focused classes and discussions. The GLP curriculum focuses on three policy areas: democracy and China; national security; and innovation, technology, and intellectual property.

The application period for the 2024 fellowship is now open and will close on December 3, 2023.

Eligibility Requirements

Qualified applicants for the Gorton Leaders Program will:

  • Be a community college, undergraduate, or graduate student.
  • Be actively engaged in their community in the Pacific Northwest and/or pursuing a degree in International Relations, Political Science, International Law, Foreign Area Studies, or a related field.*
  • Demonstrate strong academic and professional potential for development on topics related to policy and international affairs.

*If you are unsure of your eligibility or have questions about eligibility requirements, please contact [email protected].

Application Requirements

To be considered for a fellowship, an applicant must submit the following materials through the Gorton Center’s application website:

  • A one-page summarized resume (full academic CVs will not be reviewed).
  • A one- to two-page cover letter that addresses your qualifications for the fellowship and how this program will contribute to your studies and future career plans.
  • A two-page writing sample on a policy topic of your choice.
  • A letter of recommendation letter from a supervisor or professor*

*If you are unable to submit a letter of recommendation from a supervisor or professor by the application deadline, please include the contact information of a supervisor or professor who can provide a verbal reference.

Application Deadline and Selection Process

Application for the 2024 fellowship period will close on December 3, 2023. The Gorton Center Advisory Committee will review applications and announcements will be made by late December.

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently asked questions are answered here.