Iowa N.E.W. Leadership is an intensive 5-day residential institute designed to empower women across the political spectrum and increase the participation of underrepresented groups in the public sector. The Institute experience is built around a challenging curriculum that develops self-awareness, knowledge and skill in key areas, including: strategic communication, policy analysis, philanthropy, negotiation, community development, professional sustainability, relationship-building, productive engagement with difference, conflict and collaboration

The University of Iowa will hold its eleventh Institute in May 2021.

Who is eligible to apply?

Any student who identifies as a woman who is:  enrolled at least half-time in ANY post-secondary academic institution in Iowa (regardless of state or nation of residence), or in another state (for Iowa residents).  All fields of study in any academic discipline. Students graduating in December 2019 and May 2020 are still eligible. Women from diverse backgrounds, identities and non-traditional students are encouraged to apply.

Application will be posted soon!

Application Deadline: February 22nd, 2021

You may complete the online form in one sitting, or come back to your work at a later time.
To retrieve your application in progress, simply follow the link you used to access the application from the same computer on which you used to connect to the application.

Submit a Letter of Recommendation.

We are looking for a diverse group of students who are motivated to learn about the importance of women’s participation in public life and to develop their own leadership skills. Having already held leadership positions is not a necessary requirement for acceptance; those who show they have the potential for leadership are also encouraged to apply.  

One letter of recommendation is required for the completion of the application. Make sure to ask for a letter of recommendation from a faculty/staff member or anyone who can speak on behalf of your leadership and/or academic endeavors. Please share the submission link below and give your recommender sufficient time to submit their letter by February 17th.

Letter of Recommendation Deadline: February 22nd, 2020

For more information, contact us at:

On Accessibility: 

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact WRAC in advance at 319-335-1486. 

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