How to Apply

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 May 19 – 24, 2019.

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 2018 and May 2019 are still eligible. Women from diverse backgrounds, identities and non-traditional students are encouraged to apply
Apply Online TODAY!

Application Deadline: February 11th, 2019

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 5th.

Letter of Recommendation Deadline: February 8th, 2019

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