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Applications and Nominations

The NLA selection committee is made up of NLA Advisory Board members, NLA Alumni, NLA Facilitators/Presenters, and the NLA Leadership Team. The New Leadership Academy is committed to selecting applicants from diverse academic, personal, and professional backgrounds to enhance the fellowship experience and curriculum through the integration of different perspectives, epistemologies, and pedagogies. For questions about the application process or technical concerns re: uploading/submitting your application, please email

The New Leadership Academy is excited to launch our Health Sciences Track. Please note if you are a health sciences professional, you are  eligible to participate in the NLA Health Sciences Track and are encouraged to apply.

Who Should Apply?

  • Those who represent a range of backgrounds, encompassing ethnicities, ages, institution or organization backgrounds, professional interests, and levels (or years) of experience in higher education and related fields.  Those who evince a commitment to creating inclusive communities where everyone can thrive within their unit/team/department, organization, community, and institutions.
  • Participants who generally hold mid- to senior-level positions and bring expertise in working with students, policymakers, foundations, and/or higher education leadership.
  • Those who can fully commit to all forms of participation during the NLA Fellowes experience in order to optimize the benefits of the fellowship engagement.

Application Materials

  • Responses to several short answer questions
  • Current CV
  • A reference who can provide a recommendation for the applicant’s participation in the NLA Fellows Program. The individual(s) must be able to speak to the applicant’s leadership potential, skills, and abilities.

Program Fee

No payment is necessary until you have been accepted into the NLA Fellows Program. Upon receipt of your admission notification, you will receive detailed instructions outlining the next steps in the process. There are limited partial NLA scholarships available which are part of the application process. Please note that scholarship awards are prioritized for early-bird applicants—if you wish to apply for a scholarship make sure to submit your materials early!

  • Early-Bird Deadline: Monday, September 23, 2024 at 11:59 p.m. MT (Program Fee: $5,250)
  • Regular Deadline: Monday, October 21, 2024 at 11:59 p.m. MT (Program Fee: $5,750)


The NLA Fellows Program invites nominations of outstanding individuals who have a demonstrated record of leadership at their respective institutions or organizations. Nominations of demonstrated leaders in public policy or philanthropic organizations are also encouraged to participate in NLA. If you would like to nominate a candidate for the Fellows Program, please complete the form below. Only individuals who are acquainted with the nominee and can attest to their leadership potential, skills, and abilities should submit a nomination.

Nomination Form

Program Timeline

The following key dates apply to the upcoming NLA 2024 cohort application and selection process:

  • Early-Bird Application Deadline: Monday, September 23, 2024 at 11:59 p.m. MT
  • Regular Application Deadline: Monday, October 21, 2024 at 11:59 p.m. MT
  • Online Orientation Start Date: January 2025
  • Coursework Start Date: January 2025
  • NLA Summer Institute: Monday, June 2 - Friday, June 6, 2025 in Ann Arbor, Michigan


The quality of the New Leadership Academy Fellows Program experience is contingent on the participation and engagement of each Fellow in the carefully designed residential Summer Institute and online curriculum. Monthly leadership webinars and discussions are required for NLA Fellows.

Benefits to NLA Fellows

The New Leadership Academy Fellows Program (NLA) provides participants with the opportunity to:

  • Become part of a select group who will be invited to take part in ongoing seminars and conferences on emerging issues of leadership  in higher education and associated fields.
  • Interact with distinguished faculty, senior administrators, and policymakers drawn from a variety of institutions and national associations.
  • Acquire specialized knowledge and tools needed to provide highly effective leadership within complex institutional settings.
  • Build a network of future executive leaders who will be stewards for the future of higher education.

Expectations of NLA Fellows

  • Attend the NLA Virtual Orientation.
  • Engage in monthly online leadership webinars and discussions.
  • Although not required, Fellows are encouraged to attend and/or present at the annual conference for the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE). AAHHE is a nationally recognized leader in higher education advocacy and one of NLA's earliest supporting parters—and many NLA Alumni will also be in attendance at the annual conference.
  • Timely completion of NLA assignments, including leadership assessments, online engagement (monthly webinars), written reflections and readings, coaching and mentor sessions.
  • Attend NLA Summer Institute (Monday, June 2 - Friday, June 6, 2025) held in-person in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Please note that NLA Fellows are required to finance their own travel costs to and from program activities. This means that all costs associated with travel to and from the NLA Summer Institute including airfare, ground transportation, meals and lodging are to be covered by the Fellow.

Last Updated: 2/20/24