Application Information

Selection Criteria

The Minority Political Leadership Institute is a program suited for current and emerging leaders interested in issues affecting minority and underserved communities. Prior political experience is not required for consideration.    

Application Requirements

The next class of the Minority Political Leadership Institute will be held in 2024. 

Applicants must include one reference letter from a colleague who can attest to the applicant’s leadership potential and abilities, and current responsibilities.

Those selected to participate in the Minority Political Leadership Institute are expected to participate fully in the eight two-day sessions offered during the months of April, May, June, September, October, and November. Accepted participants are responsible for securing transportation to all meeting locations.

All required documents must be received by the application deadline for your application to be complete. Please ensure that your application contains the following:

  • Completed online application
  • Personal Statement
  • CV/Resume
  • One-paragraph bio-sketch
  • One nomination/recommendation from supervisor(s)/colleague(s) 


Program Fee

The program fee for the Minority Political Leadership Institute is $2,150. It covers all program costs, including intensive leadership assessment, single-person lodging, and meals on program days. Payments can be made by the sponsoring organization or by individuals. Participants are responsible for securing their own transportation to program sessions. 


Participants who complete the Minority Political Leadership Institute will receive a certificate of completion and eight continuing education units from The Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute.