Apply to the Faculty Leaders Program

Thank you for your interest in the Pardee RAND Graduate School’s Faculty Leaders Program, part of our Next Generation Initiative. If you would like to be notified when the application for our next session becomes active, please email us at

Who Is Eligible to Apply?

2013 Faculty Leaders in a class

2013 Faculty Leaders in a class

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The mission of the Faculty Leaders Program is to engage faculty members from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines in the field of public policy analysis, and in particular those at colleges and universities serving students underrepresented in public policy.

Ideal applicants will demonstrate an ability to incorporate what they will learn in public policy analysis to their teaching, research and/or mentoring of students upon returning to their home institutions.

The Application Process

Each applicant will be asked to complete the following:

The Online Application

Submitting our online questionnaire allows us to track applications and ensure we are able to contact applicants.

Résumé or Curriculum Vitae

Send a current copy of your résumé or curriculum vitae.


Answer both of the following questions. Your responses will help the selection committee to become acquainted with you as an individual and understand your interest in participating in the Workshop. Please limit each essay response to a maximum of 500 words.

Essay #1: What is your background in public policy (if any) and what do you hope to learn during the program? How do you plan to utilize program concepts upon returning to your home institution and community? In what way(s) are you interested in bringing or prepared to bring this information to diverse students?

Essay #2: Explain which areas of policy research are most interesting to you and note any current RAND researchers or projects of particular interest, if applicable. Please refer to and for more information.

Letter of Recommendation

Finally, each applicant is asked to submit a letter of recommendation from a department head or other senior professor or administrator (e.g., provost or president) at their home institution. Letters should address the following topics, to the extent to which the recommender has been able to observe the candidate's:

  • Interest in public policy research, analysis, and/or implementation
  • Ability to mentor students
  • Teaching
  • Interest in furthering policy research/coursework


Fellowships are available for 12–14 participants and will be awarded competitively. The fellowship will cover the cost of tuition and provide a travel and hotel stipend.