Program Application

Application Information


Selection Criteria

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 2020. Complete application packets are due January 15, 2020Applicants will be notified of their acceptance status into the program within 30 days from their completed application submission.  


Applicants must include two references from colleagues who can attest to the applicant’s leadership potential and abilities and current responsibilities.


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


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

  • Completed application
  • Essay
  • 1 page resume
  • 1 paragraph bio-sketch (no more than 100 words)
  • Two reference letters
  • $250 Application Deposit (Application deposit may be paid by credit card, check or purchase order. Please note that applications are not considered complete until this payment is received.)

Application materials should be submitted using our online form.



The tuition for Minority Political Leadership Institute is $1750 (which includes the $250 application deposit) 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. 

Once accepted, all Minority Political Leadership Institute candidates must submit the remaining tuition amount to secure space as a participant.  Individuals selected for participation in the 2020 class of Minority Political Leadership Institute will be notified of acceptance within 30 days from their completed application submission. Once accepted, all Minority Political Leadership Institute candidates must submit the remaining $1500 tuition balance to secure space as a participant.



Participants who complete the Minority Political Leadership Institute will receive a certificate of completion and 8 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) from The Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute.