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N.E.W. Leadership Application

The application period has now opened for 2021.
2020 applicants will be considered for the 2021 program.

Selection Criteria: N.E.W. Leadership selects students with the intent of creating a class of individuals who represent diverse backgrounds and experiences. Five primary criteria guide the competitive selection process:

  1. Individual leadership potential;
  2. Maturity, ability to deal with challenges, and capacity to reflect on one's own personal strengths and weaknesses;
  3. Special interests, unique characteristics and/or diverse experiences which contribute to the N.E.W. Leadership learning goals;
  4. Interest in politics, public service or public policy; and,
  5. Articulated or demonstrated potential to make a difference for women in public service.

To be considered for the program, you must:

  1. Complete the online application (link below);
  2. Submit a one-page summary of background experiences or resume;
  3. Submit three short essays, view essays (PDF); and,
  4. Submit two letters of recommendation. Please print two copies of the Letter of Recommendation Request form (PDF), complete the top portion and provide to your recommenders.
  5. Commitment to participate fully in the N.E.W. Leadership program.
  6. Accepted students will be asked to try to find funding from their home institution, but participation is not contingent on this funding. 

Submit your application online using the link below. You may also mail or deliver materials to:

N.E.W. Leadership
Carl Albert Center
630 Parrington Oval, Rm. 101
Norman, OK  73019

Email materials to and use the subject line "NEW Leadership Application (your name)."

Please contact the Carl Albert Center at (405) 325-6372 for assistance.


2020 Applicants

If you applied for the cancelled 2020 N.E.W. Leadership program, you do not need to submit a whole new application, but have the opportunity to update your resume, essay questions, and recommendation letters if you choose.

Please email with your intent to use your 2020 application and any updated materials by the March 31st deadline. Use the subject line "NEW Leadership Application (your name)."