Leadership Development Award

Leadership Development Awards fund training and research opportunities – and their associated travel costs – during the academic year that align with the mission of the Center and address gender disparity. Students are encouraged to consider opportunities in areas that support diverse representation, especially in areas such as public policy, technology, and science. Applications must address at least two specific leadership competencies.

Each Leadership Development Award recipient will receive up to $500 in funding to support expenses related to completion of the proposed project. The amount allocated to each student will depend on the budget proposal.

All applications are considered on a rolling basis and must be submitted one month prior to the close of the academic semester.


All currently enrolled students who have completed at least one full semester. Priority goes to students with demonstrated need. Students may not receive more one Leadership Development Award in a given year and are limited to two in total.

Application Requirements

The application includes a series of short-answer questions, a detailed description of the project, and a proposed budget.

Supplemental Materials

Award recipients should be willing to share their experiences with the community and will be asked to submit:

  • A one-paged project summary
  • A photo illustrating leadership in service
  • One blog submission


  • Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. one month prior to the last day of classes. (Each applicant should receive an automatic confirmation upon submission.)
  • All recipients will be asked to submit a supplemental application for grant disbursement.

For More Information

Interested applicants are encouraged to visit the Laspa Center or send question to [email protected]