How to Apply

Your application checklist

Here is the information you’ll need for the online application:

  • A cover letter that answers why you are interested in the Indianapolis Emerging Leaders Fellowship, your personal and professional goals, policy areas you are interested in, and qualifications that set you apart.
  • A professional copy of your resume—we strongly advise that you seek assistance from your career services office. If you are a SPEA student, have the Career Development Office (CDO) review your cover letter and resume before you submit them.
  • A professional reference from a professor (current or former) or work supervisor in support of your application. Reference letters must be submitted to, with the subject line "Student Name_IELF Reference."

IELF selection process

The IELF cohort is selected based on academic record (transcripts will be obtained and reviewed for all applicants); the online application including cover letter and resume; and a professional reference