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New Leaders Council



Is NLC a political organization?  No. New Leaders Council (NLC) is a non-partisan 501(c)(3) whose mission is to recruit, train and promote the next generation of progressive entrepreneurs and civic leaders: those who are leading industries, setting trends, and building institutions that support robust civic and political life in their local and global communities.

What do you seek in an applicant? An ideal applicant is somebody who has demonstrated progressive leadership and entrepreneurial skill in their community, whether in a professional or volunteer context. Typical age range is 25-35, but these are not set limits. Fellows come from the world of business, non-profit, law, government, education, political campaigns, healthcare, the arts and many other sectors.

NLC actively recruits Fellows from outside traditional power structures, equipping them with the skills necessary to become civic leaders in their communities and workplaces. We aren’t exclusively looking for resumes from the best schools, most prestigious jobs, or most notable references.  We encourage those who may have taken nontraditional paths to achieve remarkable goals in line with our progressive mission.

What does the Institute cost? Leadership training via the NLC Institute is FREE for all fellows. The free training for our fellows is made possible by our annual fundraiser planned and hosted by the current fellow class

While the leadership training is free, there is a small application fee of $30 that is paid prior to filling out the online application. Fee waivers for the application fee are available upon request for applicants in financial need. Please check deadlines associated with fee waiver applications, as they are often due several weeks before the due date of the fellowship application.

How does the selections process work? Our selections team seeks Montana's best and brightest young progressives. The selection process is slightly different from year to year, however in general applicants should expect to submit the following through the application website:

  • Three short essays (questions prompted via the online application portal)
  • An online leadership skills assessment
  • Current resume 
  • Two (2) references

Applications are reviewed and scored blindly.  All personal information is removed from the applications, which are reviewed by a team of NLC alumni and scored on several criteria to assess the applicant's abilities and experience.

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