Application Process

Due to the impacts of COVID-19, the first residency of Cohort 15 has been postponed to October 2021. As such, there will not be an application period in 2021. 

Applicants/nominees are responsible for submitting their application package (link at bottom of page) through this website between February 1 and April 15. The application package consists of three sections:

(1) A nomination letter from your Director or CEO.

(2) Applicant resume and essay.

(3) Three recommendation letters, including one from your immediate supervisor. (If your immediate supervisor and nominator are the same person, please have them identify as such in the nomination letter and then upload that letter into both sections.)

Nomination and recommendation letters may be addressed to the NCLI.

At the end of the application period all packages are compiled and sent to a committee who scores each package. Those scores are then presented to the NCLI Board of Directors and final decisions on acceptance are made. Applicants are notified of their acceptance status through email and hard copy in mid-to-late June/ early July.

Questions regarding the application process may be directed to Amanda Myers at

Note: NCLI will not discriminate on the basis of age, gender, race, color, national origin, religion, or political beliefs.

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