Emerging Leaders Program

Raising the bar…

The Emerging Leaders Program is an invited leadership program sponsored by the Graduate School. This  program helps you learn from experts and fellow graduate students what it means to challenge yourself to be the best leader you can be. During the two and half day fall workshop, you’ll attend sessions about professional development and leadership skills necessary for entering a workplace characterized by a diversity of people, career opportunities, and ever increasing responsibilities. Participants will develop action projects on campus and in the community during the spring semester.

Enhancing your skills…

The workshop, held off-campus during Fall Break, will assist participants with not only understanding professional goals and leadership styles, but also with gaining personal insights. Through personality inventories that provide information about leadership preferences and interactive sessions, you will leave the workshop with practical knowledge about yourself and your abilities to lead. Following the fall workshop, participants will have the opportunity to demonstrate their leadership skills through planning and implementing an action project.

Whether you plan to pursue a career in academe, corporate, or non-profit worlds, learning more about yourself will strengthen the skills you already possess and help you bring into focus what you want out of life after commencement.

Making new friends…

During the intensive fall workshop, you’ll meet fellow graduate students from all disciplines on campus. Networking with your future professional peers will give you built-in contacts when you leave UGA. And you may just make some friends for life! Learning from others, teaching others, and looking to the next stage in your life – the Graduate School Emerging Leaders Program provides all this, and much, much more. Apply for this program and start preparing for your personal and professional futures today!

Using your skills. . .

Each year, the participants in the Emerging Leaders work together to plan and implement action projects to enhance their own leadership skills and to give back to the university and local communities.  The Emerging Leaders of 2016-2017 have undertaken three projects to share their knowledge and skills with other graduate students and with young emerging leaders in the community.

Read more about the Emerging Leaders program.

Apply to the Emerging Leaders Program

Application deadline for the 2017 Emerging Leaders Program is 5 p.m. on Friday, May 12, 2017. Application materials should be submitted to your graduate coordinator who completes and submits the nomination packet. All nomination packets must be submitted online by 5 p.m. on May 12, 2017.

The nomination packet must include all of the following in this order:

  1. Completed application information, first page of the application form
  2. Essay (two-page maximum) from nominee, pages 2-3 of the application form
  3. Letter of recommendation from advisor or graduate coordinator that provides a candid evaluation of the nominee’s qualifications, skills, and potential for leadership
  4. Curriculum vitae or resume of nominee
  5. Verification of expected date of degree completion from advisor (information may be included in letter from professor or graduate coordinator)

The graduate coordinator should save the complete nomination packet in one Adobe Acrobat .pdf file, name it with the last name of student_department (e.g., milton_grad), and submit it as an email attachment to ELNominate@uga.edu no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, May 12, 2017.

For additional information, please contact Judy Milton, jmilton@uga.edu

From admissions to graduation, the Graduate School promotes excellence in graduate education in all disciplines at the University of Georgia. By offering professional development programs and funding opportunities, the Graduate School enhances learning environments and inspires scholarly endeavors.