Classes begin September 2017

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To be eligible, applicants must have earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university. Submission of undergraduate transcripts is optional. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are not required.

Applicants must submit: (1) application; (2) resume; (3) brief biography (no more than 500 words) to be posted on the Food Policy Leadership Institute website if accepted; and (4) personal statement. The personal statement should not exceed 1,500 words and it should describe an issue of interest to the applicant and why the applicant thinks that engaging in policy is important as it relates to this issue. These materials should be submitted to

Applications for fall 2017 admission will be accepted on a rolling basis until the class is full.


Tuition for the 2017-18 year is $25,000.  In addition to this fee, Fellows will be expected to cover room and most board costs during the two weeks in Washington, D.C. and during the week of the farm tour. Book costs are estimated at $300.  Dormitory housing is available on campus and program administrators will be available to assist Fellows in connecting with one another to find affordable housing.

Tuition for each semester is due by the first day of class (for the 2017-18 year, tuition payments of $8,333 are due on 9/2/17; 1/3/18; and 6/11/18).

Many employers provide tuition benefits. If you are a working professional, contact your Human Resources Department to see if tuition assistance is available. Typically, students are required to pay tuition up front and are reimbursed by their employer upon successful completion of the course.

It is a strong desire of the Food Policy Leadership Institute that no qualified applicant be unable to participate in the program due to cost.  Some financial aid may be available; please contact our office if you would like to discuss financial need.

We are located within 2 miles of the White House, USDA, and Congress and our neighbors include many NGO headquarters and international institutions (e.g., WWF, World Bank).

The new Milken Institute School of Public Health facility opened in 2014 and was awarded LEED platinum rating from the US Green Building Council. Sustainable features include a rain-water collection system, terracotta panels, an HVAC system with chilled beam and mass air displacement technologies, an enhanced storm water management system to reduce storm water runoff by more than 25%, a green floor, low-flow plumbing fixtures, energy-saving lighting controls, and numerous local, rapidly renewable, and recycled content materials.