Classes begin September 2017

Applications are now closed for 17/18.


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 the 17/18 year are now closed.


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.