Apply to the NLC Institute

The NLC Institute is the leading training program for progressive young professionals. NLC equips its Fellows with the skills to run for office, manage campaigns, launch businesses, create starts ups and network with thought leaders.  The NLC Institute is an intensive, six-month progressive entrepreneurship training program.

We’re looking for entrepreneurial young professionals, typically 25-35, from diverse backgrounds and industries, with strong progressive values and leadership aptitude, who will apply NLC’s trainings in their careers and lives. 

The 2019 NLC Institute begins in January 2019. 

The NLC Fellows are successful in their industries, risk-takers, and progressive advocates. Fellows have to commit to one weekend per month for five months in which each Fellow, along with 15-20 of their peers, participates in trainings on topics from messaging to finance to political management. To find out more on the Institute please visit the NLC Institutes page.

Applications are due at 12:00pm PST on October 1, 2018. Each applicant may apply to only one chapter.

The application fee is $30. After the application fee is paid, you will receive information on how to complete the written portion. 

NLC strives to provide access to programming to individuals regardless of their financial situation.  Therefore, we provide a limited number of application fee waivers to those whom the fee will create a financial hardship. If needing a waiver to complete the NLC application, please email your full name, contact information and reason for requesting a waiver to Waiver requests will be processed on a rolling basis. If your waiver request has been approved, you will be contacted with the next steps for completing your online application. The deadline for application fee waiver requests is September 15, 2018.  

If you have any questions, please contact Thank you for your interest in becoming a NLC Fellow!

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Each applicant may apply to only one chapter