NEW LeadershipNew Jersey Application

NEW Leadership™ New Jersey is a program hosted by the Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP) at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey to educate, empower, and encourage college women to become politically active and to take on leadership roles.

The NEW Leadership™ summer institute is a non-partisan, six-day residential program that will take place June 7-12, 2018 at the Eagleton Institute of Politics in New Brunswick, New Jersey. During the summer institute, students meet women leaders, learn about women in American politics, and develop and practice leadership skills through panel discussions, workshops, and hands-on projects. After the summer institute, participants are encouraged to continue to develop their leadership skills. NEW Leadership™ alumnae will be invited to return to CAWP for special events and programs.


NEW Leadership™ is supported by donations from corporate sponsors and individuals that cover some of the program costs. Each participating college and university is asked to pay a $500 program fee per student. Housing, food, and all program materials are provided for the full six days of the program. There is no direct cost to the students.

Applicants are required to provide contact information for a faculty or staff member at their school who will agree to assist them in obtaining funding for the NEW Leadership™ program fee.  A limited number of scholarships will be available to students who are unable to obtain sponsorship from their schools.


NEW Leadership™ New Jersey is open to undergraduate students enrolled for the 2016-2017 academic year in any New Jersey college or university, as well as New Jersey residents enrolled in out-of-state schools. CAWP is committed to including women from diverse socioeconomic, ethnic and racial backgrounds in each NEW Leadershipprogram. We strongly encourage women of color, nontraditional college women, and students majoring in fields outside political science to apply.


NEW Leadership™New Jersey participants are expected to attend all summer institute sessions and live on campus during the entire program June 7-12, 2018. If you are accepted you will be required to acknowledge and agree to meet these requirements.

Accepted students are required to confirm their intention to attend, at which point the school will be billed for the $500 program fee. Rutgers University cannot offer a refund in the event that a student does not attend the program.

Applications must be received by Sunday, April 1, 2018. Fill out the online application below or

Applications by mail may be sent to:
Sasha Patterson, NEW Leadership™ Project Director
Center for American Women and Politics
191 Ryders Lane
New Brunswick, New Jersey 08901
email the application in .pdf or .doc format to

Online Application
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