Susan N. Wilson NEW Leadership® New Jersey 2020 Summer Institute Application

NEW Leadership® is a statewide college women’s public leadership training program at the Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP), a unit of the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers-New Brunswick. This six-day residential summer institute educates college women about the important role that politics plays in their lives, introduces them to successful women leaders, and provides them with the tools to become more involved in the political process.

With the recent shift in public focus towards the representation of women in American politics, CAWP’s mission of promoting greater knowledge about women's participation in politics and government and its over four decades of analyzing and interpreting women’s participation in American politics have provided a foundation and context for our current times. CAWP’s education and outreach programs, such as NEW Leadership®, translate its cutting-edge research findings into action, providing NEW Leadership® participants with the opportunity to learn from scholars and affiliates of CAWP and gain access to its many resources.

The Susan N. Wilson NEW Leadership® New Jersey summer institute is a non-partisan, six-day residential program that will take place June 11-16, 2020 at the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University 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 become part of NEWL’s national network of distinguished alumnae.


The Susan N. Wilson NEW Leadership® New Jersey program is supported by the generous 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 $500 NEW Leadership® program fee. For a list of the individuals at each institution who have agreed to assist with funding, please check our website. A limited number of scholarships will be available to students who are unable to obtain sponsorship from their schools.


The Susan N. Wilson NEW Leadership® New Jersey program is open to undergraduate students (with the exception of rising sophomores at four-year institutions) enrolled for the 2019-2020 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 Leadership® program. 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 11-16, 2020. 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 Monday, April 13, 2020.