Who should apply?

Who should apply to NEW Leadership® New Jersey?

NEW Leadership® is open to students at all higher education institutions in New Jersey. Eligible applicants must be registered for the 2021-2022 academic year in either a two-year institution or be a rising junior or senior at a  four-year institution.

CAWP is committed to including students from diverse socioeconomic, sexual orientations, gender identities, and ethnic and racial backgrounds in each NEW Leadership® program. We strongly encourage students of color, non-traditional students, students who may be gender non-conforming, nonbinary, or transgender and students majoring in fields outside political science to apply.

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"Not only did I gain leadership skills, I left the program with a strong network of future leaders."

At NEW Leadership® you will

• DISCOVER your own leadership potential

• LEARN about the political process and how policy decisions are made

• BECOME an effective advocate for the issues you care about

• MEET successful women leaders

• BUILD valuable networks with peers and mentors


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. There is no direct cost to the students. Meals for all virtual and in-person programming will be subsidized by the Center for American Women and Politics and students will receive additional materials and resources.

Applicants are required to provide contact information for a faculty or staff member at their school who agrees 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.

Check the NJ Participating Schools Contact Information tab for contacts who have agreed to help students find funding and contact NEW Leadership director, Christabel Cruz at christabel.cruz@rutgers.edu if you cannot reach a funding contact.