How to Apply

Apply to participate in The Institute to build community with fellow Illinois students and cultivate valuable leadership skills. Dynamic, challenging, and exciting, the program is intended to produce a breakthrough in the leadership capacity of participants—benefiting them individually, as well as their respective communities and the organizations they will go on to lead and serve in the future.

About 65 Illinois students are selected each year to participate in The Institute. Students are selected and sponsored financially by their respective colleges, departments, or units. This sponsorship includes transportation to and from the Allerton Park Retreat Center and the Urbana-Champaign campus, room and board, and six days of dialogue and self-discovery in a supportive learning community.

To learn more about The Institute, we recommend you register for and attend one of our upcoming information sessions:

  • Wednesday, October 3, 1:00-2:00 PM, ILC Conference Room
  • Tuesday, October 9, 2:00-3:00 PM, ILC Conference Room
  • Thursday, October 11, 5:00-6:00 PM, ILC Conference Room

Click here to sign up for an Information Session


Applications can be submitted online between September 21, 2018 and October 19, 2018. In addition to responding to a series of essay questions, you will also be asked to upload a resume.

Click here to Apply