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The Leadership Program

Applying to the Leadership Program

Program Dates

The 2016 Leadership Program begins on Monday, June 6, and ends on Friday, August 12.


The online application is available October 1, 2015. Please note that you can and we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible, even if you don’t have all the forms completed.  You are still  able to go into your application and edit any of your documents at any time prior to the Deadline of December 20, 2015 This way we can start to look at what you have and make suggestions and send e-mail notifications with deadlines.

Please click the link below to access the application:

Qualtrics On-line Application (Currently not available)

Program Eligibility

Both national and international students who meet the criteria specified below are eligible to participate in the Cornell Summer Research and Leadership Program. The program requires a full-time commitment. The compact schedule and interactive nature of program events precludes part-time employment or professional activities other than those connected with the program. Prospective applicants are encouraged to discuss their candidacy with faculty advisors or students who have participated in the program in earlier years. Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Have completed one year of the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree or its equivalent by June 1 of the program year for which they apply.
  • Be at least six months from graduation in an accredited veterinary college.
  • Have a strong interest in research. The program is not recommended for students who see their definitive future in private practice.

Candidate Selection

Competition for Leadership Program fellowships is intense. Although the life experiences, culture, and academic backgrounds of program fellows are diverse, all are highly motivated, and possess the ability to become future leaders in academic veterinary medicine and the biomedical sciences at large. Criteria for student selection are based on the following:

  • Academic record
  • Work experience
  • Research accomplishments (if relevant)
  • Personal achievements
  • Leadership potential
  • Demonstrated interest in a research career

Completing the Application

You will need the following information and documents:

College/University Education

List all degrees received and expected to be received (including current veterinary training). Institution, date attended, degree, major, date received/expected, and class rank (if known) should be provided.


Submit undergraduate and veterinary school transcripts.  You will need to combine and upload the transcripts as one document.

Career Goals and Relevant Experience Section

Complete five questions relating to your career goals and experience.

Research Preferences

List project area preferences based on provided list.

Curriculum Vitae

Including the following information:
Academic and Professional Honors - Specify name, purpose, sponsor and date of each award.
Work Experience - Include all work experience whether part-time, full-time or voluntary.
Publications (if relevant) - Citations should list authors, full title, journal, volume, page numbers and year of publication. Three reprints of each publication are requested but are not required.
Personal Interests and Achievements - Typical entries include but are not limited to musical ability, athletic activities, debating experience, and other activities that reflect leadership and personal achievement.


It is important that references be carefully selected. The individual writing a letter in support of your application (referee) should be able to comment on your qualifications for a career in your chosen field of study. At least two reference letters, but no more than four, should be submitted with the application.  All letters must be on letterhead and signed with a title and an explanation as to how they know you.  This is part of the online application.