Thank you for your interest in the Gephardt Institute’s civic leadership programs. The Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement supports student learning, engagement, and leadership in civic life

Our civic leadership programs provide powerful experiences that support experiential education, civic leadership development, internship opportunities, and help you explore how to align civic and community engagement with your own passions and skills. 

To learn more about the civic leadership programs and the opportunities available, visit our Civic Leadership Programs page.

Application Process

The application process is common for both Civic Scholars and St. Louis Fellows. To submit your application, please ensure the following have been completed: 

  1. Submit your completed application (below), including your resume and essays responses, online by 9 p.m. CST on Friday, Jan. 19, 2024. 
    1. We advise that you work on your application essays in the form of a Word document first. Copy and paste your responses from the Word document into the online form to avoid any potential technical issues. Gephardt has also provided a fillable PDF to help you draft your application, but final responses must be submitted through the application form. Please include all Washington University affiliations, including student organizations, scholarship programs, and work/internship commitments on your resume. Additionally, your resume should highlight any significant civic and community engagement experience.
  2. Ensure your recommendation form responses are submitted online via this form by 5 p.m. CST on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2024. Applicants should solicit one recommendation as part of your application.  

    For Civic Scholars applicants, the recommender MUST be a WashU faculty or staff member.

    For St. Louis Fellows Program applicants, the recommender can be anyone who can speak to your engagement in a community setting, with a strong preference for either a WashU faculty/staff member or someone who is familiar with your interests, work, and involvement in the past year.

For more information about Gephardt Institute Civic Leadership Programs and the application process, please visit our programs hub on our website, or contact Sonia Sequeira at soniasequeira@wustl.edu

Common Application

This application is used for all Gephardt Institute civic leadership programs. Once started, this application cannot be saved. We highly recommend planning ahead and drafting your essay responses outside of this form before planning to submit your application. Gephardt has provided a fillable PDF to help you draft your application, but final responses must be submitted through the form below.

Please note: Upon selecting a program to apply for in the form below, you will receive additional prompts and an essay question to complete.

Thank you for your interest in advancing your learning, engagement, and leadership in civic life.  We look forward to reviewing your application soon!

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