Public Policy and Leadership Conference

The Public Policy and Leadership Conference(PPLC) is designed to inform students about careers in the public sector. The conference, held in mid-February at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, will encourage students who possess a commitment to public service to prepare for graduate study in public policy and international affairs, as well as to provide information on financial support through various fellowship programs. The conference aims to attract students from groups under-represented in public policy and international affairs in an effort to increase the diversity of students receiving these professional degrees. Participants receive paid travel, accommodations, and meals.


  • Applicants must be US citizens and permanent residents.
  • Applicants must be in their first or second year of undergraduate studies.
  • Applicants must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher.


The online application requires the following pieces:

  • Resumé
  • Personal statement essay
  • Letter of recommendation
  • College transcript(s)

Conference participants will be selected based on good academic standing, as well as demonstrated commitment to public service. Commitment to public service will be measured through student leadership and activism, participation in the civic aspects of school or community, and volunteer commitments in high school and college.


Applications are due in November 2018 on a TBD date. Successful candidates are notified in January.


Arthur D. Casciato, Ph.D.
Director, Office of Distinguished Fellowships
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey