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The Grad Leadership academy is accepting applications for the 2021-2022 year, due April 9, 2021.

The Grad Leadership Academy, formerly the Inner Mountain Community Leadership Program, prepares Montana State University graduate students for equitable and inclusive collaborative leadership. Based on the philosophy that complex challenges require diverse voices and life experiences for their solution, the program is centered on a transdisciplinary community of fellow graduate students working together through workshops and collaborative projects.

How will students accomplish these program goals? What is the curriculum?

The first semester examines the relationship between leadership and inclusivity from both practical and theoretical perspectives. During the second semester, participants directly practice their newfound knowledges by collaboratively designing and implementing student-driven service-learning projects that promote equity and inclusion within the MSU community, and these projects will unfold with assistance from university partners.

For information on the curriculum, view the 2020-2021Grad Leadership Academy Currciulum Overview (PDF). The 2021-2022 curriculum has yet to be determined.

Am I eligible to apply?

Most likely, yes! So long as you have already completed at least one-year of graduate study at MSU or another institution, expect to be a graduate student through all of Fall 2021 and Spring 2022, and you are a student in good standing with the graduate school, then you are eligible to apply. Both online and on-campus graduate students are welcome. You will be asked to respond to a writing prompt and, finally, provide one letter of recommendation.

How do I apply?

Prospective applicants can click on the link to complete this questionnaire. The questionnaire includes a short essay prompt as well as a place to upload your repsonse. The short essay prompt is:

"Please include a description of past leadership experiences, especially with professional or community engagement."

Please note: we recommend you upload your essay before submitting your application; however, applicants may also begin a new application at any point.     

In addition to the essay, this questionnaire also includes a request for a letter of recommendation. Referees should upload their recommendation to this MSU Box Account. Please share this link with whomever you ask to write your letter of recommendation so this person can upload their file directly.

When do I need to apply, and when will the Graduate School respond to my application?

Prospective students should plan to have all materials, including their letters of recommendation, submitted on or before April 9th, 2021. The Graduate School will respond to applications on or before May 3rd, 2021.   

What commitments do I need to make to the program? What commitments does the program make to me?

  • Individual workshops are three hours each and they will occur approximately once every three weeks during the Fall semester, and less frequently in the Spring semester.
  • The Graduate School will coordinate fall workshop dates and times based on input from cohort members.
  • Cohort members will also meet during the spring semester based on their service-learning project needs.
  • In addition to professional development training, program participants will also benefit from increased networking and mentorship opportunities.
  • Upon completion of the program, participants will receive a $500 scholarship award.


"I have learned a lot about ways to be an inclusive leader and leading with compassion. This is not something that you learn very much about being in a hard science like engineering."

"I have learned so much in this program about how to be a more inclusive leader. I really appreciated hearing so many different perspectives of leadership."

"I loved being exposed to a wide range of leadership principles and theories from people who come from diverse academic and professional backgrounds. Participating in IMLP has made me more aware of some important topics in leadership that I had not encountered before, and was an encouragement on my leadership journey moving forward."

Who do I contact if I have questions about the program or I need additional help in completing the application?

You can contact the Graduate School at:

The Graduate School
Montana State University
P.O. Box 172580
Bozeman, MT 59717-2580

Tel: (406) 994-4145
Toll Free: 1-800-255-7962
Fax: (406) 994-4733
E-mail: [email protected]
Location: 108 Montana Hall