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Frequently Asked Questions

Thank you for your interest in the Pepperdine Cross Sector Leadership Fellows Program! We hope that you choose to apply. We've broken our FAQs down into four sections for ease of use. We will continue to update this page as we receive relevant inquiries.

Pepperdine Cross Sector Leadership Fellows Program

What's the curriculum for the Fellows program?

The Fellows program curriculum focuses in three areas: personal leadership development; cross sector leadership skills, and models and practices of cross sector collaboration. To learn more about this, visit: Curriculum.​

What are the goals of the Pepperdine Cross Sector Leadership Fellows program?

The program's goals are that Fellows:

  • Grow in their individual leadership development; valuing, understanding, and application of cross sector leadership skills; and in their familiarity and understanding of the practice and models of cross sector collaboration.
  • Apply what they are learning to advance the work of their cross sector project.
  • Believe that all the programming is designed and delivered in a clear, logical, and engaging way.
  • Develop strong, supportive, and candid relationships with each other and with guest speakers and faculty.

What's unique about the Pepperdine Cross Sector Leadership Fellows program?

There are many things that make the Fellows program a profound experience, but here are three things that make it truly unique:

  1. Cross Sector Leadership and Collaboration - While there are many fellowships, leadership development programs, and executive education opportunities to choose from, the Pepperdine Cross Sector Leadership Fellows' program focus and curriculum is exclusively about building practitioners' capacity to do the work of cross sector leadership and collaboration in order to solve complex problems.
  2. Practitioner Focus - In addition to building Fellows' capacity to practice cross sector leadership, the program supports the advancement of each Fellows' cross sector project. As a result, for the majority of the program, the learning is framed in order to enable Fellows to learn, explore, and "try on" practices and strategies within their own cross sector projects.
  3. The Cohort - Upon completing high school, college, or graduate school, it's rare to be learning alongside people of widely different demographics, expertise, and industry/sector experience. The Fellowship's intention around creating a diverse cohort is the foundation and source of much of the rich learning and relationship-building that happens throughout the program.

What is the time commitment of the Pepperdine Cross Sector Leadership Fellows program?

During each of the months of the in-person Learning Experiences, Fellows will spend four full days together. For the other months that comprise the Fellowship, they should estimate spending about 10 hours per month engaging in additional learning, reading, and networking.

The Application and Selection Process

What do I need to submit in order to be considered a candidate for the 2018 Pepperdine Cross Sector Leadership Fellows Program?

In order to be considered for the 2018 Pepperdine Cross Sector Leadership Fellows program, candidates must submit a completed application packet which includes the following:

  1. Online application form, which includes uploading your resume and describing a cross sector project you propose to work on during the Fellowship.
  2. Online recommendation form, by someone who knows you and your work well (one recommendation is required, and up to two recommendations will be accepted).

If you want to be eligible for the Early Bird Application discount, you and your recommender must submit your materials by Monday, July 24, 2017, 11:59 pm PT.

What are the deadlines to submit my application packet?

  • Early Bird Application Deadline: Monday, July 24, 2017, 11:59 pm PT. Candidates who have submitted their completed application packet (application and recommendation) by this deadline are eligible for a discounted program fees.
  • Final Application Deadline: Monday, November 6, 2017, 11:59 pm PT. Candidates who have submitted their completed application packet (application and recommendation) by this deadline are eligible for the program paying the full fee.

How do I submit my application?

You are required to complete and submit the application online.

Who should I have write my recommendation?

Someone who knows you and your work well. In our process, your recommender's knowledge of you and your fit for the program is what matters most. There's no real advantage to having someone with an important title, but limited knowledge of you write your recommendation. All recommendations must be submitted online using the recommendations form.

Can I submit more than one letter of recommendation?

Yes, you may submit up to two letters of recommendation.

What should I do if information in my application changed and needs to be updated?

If information in your application changes, please email crosssector@pepperdine.edu and provide the new information by the application deadline. This includes anything from if your job title has changed, to if you have updated information about your financial commitment to provide. If you submitted a complete application before the Early Bird Deadline, providing updated information will not change your eligibility for Early Bird pricing.

What is the School looking for in Fellows program candidates?

The Pepperdine Cross Sector Leadership Fellows program approaches the selection of candidates through a cohort-based lens. This means that we are trying to form a cohort that mirrors a cross sector collaboration and reflects the diversity of our country across a range of dimensions: sector, experience, strengths, demographics, geography, issue area. When we review individual applications, we're looking to identify mid- to late-career professionals who have:

  • A record of professional achievement
  • Potential for further growth
  • Learning orientation
  • Interest in and commitment to cross sector leadership and collaboration
  • Capacity to contribute to the Fellowship cohort
  • Enthusiasm for the Fellowship opportunity
  • Capacity to contribute to positive impact on the problem they are trying to solve through their proposed cross sector project​

How are the Fellows selected? (Or what happens after I submit my application packet?)

The Pepperdine Cross Sector Leadership Fellows program approaches the selection of candidates through a cohort-based lens. This means that we are trying to form a cohort that mirrors a cross sector collaboration. In order to achieve this goal, we've developed a multi-step process for selection:

  • All completed application packets (application and recommendation) are reviewed and scored by three members of our selection committee made up of Pepperdine Cross Sector Leadership Fellows program staff, faculty, and alums of the Fellows program.
  • Based on the application packet scores, a subset of qualified applicants move forward as finalists and are invited to participate in an interview.
  • The finalist data – from the interview and the application review stages – are then reviewed by the selection committee with a lens toward building the best cohort possible. At this stage, we do take into account sector of employment, demographics, experience, and geography.
  • Applicants are then notified as to whether they have been accepted, waitlisted, or declined for the 2018 Fellowship cohort.

How long after I submit my application and recommendation will I know if I was accepted to the program?

All applicants will be notified as to whether they have been accepted, waitlisted, or declined by Friday, December 18, 2017.

I've applied previously to the Fellowship program and wasn't accepted, is it worth it for me to apply again?

We think so. We have had more than one Fellow who has had to apply twice before being accepted.

Program Fees and Scholarships

What are the program fees for the 2018 Pepperdine Cross Sector Leadership Fellows program?

For all sectors, Early Bird pricing (by 7/24/17) is $15,750, and Transition Year Deadline pricing (by 11/6/17) is $16,500.

What does the Pepperdine Cross Sector Leadership Fellows program fee include?

  • 12 days of in-person learning in Los Angeles, Washington, DC, New York City, and San Francisco, including transportation during the experience. Each experience includes 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 1 dinner, snacks, and at least 1 reception, as well as optional activities.
  • Additional learning, reading, and networking before and between in-person learning experiences.
  • A resource library of articles, podcasts, books, toolkits, and videos to support your learning.

What doesn't the Pepperdine Cross Sector Leadership Fellows program fee cover?

Please note that the program fee does not include travel to/from Fellowship Learning Experience sites, or lodging.

Does the program cover travel and lodging expenses?

No, the program fees do not cover travel and lodging expenses. There is a lodging package that offers reduced.

Is there a lodging package?

Yes. If accepted, a lodging package will be available to you. In previous years of the program, Fellows have indicated that staying at the lodging package hotels makes the program more enjoyable and affords more time to build connection with fellow Fellows.

For context, 2017 lodging costs for each Learning Experience were as follows:

We expect to be staying at the same hotels in 2018. We are currently unable to provide you with the exact numbers for the 2018 Lodging Package.

How have past Fellows paid for the program?

We have found that Fellows can be very creative in finding ways to fund their participation in the program-- and we encourage it! It's a skill that serves practitioners of cross sector leadership well. While some Fellows have been fortunate to work in organizations that will support this type of investment in professional development, others have had to get more creative:

  • A Fellow pitched a number of departments in a large institution to invest in his participation, in return he provided them with trainings on what he learned.
  • A Fellow built the funding of her Fellowship into her grant budget with a funder, as she used the initiative they were funding as her cross sector project, and the Fellowship to advance the initiative.
  • A Fellow asked her organization to match her personal investment in the program fee.
  • A Fellow crowdfunded her participation in the program.

Does the Pepperdine Cross Sector Leadership Fellows Program offer scholarships?

Yes, but only partial scholarships. The Presidio Institute Fellows program is a cohort-based experience. We aim to build a cohort of 24 individuals who reflect the diversity of our country in terms of sector, demographics, geography, and experience. We are only able to provide a limited number of partial scholarships for program fees. We do not provide full scholarships and are not able to subsidize travel or lodging. If you would like to be considered for a partial scholarship, please indicate it in the section of the candidate applications that asks about scholarships. 

In the selection process, your request for a scholarship will not be considered until the very end of the process. We chose the best possible cohort and then see how many of them need scholarships, and how many we are able to provide.

Miscellaneous

What is the relationship between the Fellows Program and Pepperdine's School of Public Policy?

The Fellows Program has become one of the School of Public Policy mid-career professional certificate programs. In this, it joins similar training and certificate programs already offered by our Davenport Institute for Public Engagement and Civic Leadership.