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Stand-to Veteran Leadership Program

Application Process, Program Details, and Logistics

Applications are currently closed.  Please sign up for updates from the Bush Center for future application announcements.

Program Logistics

Throughout the Stand-To Veteran Leadership Program (VLP), participants will hear from a variety of nationally known and distinguished professionals, educators, and experts in veteran and military family transition issues. 

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2021 Schedule

For each accepted participant, Stand-To VLP will be a five-month commitment, which will commence in June and conclude in October.

Thank you to everyone who submitted an application for the 2021 George W. Bush Institute Stand-To Veteran Leadership Program (VLP). We would like to update you on the 2021 program schedule. As COVID-19 continues to impact our country, we have determined the first two modules (of five total modules) of this year's Stand-To Veteran Leadership Program will be held virtually in June and July. We are hopeful that we will be able to resume in-person modules in August, September, and October. The health and well-being of everyone associated with VLP is our top priority.

Whether virtual or in-person, we look forward to a collaborative and engaging 2021 program with great speakers, enriching content, and a distinctive leadership development experience. As we all learned in 2020, a lot can be accomplished virtually, and we are excited to bring together another exceptional cohort of scholars who are committed to improving outcomes for post-9/11 veterans and their families.  Of course, while COVID-19 has disrupted the way we come together, we know that the work of supporting military veterans and their families continues and has never been more important.

     Module One:               June 9, 2021 – June 12, 2021
     Module Two:               July 14, 2021 – July 16, 2021
     Module Three:            August 18, 2021 – August 20, 2021
     Module Four:              September 22, 2021 – September 24, 2021
     Module Five:               October 18, 2021 – October 23, 2021*

*Please note that Module Five dates will be narrowed down but we are asking that you hold the entire week until final dates are confirmed.

Program Cost

The Bush Institute is committed to ensuring that leaders from across the country can participate in this program at no cost.  Tuition, housing, meals, and travel during the modules are fully funded by generous contributions from program partners and funders. 

How to Apply

Applications are currently closed.

Stand-To VLP targets rising leaders (active duty military service members, veterans, and civilians) from a wide range of sectors who are working to improve outcomes for veterans and military families through professional and/or community engagement. Candidates are likely to hold a variety of roles including board member or leader of a veteran-serving non-profit, a funder or corporate leader engaged in veteran-specific initiatives, as well as those serving in all levels of government.


Selection Process

Candidates will be assessed by their application submission, recommendations, and essays.  After review, select candidates will then be invited to participate in final interviews.  Finalist notifications will be made in mid-March 2021, interviews will be conducted in mid-April 2021, and final acceptance notifications will be distributed at the end of April 2021.



Q: How often will I be required to travel and how many days of work will I miss?

A: Stand-To VLP requires a five-month commitment. During that time, participants meet for a four-day opening module, which is followed by three days of meeting per month. The program concludes with a four-day module. Please see the program schedule for required dates.

Please note that some participants may need to travel the day before a module begins in order to arrive in time for the start of the session. Stand-To VLP was designed so that participants could remain in their jobs while in the program, but we encourage you to discuss the opportunity with your employer and ensure their support for the schedule that is required of accepted participants. 

Q: I have a conflict with one of the scheduled module dates. Can I still participate?

A: Participants are expected to participate in all scheduled program events in their entirety throughout the duration of the five-month program.


Q: Is there an application fee?

A: No.

Q: What is the cost to attend?

A: The Bush Institute is committed to ensuring that leaders in this field and from across the country can participate in this program at no cost. Tuition, housing, meals, and travel during the modules are fully funded by contributions from program partners and funders.

Q: Are there travel costs that are not covered?

A: Participants are responsible for the costs of transportation to and from the airport and airport parking in the participant’s home city. Meals outside of the module (while traveling, before or after the module, etc.) are not covered. Each participant is also expected to provide a credit card for incidental charges at each hotel.

Program Details

Q: Can I receive college credit hours?

A: This leadership development program does not qualify for college credit.

Q: Is this an accredited program?

A: This program is for leadership development and is not overseen by an accrediting body.

Q: What commitments are expected of alumni?

A: Alumni are expected to remain involved in the program through a variety of ways. This includes recruiting and mentoring new participants, sharing leadership experiences with new classes, and participating in follow-up interviews and surveys to measure program outcomes. Alumni will also be encouraged to stay connected with each other, and provide valued support to the projects and initiatives pursued after their time in the program.

Q: I’m interested in Stand-To VLP, but can’t attend this year. How can I receive information about the program in the future?

A: Sign up to receive future program notifications and updates.


Q: Is there an age minimum or maximum for participants?

A: Ideal candidates will have 5+ years of professional experience.  While there is no maximum age, participants are expected to be at a point in their careers where their participation in Stand-To VLP will be able to be put into practice for many years to come.

Q: If I have less than five years of experience, can I still apply?

A: Exceptionally qualified candidates with less than five years of experience will be considered for this program.

Q: I’m an American citizen living overseas. Am I still eligible to participate?

A: Yes, however, selected participants will be responsible for their international air transportation to the United States in preparation for each Module.  As with all participants, tuition, housing, meals, and travel during the modules are fully funded by contributions from program partners and funders. 

Q: Is a college degree necessary to qualify for consideration?

A: No, but participants are expected to be at a point in their careers where their participation in Stand-To VLP will be able to be put into practice for many years to come.

Q: Do I need to be an active duty military service member or a veteran to apply?

A: No. Civilians, active duty military service members, and veterans who are working to advance veteran outcomes are all encouraged to apply.


Q: Can I nominate a participant for consideration?

A: Applications are open to anyone.  While nominations are not accepted, please share information of the program with candidates you believe are well qualified. Interested applicants can join the mailing list to receive more information about the program.