The Bush Institute's Veteran Leadership Initiative
Application Process, Program Details, and Logistics
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Throughout the program, participants will hear from a variety of nationally known and distinguished professionals, educators, and experts in post 9/11 transition issues.
View program overview
For each accepted participant, Stand-To will be a six-month commitment, which will commence in June and conclude in November.
Module One: Opening Week
Monday, June 4, 2018 – Friday, June 8, 2018
Wednesday, July 18, 2018 – Friday, July 20, 2018
Tuesday, August 14, 2018 – Friday, August 17, 2018
Wednesday, September 12, 2018 – Friday, September 14, 2018
Wednesday, October 10, 2018 – Friday, October 12, 2018
Module Six: Closing Week / Graduation
Tuesday, November 13, 2018 – Friday, November 16, 2018
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 for the inaugural class are open from October 1, 2017 through December 1, 2017.
Stand-To will target rising leaders (both veterans and non-veterans) from a wide range of sectors who are working to improve post-9/11 veteran outcomes. Candidates are likely to hold a variety of roles including leader or board member of a veteran- serving non-profit, a funder focused in the veteran space, a business or community leader, as well as leaders in government and active military service.
Participants most successful in the program share certain personal characteristics:
- Socially Minded – Participants are service-oriented and passionate about the actions they take to improve veteran outcomes.
- Eager to Receive Feedback – Participants willingly seek, humbly accept, and actively respond to feedback about their performance.
- Accepting of Diverse Points of View – Participants welcome opportunities to interact with and learn from others with different backgrounds or perspectives.
- Experienced Professionals – Participants are accomplished professionals who have a breadth and depth of professional experience. Though “quality” is not easily measured in time, the majority of participants have 5+ years of professional experience that is outcome-oriented and veteran-centric, and are at a point in their careers where their participation will be felt for many years to come.
- Demonstrated Leadership – Participants are interested in building on their established record of meaningful leadership and do not see this program as an introductory course on leadership.
- In Positions of Influence – Participants are expected to take action and make change in their communities or organizations.
- Committed to the Program – The program is rigorous and intense. Over the course of the six-month program, participants are required to be on site at modules for approximately 20 days and spend 50+ hours on pre- and post-module assignments. To qualify for consideration, applicants must be U.S. citizens or legal residents living and working in the United States who are able to get to the United States at their own expense for each module.
APPLICATION AND 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. Interviews will be conducted in February 2018 and final acceptance notifications will be distributed by the end of March 2018.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: How often will I be required to travel and how many days of work will I miss?
A: Stand-To requires a six-month commitment. During that time, participants meet for a five-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 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 six-month program.
Q: Is there an application fee?
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.
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 initiative 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 the program, 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 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 will be able to be put into practice for many years to come.
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.