Recruitment & Admissions


Successful applicants must complete a rigorous, multi-tiered application process, mirroring the admissions process for highly selective colleges and universities.

To gain admission to the LEDA Scholars Program, students must complete a competitive application. The three-round process requires academic information and test scores, a personal statement and supplemental essay, a writing sample, biographical information, information on extracurricular activities, family financial information, and an interview for finalists.

Competitive applicants must meet particular eligibility and admission requirements. To learn more about the criteria, click here.

The 2016-2017 LEDA application is now closed. Please check back in September 2017 for next year’s application.

Application timeline:

  • September–December 2016: Interested applicants can begin to complete and submit the LEDA Scholars application
  • December 12, 2016: Final submission deadline at 11:59 PM in order to be considered for the 2016-2017 cycle
  • December 2016–April 2017: Applications are reviewed by the Recruitment and Admissions Team
    • Late February-March 2017: All Part I applications are notified. Qualified applicants are invited to submit materials for Part II.
    • March 2017: All Part II applicants are notified and finalists are invited to participate in a video or phone interview. Finalists are interviewed by the Recruitment and Admissions Team.
    • April 2017: 100 LEDA Scholars are admitted to the LEDA Scholars Program

If you have any questions about LEDA’s recruitment and admissions process that is not answered on our website, please contact us at

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