Career and Alumni Services

LEDA Career Fellow Application FAQ

Frequently asked questions about the LEDA Career Fellow application process

UPDATE: At this time, we are looking forward to hosting the 2020 LEDA Career Institute at New York University in August. We are closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic and will provide an update on this event should anything change.

In this FAQ:



  1. What is the income cut-off?
    LEDA will review every application that is submitted; however, if your family makes more than $90,000 per year, your admission to the Career Institute is very unlikely. The average income of participants is $35,800 per year.
  2. What if I am not low-income but I am a first-generation college student?
    While we do give particular consideration to those who are first-generation college students, you must also meet the income requirements of the program.
  3. If I attended a community college and then transferred to a four-year institution where my status will be a sophomore/second-year, can I still apply for the Career Institute?
    Yes, the Career Institute is for members of the Class of 2023, who can be classified as rising college sophomores. We ask that all applicants have successfully completed their first year of college by the start of the Career Institute in August 2020.
  4. If I am not a U.S. Citizen, can I still apply?
    We accept students who are U.S. citizens, Permanent Residents, or hold DACA status.


Application Requirements

  1. If my GPA is lower than a 3.0 GPA, can I still apply to the Career Institute?
    LEDA will review every application that is submitted. If your GPA is below 3.0, please email us at with a statement elaborating on your academic situation.
  2. What if I have not participated in extracurricular activities during my first year of college?
    We will also accept any involvement during high school.



  1. How will I be getting to New York City?
    LEDA will book your round-trip travel accommodations based on your home or school address. If you are studying abroad prior to the start of the Career Institute, we will not cover international travel expenses. You are responsible for travel expenses to return to the U.S.
  2. Does LEDA pay to check luggage?
    No. Your flight reservation allows for one carry-on item. If you plan to check a bag, you are responsible for the cost.



  1. What is the cost of the Career Institute?
    The Career Institute is completely free. LEDA pays for all travel and living expenses during the Career Institute. Career Fellows are welcome to bring spending money for souvenirs or eating off-campus.
  2. Do I have to attend the entire program?
    Yes, you must be available for the entire program. The program dates for 2020 are Saturday, August 8, through Wednesday, August 12.

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