Recruitment & Admissions


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

The 2020-2021 LEDA application is now open. To start or continue your application, please click here.

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.

Our flyer, which includes a summary of what LEDA offers, can be downloaded from

For more information about how to complete the application, visit our FAQ page. If you have any additional questions about LEDA’s recruitment and admissions process, please contact us at

2020-2021 application timeline:

  • September–December 2020: Interested applicants can begin and submit the LEDA Scholars application
  • December 14, 2020: Final submission deadline at 11:59 PM (PST)
  • December 2020–April 2021: Applications are reviewed by the Recruitment and Admission team
    • Late February-March 2021: All applicants are notified about Part I of the process. Applicants moving on to Part II are asked to submit additional materials.
    • March-April 2021: All Part II applicants are notified and finalists are invited to participate in a video or phone interview.
    • April-May 2021: All remaining applicants are notified, and 100 LEDA Scholars are admitted to the LEDA Scholars Program.

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