Please apply on line here. [application is live August 1 through October 15]


October 15

When will I know if I am accepted?

Decisions will be made in early November, in time for spring registration.

Who should apply?

We invite applications from UMass Amherst undergraduates, regardless of major, class year, political affiliation or ideology, gender identity, or prior political experience.

Competitive applicants will be interested in learning about public service -- including, but not limited to, elected and appointed offices -- and be interested in developing their professional skills. They should have an interest in learning about the gender gap in politics and understanding better the importance of diversifying public leadership.

Though applicants must demonstrate an interest in public service, they do not need to have had prior experience (e.g. internships) in public service. Similarly, applicants do not need to have held previous leadership positions.

Applicants who are not accepted into the program are strongly encouraged to reapply the following year.

What are the requirements for UWiL?

Successful applicants are expected to attend a half-day Friday and full-day Saturday workshop in March and will be registered for a 1 credit, Tuesday evening Political Science course during the spring semester. Learn more about our workshop here, and learn more about the program components here.

How many students are accepted into the program?

We generally accept 20-25 students per year.


Please contact us if you have questions about your eligibility to apply.