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Leaders for the Future Recommendation Form

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The individual requesting this recommendation is applying for the Leaders for the Future program.  Please provide us with your assessment of this applicant using this form along with a concise letter of recommendation highlighting the candidate’s leadership interests, skills and work ethic. The deadline for submission is September 10, 2018 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time.

About the Program

Leaders for the Future is designed for Ph.D. students and postdoctoral scholars who seek to engage in immersives (internships, job shadowing, projects).  The program provides training in the skills needed to excel in diverse careers across industry, government and more.

Leaders for the Future  provides immersive experiences (internships, job shadowing, short projects, etc.) outside of academia.  Cutting-edge training in leadership skills, business communication, project management, innovation and entrepreneurship is provided to participants from all disciplines—including humanities, social sciences and STEM—through a series of workshops and other activities.  Limited funding is available to support postdoctoral scholars in internships.

Program Eligibility & Requirements

To be eligible for this program, candidates must be:

  • Must be a PhD Candidate on active student status (not on filing fee status or PELP), with priority given to those who have completed qualifying exams by program start (September 2018) or a postdoctoral scholar (title codes 3252, 3253, 3254, 3255, or 3256)  in any discipline.

  • In current program or appointment through the duration of Leaders for the Future program (September 2018 - May 2019).

Priority will be granted to those applicants who articulate their intent to participate in an immersive experience. 

Successful completion of the Leaders for the Future program requires:

  • Attendance at all required program events: 
  • Closing presentation at Closing Bootcamp.

Career Studio (self-organized gatherings of Leaders for the Future fellows from past and present cohorts for group work on resumes, cover letters, social media/LinkedIn profiles, interview preparation and other topics.  Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, GradPathways and Internship and Career Center events, workshops and programs.

Questions: Please contact Leaders for the Future Program Coordinator, Marjannie Akintunde, PhD, Internship and Career Center at or 530.752.8342.

Leaders for the Future is a collaboration between the Office of Research, Internship and Career Center, GradPathways (Graduate Studies) and the Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Funding is provided by the State of California through Assembly Bill 2664: University of California Innovation and Entrepreneurship Expansion.