Leadership Fellows

A Certificate in Personal and Organizational Leadership adds valuable leadership expertise to your resume. This program focuses on leadership development through academic courses.

NOTE: This program is available to all UGA students.


In addition to coursework, students are required to participate in these activities which reinforce commitment to civic issues, service, and volunteerism.

  • Program Orientation
    Each spring students meet other new members of the program, learn more about program expectations, and commit to program requirements.
  • Ropes Course
    Each fall students will attend a half day ropes course to enhance team building.
  • Fellows Service-Learning Project
    During this semester-long project, students are assigned to teams of five to six students and address a challenge faced by a community organization.
  • Corporate Site Visits
    Students visit a company’s headquarters for a day each semester. Typically, students meet with senior level executives who share the company’s leadership mission, learn the company culture, and often tour the premises. Past visits have included Fortune 500 companies like the Coca-Cola Company, Turner Broadcasting Systems, Delta Airlines, and Walmart.


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The core of our curriculum is a set of courses that include personal assessments, the study of leadership paradigms, and the application of leadership scholarship to the understanding of self and organizational effectiveness.

Required Courses


Nine hours of additional electives are required to complete the certification.

Those who participate in UGA’s Honors Program receive honors credit for ILAD courses.


Applicants to this program must:

  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.2
  • Have completed 45 hours at UGA

In addition to these eligibility requirement, applicants will be evaluated on:

  • Academic excellence
  • Demonstrated Leadership experience since finishing high school
  • Commitment to participate in a leadership development program

How to Apply

The online application is open from December 1–January 31. Sixty students are selected annually.

To apply:

  • Complete an online application indicating your demonstrated leadership experience including university activities, community service and work, as well as answer two essay questions.

NOTE: If you are a Terry student you may apply to both the Leadership Scholars and the Leadership Fellows programs, but you will ultimately be accepted to only one.