About Applying to Leadership Somerset

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(Adult Program)

Thank you for your interest in Leadership Somerset! 

Our program year starts in January and ends in December.  Applications for next year's class are typically available in August with a deadline of November 16 (extended from October 31).  Applicants must either live or work in Somerset County, NJ. to be eligible.

Virtual information sessions are held in September and October.  Get your questions answered at one of our information sessions. These brief virtual sessions will give you an understanding of the Leadership Somerset program as well as insight from alumni before you apply.  Sessions are held throughout the application season. Look for details on our Information Sessions page  and social media pages. Notices may also be shared by media outlets and community partners.

Leadership Somerset sessions are held monthly on the dates listed below for the 2021 program year. Sessions are held during the regular business day. Dependent on the evolving COVID-19 situation, the program will either convene in-person* full-day sessions (generally 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM) or convene in virtual** split-day sessions (such as 9-11:30 AM with a mid-day break, resuming virtual from 1:30-4 PM). 

*Please note that any in-person session will follow all necessary protocols to ensure the safety of Leadership Somerset program fellows, presenters, and staff. Our class size will not exceed our ability to ensure adequate social distancing in the meeting space we use. 
**Please contact staff if you have questions about participating in virtual sessions, and what technology will be helpful.

Applicants should check the 2021 session dates listed here with other obligations they have before applying. We do have an attendance requirement to graduate from the program and attendance at the first session in January is mandatory to continue in the program.

  • January 13 (mandatory attendance)
  • February 10
  • March 10
  • April 14
  • May 12
  • June 9
  • July 14
  • August 4
  • September 15
  • October 13
  • November 10
  • December 1 

Applying is easy and candidates can fill out an application form online.  The application form is available on this website during our application season.  Applications are due by October 31.  In addition to your personal and professional information, you will be asked to complete a few essay-type questions, which are designed to provide insight into your level of interest in leadership and Somerset County.  Applicants will be advised of their status (accepted, deferred, declined) by December 1. 

Leadership Somerset currently has a program fee of $375, which covers participation in all sessions, materials and meals. Limited financial assistance based on need is typically available.  There is no fee to apply.

Read our About Leadership Somerset brochure for more detailed information about this program.

Sign up to receive email alerts about Leadership Somerset, including details about open house dates and when the application for the next program year is available.  Simply provide your email address and select Leadership Somerset from the News list. 

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Class of 2015 Graduation Photo