Gorton Center Global Leaders Program


The Gorton Leaders Program (GLP) offers six-month fellowships to current undergraduate and graduate students whose degrees focus on international relations and U.S. policy. Fellows participate in a series of roundtables with foreign policy experts and other GLP alumni. The Gorton Center at NBR awards fellowships, plus a modest stipend, each year to a small class of fellows from universities in the Pacific Northwest.

The GLP aims to cultivate and mentor the next generation of policy leaders by networking opportunities and providing policy-focused classes and discussions. The GLP curriculum focuses on three policy areas: democracy and China; national security; and innovation, technology, and intellectual property.

*Due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Gorton Center will offer an abbreviated five-month fellowship for the 2021 class of fellows and will welcome its eighth class of fellows in February 2021.

Eligibility Requirements

Qualified applicants for the Gorton Leaders Program will:

  • Be an upper-level undergraduate or graduate student.
  • Be pursuing a degree in International Relations, Political Science, International Law, Foreign Area Studies, or a related field.
  • Demonstrate strong academic and professional potential for development on topics related to international affairs, as well as a deep interest in U.S. foreign policy.

Application Requirements

To be considered for a fellowship, an applicant must submit the following materials through the Gorton Center’s application website:

  • A one-page summarized resume (full academic CVs will not be reviewed).
  • A one- to two-page cover letter that addresses your qualifications for the fellowship and how this program will contribute to your studies and future career plans.
  • A two-page writing sample on a foreign policy topic of your choice.
  • A letter of recommendation letter from a supervisor*

*If you are unable to submit a letter of recommendation from a supervisor by the application deadline, please include the contact information of a supervisor who can provide a verbal reference.

Application Deadline and Selection Process

Applications for the 2022 fellowship period will open in early October 2021.

About the Slade Gorton Policy Center

The Slade Gorton Policy Center, founded in 2010, is a policy research center at the National Bureau of Asian Research established in honor of former U.S. Senator Slade Gorton’s 60-plus years of public service to Washington State and the nation. The Center works to inspire the next generation of leaders in the field of international affairs. The Center’s work promotes Senator Gorton’s values of principled leadership, rigorous analysis, intellectual pursuit, integrity, effectiveness, bipartisanship, and public service. Learn more.

The Slade Gorton Policy Center is located at The National Bureau of Asian Research at 1414 NE 42nd St., Suite 300, Seattle, WA 98105.