Gorton Leaders Program

Application for the 2022 fellowship period will close on November 28, 2021. Applications must be submitted through the Gorton Center’s application website.


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 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 who are deeply invested in their communities by providing networking opportunities and policy-focused classes and discussions. The GLP curriculum focuses on three policy areas: democracy and China; national security; and innovation, technology, and intellectual property

Eligibility Requirements

Qualified applicants for the Gorton Leaders Program will:

  • Be an upper-level undergraduate or graduate student.
  • Be actively engaged in their community in the Pacific Northwest and/or 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 policy and international affairs.

*If you are unsure of your eligibility or have questions about eligibility requirements, please contact [email protected].

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 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

Application for the 2023 fellowship period will close on November 27, 2022.

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently asked questions are answered here.


Download the Gorton Leaders Program brochure.


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.

Gorton Center Advisory Committee
More about the Gorton Center

The Slade Gorton Policy Center is located at The National Bureau of Asian Research in Seattle.

Gorton Leaders Program Alumni Network

Since 2014 when the GLP inducted its first class of 14 fellows into the GLP Alumni Network, the Gorton Leaders Program has grown to include a growing list of over 100 GLP alumni, spanning 12 states, the District of Columbia, and 12 countries. Learn more.