We are accepting applications for Cohort 21 for the Fall of 2025.

We are now accepting applications for the Fall of 2025 for Cohort 21!

Are you ready to join the next Cohort of Fellows, advance your leadership skills, and become purpose-driven catalysts for the food system? If so, see the instructions below. 

The two-year program costs $24,000. This covers all instruments taken, books, speaker fees, hotel lodging, and food during the three residential sessions.

An invoice will be sent out before the first Residential Session in the fall. Limited funds to offset the program costs are available for need-based units. If you are interested in a scholarship, please include that request on the nomination form.

FSLI is designed for those currently serving as department heads or chairs (or equivalent titles) or higher and looking to advance their leadership skills and future career goals.

“FSLI was a life changing experience. I am a different person after being a part of this group. Everyone in a leadership position deserves to be a part of this program.”
-FSLI Fellow

Application Instructions

  1. In order to open up an application file, a member of your organization’s senior leadership must endorse your application to participate by completing the Nomination and Commitment to Support Form.
  2. Once we receive your endorsement, a link to the FSLI Application Form will be emailed to you. This form must be completed and submitted along with a two-page CV and a list of two of your colleagues to submit an evaluation for you. (Please do not use your nominator as an evaluator.)
  3. The two colleagues you listed on your application will be emailed and notified to complete and submit an FSLI Evaluation Form for you.

All these completed forms will be submitted online.  The system will send you monthly status reports until your application is complete. After submitting all your forms, you will receive an email notification that your application is complete.  We will begin reviewing applications on March 20, 2025 to determine acceptance.  All application materials must be received by this date. You will receive an email of your acceptance after this date.

Please check the “Session Schedule” page to find all dates for the Residential Sessions. 


If you have any questions regarding the application process, please contact :

Sarah Kotzian, Ph.D.

Program Manager