Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply to the PPLC?
The application to the PPLC is available online in September. A link to the application will be posted on this page.   

What are the 2016 conference dates?
PPLC participants arrive on Thursday, February 18 and head back to their home universities the morning of Sunday, February 21.

What do I need to submit to apply to the PPLC?
A complete application includes a(n):

  • online application form
  • résumé
  • personal statement essay
  • letter of recommendation
  • academic transcript

Your application form, résumé, personal statement essay, and letter of recommendation can be submitted online. A scanned copy of your academic transcript can also be uploaded online, or you can arrange to have a copy mailed directly to Harvard Kennedy School.

How long is the personal statement essay?
The personal statement essay should be no longer than 500 words, typed and double-spaced.

Who should write my letter of recommendation?
Your letter of recommendation should come from a faculty member or administrator at your college or university. Only first-year students are permitted to submit a letter of recommendation from a high school teacher.

Who is eligible to apply?
First- or second-year undergraduate students who are U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA) recipients are eligible to apply. Applicants must have a cumulative 3.0 GPA and demonstrate a commitment to public service.

When is the 2016 PPLC application deadline?
We are no longer accepting applications to the 2016 PPLC. Applicants will be notified in January 2016.

When will I know if I’ve been admitted?
Applicants will be notified by email in January 2016.

Is there an application fee?
No, there is no fee to apply to the conference.

Who is responsible for participants' travel arrangements?
The Office for Student Diversity and Inclusion arranges and covers the cost of participants’ travel arrangements from their home universities in the United States to Harvard Kennedy School. 

Apply to the 2016 PPLC

The application deadline for the 2016 PPLC has passed. Applicants will be notified in January 2016. 

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