Important Dates

Application Live Date:
May 10, 2024

Application Deadline:
June 28, 2024

Conference Dates:
October 3-6, 2024

Contact Us

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79 John F. Kennedy Street
Box #76
Cambridge, MA 02138

The Public Policy Leadership Conference (PPLC) inspires talented and driven undergraduate students to pursue further study in public policy and careers in public service as leaders in:

  • Federal, state, or local governments
  • Nongovernmental organizations
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Intergovernmental organizations
  • International institutions
  • Social enterprises

During the PPLC, you will have the chance to learn more about public policy graduate school and how it can impact your life and career. You will connect with current HKS students, faculty, and staff as well as other dynamic undergraduate students around pressing policy issues, and experience what it is like to be an HKS student for a weekend. You will also receive important information about fellowship and scholarship opportunities that can help fund your HKS graduate studies, and public policy career opportunities. 

Learn more about the conference, the application process, and PPLC experience during our conference information sessions: 

PPLC Information Session 1
May 30, 2024 | 3 PM ET
PPLC Information Session 2
June 13, 2024 | 3 PM ET
The PPLC brings together talented undergraduates from around the country who are interested in pursuing graduate studies in public policy.

Learn about student eligibility requirements, application requirements, and more below to submit a complete and competitive application. If you have any additional questions, please contact PPLC Admissions

Eligibility Requirements & Application Process

This year’s PPLC will be available on Friday, May 10, and the application deadline is Friday, June 28 at 5 p.m. ET. 

If you are interested in applying to the conference, we require you to submit: 

  • Your online application form
  • Your resume 
  • A personal statement essay 
  • A letter of recommendation (we advise that you ask your recommender as early as possible) 
  • An undergraduate academic transcript, which may be unofficial

To be considered for PPLC, you must: 

  • Be enrolled in a two- or four-year U.S. undergraduate institution at the time of the conference
  • Be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipient, or non-citizen U.S. national
  • Have completed at least 2 academic semesters at a two- or four-year U.S. institution at the time of the conference
  • Not be scheduled to receive a bachelor’s degree in the 2024-2025 academic year 
  • Have a 3.0 grade point average (GPA) or above 
  • Demonstrate an abiding commitment to public service through activism, student leadership, civic participation at school, in your community, or through volunteering. These details should be included in your resume and personal statement essay. 

Yes, all costs associated with attending the Public Policy Leadership Conference are paid for by Harvard Kennedy School, including, but not limited to, transportation, accommodation, and meals while at the conference. 

Apply by Friday, June 28, 2024 at 5 p.m. ET
We are now accepting applications for the 24th Annual Public Policy Leadership Conference.