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Important Notice:

In order to ensure the safety and well being of all involved, the 21st annual Public Policy Leadership Conference has been postponed. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience. Stay tuned for more conference information updates including other PPLC-related opportunities.

Are you a first- or second-year undergraduate student? Are you passionate about public service and being a voice for your community? Are you committed to changing the world? If so, consider applying to our annual Public Policy Leadership Conference (PPLC).

PPLC 2018 participants work together and inspire each other.

The Harvard Kennedy School Public Policy Leadership Conference inspires talented and driven first- and second-year undergraduate students like you to pursue careers in public policy and become future leaders in:

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

At the PPLC, you will have the chance to experience what it’s like to study public policy in a graduate school environment. You will also learn about possible fellowship and scholarship opportunities that could help fund your graduate studies.

PPLC 2018 keynote speaker and former mayor of Washington, D.C. Anthony Williams MPP 1987.

As a PPLC participant, all of your travel costs, accommodations, and meals are paid for by the Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging

Application and Eligibility

Review our admissions requirements below if you are interested in applying to the conference in the future. We require you to submit the following:

  • Your online application 
  • Your resume
  • A personal statement essay
  • A letter of recommendation
  • Your undergraduate academic transcript, which may be unofficial. If you are a first-year student, submit your high school transcript.

Applying to the PPLC is competitive. To be considered, you must:

  • Be a first- or second-year undergraduate student enrolled at a two- or four-year U.S. institution
  • Be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipient
  • 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 or in your community, or volunteering. Include these details in your resume and personal statement essay.

Our PPLC alumni have written about their experiences at this life-changing conference. Read their stories. Yours could be among them. 

PPLC 2018 participants during in an ice-breaker session.