The Experiment Leadership Institute is on hold to Summer 2022. We will publish updates about this program next fall 2021. Questions? Contact us at

Intensive Pre-College Leadership Training

The Experiment Leadership Institute offers a highly competitive, fully funded program for participants with demonstrated interest in intercultural leadership, global issues, and civic engagement. This program is carefully designed to provide students with the extraordinary opportunity to acquire key skills and intercultural competencies necessary to become an effective leader through an international experience coupled with pre- and post-travel workshops. Participants also complete a post-program project with the continued guidance of Experiment mentors and a small stipend.

The Experiment Leadership Institute offers a four-week program in India specifically focused on leadership development. This program fosters discussions on critical global issues in public health, human rights, and social change. The Experiment Leadership Institute promotes understanding of these and other global issues and provides insight into what communities are doing to address these challenges.

Optional College Credit

You have the option of enrolling in a college-level course that accompanies The Experiment Leadership Institute experience. Credit may be subject to approval by your institution.

Program Components

  • Intensive four-day Leadership Seminar in Washington, D.C. Based on a powerful experiential leadership curriculum, the Leadership Seminar includes training, workshops, field trips, group exercises, and discussions with political and NGO leaders to lay the foundation for working toward social change.

  • Three-week immersive program in India. See The Experiment Leadership Institute’s individual program page for details about the program.

  • Three days of project planning sessions at the School for International Training (SIT) in Brattleboro, Vermont. You’ll have workshops and brainstorming sessions on designing a post-program project.

  • Work with Leadership Institute mentors throughout your senior year to complete a project in your own community.

A Full Scholarship Program

Fifteen competitive, fully funded scholarships for students accepted to The Experiment Leadership Institute are available through the generous support of individual donors.

International Applicants: The Experiment Leadership Institute welcomes and encourages international students to apply. International applicants should note that due to the high variability of international airfare, the flight from your home country to Washington, D.C., at the beginning of the program and from Vermont back to your home country at the program’s conclusion will not be covered by The Experiment. Please contact The Experiment admissions office for more information.


Program Eligibility
Applicants must:

  • Be rising seniors who are 16 to 18 years old at the time
    of the program
  • Have a high school graduation year of 2023
  • Demonstrate community leadership or commitment to academic pursuits
  • Obtain a passport that is valid through at least February 2023

How to Apply

  1. Go to
  2. On the Program Selection page, choose India (Leadership Institute): Community Development & Public Health
  3. Select a program that is not part of The Experiment Leadership Institute for your second choice. We will consider your application for this third program if you are not accepted to The Experiment Leadership Institute.

Application Deadline & Details

The deadline to apply for The Experiment Leadership Institute for summer 2022 will be published next fall 2021. Applicants will be required to submit references from two adult teachers, mentors, or coaches as well as essays and other relevant materials. Applicants will be asked to describe previous leadership roles, what they learned from those roles, and what they hope to gain through participation in The Experiment Leadership Institute.

The Experiment Leadership Institute seeks applicants who can take initiative through the application process. We discourage parental involvement. If you have questions, please contact us at 800.345.2929 or at

The trip was a transformational experience. Each day of the six weeks contributed to my growth. My understanding and consciousness were expanded as I journeyed through our schedule in a new environment with diverse and intelligent peers, both challenging my ideas and understandings.

Maalik DunkleySouth Africa, 2016

From the very beginning in Washington, D.C., I began to feel as though my voice was in fact valid, and that others wanted to hear what I had to say. This feeling was so foreign to me, and it took much effort to step out of my quiet comfort zone, but because of the group dynamics and experiences we shared, I feel as though I grew tremendously and my confidence in myself and my opinions soared.

Dorothy DrouihetIndia, 2016

My time with The Experiment taught me how to see the vibrancy in others, the world around me, and myself. At The Experiment, I felt this warmth emanating from my soul. I learned what it felt like to speak and listen from the heart and to be given that from others. I began recognizing my self-worth and stepping outside my comfort zone by practicing positivity, exploration of the unknown, and self-expression.

Nia GoodridgeSouth Africa, 2016
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