How to Apply

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Participating Programs

Our program combines a rigorous seminar, practical skills training, and an immersive client-facing consulting project to prepare leaders. We offer our program in the fall and spring semesters to graduate students at 25 professional programs at Columbia University and other universities around the country apply to our program.

Our Application Process

Attend an Info Session to learn more. See our schedule of Info Sessions here.

CPRL's full-semester program is offered each Spring (January - early May) and Fall (September - December). 

We are currently accepting applications for the Spring 2022 and Fall 2022 semesters here.

Students are invited to apply in accordance with the application deadlines found below.

To apply, please submit:

After our initial review of application materials, we will invite select students to interview. Contact with any questions.

Scholar Awards provide financial support toward students’ home tuition during their participation in CPRL. To be eligible for a CPRL Scholar Award, students must make a legally enforceable commitment to work three of the first five years after graduation in a full-time government or non-profit position in or supporting the PK-12 public education sector.

There are two types of Scholar Awards. Students who plan to work in countries other than Brazil may be eligible for awards of up to $20,000.

The second type of Scholar Award is made possible thanks to support from the Lemann Foundation. The Lemann Scholar Awards are available to students who are Brazilian and plan to work in Brazil. These students are eligible for awards up to $30,000. Non-Brazilian students willing to fulfill the qualifying employment requirement in Brazil may be considered for the Lemann scholar award on a case-by-case basis. 

The CPRL Scholar Award Application is optional.

If you wish to apply for a CPRL Scholar Award, please complete:

  1. This Scholar Award application after you have submitted the online application to the CPRL program, and
  2. This Financial Aid Data Form. To complete this form work with your Financial Aid office, who will then submit the form on your behalf.

CPRL Scholar Award applications are due on Monday, November 8 at 5 PM ET.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email us at

All applications must be received by 5 PM ET on the day of the deadline.

Other graduate schools that are not listed below have not formalized a partnership with CPRL at this time. If you believe your school should be listed here, or if your graduate school is not currently a CPRL partner and you are interested in working with your school to join the CPRL, please email

Fall 2021 Application Deadlines

CPRL is accepting applications for the Spring and Fall 2022 semesters. 

**NYU School of Law students will apply to CPRL through CAMS.  

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