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

Thank you for your interest in CPRL’s full semester program.  We offer our program each Fall (September-December) and Spring (January-early May) semester. The online application for the Spring 2022 and Fall 2022 program opens in early September 2021.

To apply, please submit:

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

CPRL offers a limited number of awards up to $30,000 toward students’ home tuition to students participating in CPRL’s program. 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. Depending on the location of the qualifying employment, students may be eligible for awards of up to $20,000 (the United States or in other countries), or $30,000 (for Brazilian students with qualifying employment in Brazil).

Brazilian students with exceptional merit and need and who are willing to make the same work commitment specifically in Brazil are eligible for a Lemann scholar award of 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.

The CPRL Scholar Award Application is optional.

The CPRL Scholar Award Form is currently closed. The form will be available at the same time as the CPRL application. If you would like to be notified when the application and scholarship application opens, fill out the contact form here

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

The deadlines for the application will be updated in the table below. Individual deadlines are set in collaboration with partner schools. 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 as of 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 consortium, please email


Spring 2022 Application Deadlines

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

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