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APPLY NOW for the VLI Class of 2024

The Snelling Center for Government invites members of the public, nonprofit and private sectors to apply for admission to the Vermont Leadership Institute.

The application process is highly competitive, with up to twenty-six associates selected on the basis of their professional achievements, demonstrated interest in the community, and potential for leadership.

Desired Applicant Qualities

  • Committed to Vermont
  • Curious about the issues facing Vermont
  • Committed to learning and growing
  • Values inquiry and dialogue

The Snelling Center is a non-partisan organization. As such, we encourage applicants from a variety of perspectives, and we welcome ideological diversity.

The VLI Class of 2024 will begin its training in September of 2023. Most session days take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with at least one overnight per session. Each session requires some advance preparation and some follow-up. Because of the interactive and interconnected nature of their time together, VLI Associates are expected to make a full-time commitment to the program and to their own learning and development.

Tentative 2023-2024 Session Dates:

  • Thursday and Friday, September 21 & 22, 2023
  • Monday, Tuesday, & Wednesday, October 23, 24, & 25, 2023
  • Monday and Tuesday, December 4 & 5, 2023
  • Thursday and Friday, January 11 & 12, 2024
  • Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, February 5, 6, & 7, 2024
  • Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, March 20, 21, & 22, 2024
  • Thursday and Friday, April 25 & 26, 2024
  • Friday and Saturday, May 31 & June 1, 2024

*Please note this is a tentative schedule. Locations will be updated prior to Session 1 and as the program progresses.

The Application Process

    • Submit an application by May 15, 2023.
    • Include two letters of recommendation (emailed to tasha@snellingcenter.org).
    • Submit a nonrefundable $25 application fee.
    • Participate in an interview, in-person vs. remote TBD.
    • Confirm your participation in July.

APPLY NOW for the VLI Class of 2024

The following interview also provides a more in-depth overview of the program’s history, philosophy, curriculum and more.


Tuition for the 2023 – 2024 year is $8,900 for double occupancy, and $9,900 for single occupancy, which includes food and lodging.

Information about Financial Aid: Avenues for tuition assistance

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