Program Detail

Leaders for the Future
Creating leaders through immersives, scholarship, business skills and innovation

A cross-campus collaboration between the Office of Research, the Internship and Career Center, GradPathways (Graduate Studies) and the Mike and Renee Child Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, this five-month program helps Ph.D. students and postdoctoral scholars connect with applied experiences beyond academia through immersives (internships, job shadowing, projects) while supporting business skills development.

Leaders for the FutureLeaders for the Future is designed for Ph.D. candidates and postdoctoral scholars who seek to engage in immersives (internships, job shadowing, projects). The program provides training in the skills needed to excel in diverse careers across industry, government and more.

Leaders for the Future provides immersive experiences (internships, job shadowing, short projects, etc.) outside of academia. Cutting-edge training in leadership skills, business communication, project management, innovation and entrepreneurship is provided to participants from all disciplines—including humanities, social sciences and STEM—through a series of workshops and other activities. 

Applications due by 5 p.m. on November 8, 2017.

Information Session

We held an information session about the program on October 3, 2017. 

Click here to view the information session presentation slides

Program Eligibility and Requirements

To be eligible for this program, applicants must be:

  • Current UC Davis Ph.D. student or postdoctoral scholar (title codes 3252, 3253 or 3254) in any discipline.
  • In an academic program or appointment for the duration of Leaders for the Future program (February – May 2018).

Priority will be granted to those applicants who articulate their intent to participate in an immersive experience. 

Successful program completion requires:

  • Attendance at all required program events (listed below). 
  • Closing presentation given at Closing Bootcamp.

Program Schedule

Event Date Time
Attend closing presentations of
Cohort 1
Thursday, January 20, 2018 6 – 8 p.m.
Opening Bootcamp Thursday, February 1, 2018 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Food, Ag + Health Entrepreneurship Academy February 6-8, 2018 8 a.m. – 9 p.m. (three days)
Workshop #1 Tuesday, February 20, 2018 5 – 7 p.m. (dinner)
Workshop #2 Tuesday, March 6, 2018 Noon – 2 p.m. (lunch)
Workshop #3 Tuesday, March 13, 2018 5 – 7 p.m. (dinner)
Workshop #4 Tuesday, March 20, 2018 Noon – 2 p.m. (lunch)
Workshop #5 Tuesday, April 3, 2018 5 – 7 p.m. (dinner)
Workshop #6 Tuesday, April 17, 2018 Noon – 2 p.m. (lunch)
Closing Bootcamp Saturday, May 19, 2018 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.

How to Apply

Completed applications are due by 5 p.m. on November 8, 2017. There are three components to the application process. Interested candidates must: 

  1. Complete the Leaders for the Future Application Form, two short-answer essay questions, and upload their resume or CV.
  2. Request their major professor or principal investigator complete the Leaders for the Future Recommendation Form and upload a letter of recommendation.
  3. For those selected, complete an in-person interview (November 8 – 17, 2017).


Please contact Leaders for the Future Program Coordinator Marjannie Akintunde, Ph.D., Internship and Career Center at or 530.752.8342.

Program funding for Leaders for the Future is provided by the State of California through Assembly Bill 2664: University of California Innovation and Entrepreneurship Expansion.