Application Process

The application period starts during the first week of February and ends on April 15 of every year.  Each sponsoring organization has a Point of Contact (POC) and its own nomination procedure to select prospective candidates for the program.   Individual applications are not accepted from organizations that employ their own selection procedures. 

Fellows are nominated by their Service Chiefs, government agency officials, or their organizations' executive officers.

All applications must be submitted no later than April 15.


  • February:  Application process begins in the first week of the month.  Application forms are sent to sponsoring organizations
  • April 15: Application period ends.  
  • June:  Admission Board meets during the first week of the month to select new class.    

For admission inquiries please email: 

Please view our Admissions Brochure for more details.

     (Session titles to be announced)
Introduction Session     September 10, 2015
Session 1                        October 2-4, 2015
Session 2                       November 2, 2015
Session 3                       December 2, 2015
Session 4                       January 4, 2016
Session 5                       January 29-31, 2016
Session 6                       March 7, 2016
Session 7                       April 4, 2016
Session 8                       April 29-May 1, 2016

Admission Process 

The Military Departments, Defense Agencies, and other government agencies annually propose a slate of possible participants to the Seminar.

The Seminar may also entertain individual applications from other appropriate and interested segments within the national security policy community, e.g., non-governmental organizations. 

Seminar XXI’s Admissions Board, which is drawn from the program’s Executive Committee and Alumni Board, selects Fellows for the upcoming academic year in early June.

In selecting future Fellows, the Admissions Board looks for applicants who are currently at, and expect to remain, near the center of national security analysis and policy-making for their respective organizations. 

Priority will be given to applicants with the most relevant experience in their current grade and with the greatest opportunity for future service at the highest levels of the policy and operational community over the next 5-10 years.  

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