Admissions Session Overview

A Three-Step Process

Admissions to MIT Seminar XXI is atypical—candidates must be nominated and sponsored by their organizations in order to apply. Each sponsoring organization has its own internal selection process before submitting nominations to Seminar XXI. Review the current program schedule along with the admissions schedule before discussing your nomination with your organization’s executives. Application forms are available through your organizations Point of Contact (POC). Please contact your POC for details on the nomination process for your organization. Contact Seminar XXI to find out your organization’s POC. View our Privacy Policy.

Step 1

Sponsoring Organization Internal Nomination

Beginning in February

  • Candidates are nominated by a senior executive in their organization.
  • Each organization designates a Point of Contact (POC) who coordinates the internal nomination process.
  • Nomination procedures vary by organization. Please check with your organizations POC for details.

Step 2

Submission of Applications

Deadline: April 15

  • Each sponsoring organization is given a finite number of program spots. This ensures a diverse cohort of Fellows who represent military, government, and private sectors.
  • POCs submit the strongest applications from among those nominated.
  • Individual applications from other appropriate and interested groups within the national security community, such as non-governmental organizations, may also be considered. Please contact Seminar XXI directly for more information.

Step 3

Selection of Fellows


  • The Seminar XXI Admissions Board, which is drawn from the alumni/ae board and executive committee, meets in early June to review applications.
  • POCs and accepted Fellows are notified in mid-June.
  • Program invoices are issued by mid-July.


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