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Welcome to the online application form for Year 6 of the Intercultural Leadership Institute (ILI), a collaborative program of Alternate ROOTS, First Alaskans Institute, First Peoples Fund, The International Association of Blacks in Dance (IABD), Mississippi Center for Cultural Production, National Association of Latino Arts & Cultures and the PA'I Foundation.


  • Application opens at 12:00am EST Wednesday October 4, 2023.
  • There will be 2 technical support and information sessions scheduled during the  application period. They will be Tuesday October 17, 2023 and Tuesday November 14, 2023. Please
  • Please reach out to info@weareili.org should you need any tech support and that can be arranged on an as needed basis subjective to staff availability.
  • Deadline: 11:59pm EST Friday January 12, 2024 (Tech Assistance virtual meetings will be available from October 2, 2023 - December 1, 2023; All other technical assistance will be provided via email that is outside of this window due to staff availability in December and January)
  • February + March 2024- Application evaluation and Fellow selection period
  • ILI Selection Notification: by end of March 2024
  • First ILI Fellowship Convening: July 2024
  • All ILI Convening dates will be shared when fellowship offers are made.

COVID-19 Program Response and Moving into the Future

 Due to the pandemic, ILI Year 3 was a completely virtual experience. Participants participated via video call, phone, independent and group study, and by snail mail. We found that we were able to engage fellows flexibly while still being committed to the fellowship process. One of the most profound examples is that we were able to engage parents while not interrupting their ability to parent. We aim to maintain this flexible approach to the ILI Fellowship in the future.

For ILI Year 4, we moved to approach the fellowship as a hybrid (both in-person and virtual) program and we will continue this practice for the years to come. Fellows will have the option of attending in person or virtual cultural intensive. Tech and (paid) travel accommodations will be administered by ILI staff upon cohort selection.

Tech Access and Justice
ILI is committed to tech justice and creating access for participation. If you or anyone you know  are interested in applying for ILI and are in need a deeper capacity to engage in the technology required to apply to ILI please reach out to info@weareili.com for technical assistance.

Disability Justice
ILI is committed to disability justice and creating access for participation. This application can be submitted via video or written formatted applications. If there is any other assistance that an applicant may need to contribute to their success in the application process, please reach out to info@weareili.org to articulate that.

International Applications

Unfortunately, ILI does not accept applicants from individuals who reside outside of the United States and US Territories.

Language Justice 

ILI is committed to striving towards language justice although and we are working to build capacity to embed access for multi-lingual participation i.e. translation and interpretation. To fill these capacity gaps within the ILI fellowship, we engaging our partner organizations. Should there be a need for ILI material translation or interpretation ILI staff will connect the applicant with the appropriate ILI partner to coordinate their needs. Should you need language assistance, please reach out to info@weareili.org for assistance

Justicia Lingüística 

ILI se compromete a luchar por la justicia lingüística, y estamos trabajando para desarrollar la capacidad de incorporar el acceso para la participación multilingüe, es decir, la traducción y la interpretación. Lo que estamos haciendo para llenar estas limitaciónes de capacidad en el programa de ILI es involucrar a las organizaciónes asociadas con el programa en caso de que sea necesario traducir o interpretar material de ILI. Si necesita ayuda con traduccíon y interpretación a un idioma, comuníquese con info@weareili.org para recibir asistencia.

Submission Instructions
Step 1:  Create a Submittable account or if you already have an account with Submittable, login with your username and password.  Note that Submittable requires some contact information to be provided for establishing or updating an account.  Some of this information will be requested again within the actual ILI application form once you advance to the next screen.
Step 2:  Enter your contact information and continue as the online participant interest form will guide you through a series of prompts and questions as outlined within the Interest/Application Form.
Step 3:  Type (or paste) your responses directly into the online form and upload links or documents as prompted.
Step 4:  Click "Apply Now" to submit your complete application. You will receive an email confirmation upon submission.

We use Submittable to accept and review our submissions.