Frequently Asked Questions


1. How do I know if my leadership experience is strong enough to apply?
The President’s Student Leadership Program seeks applications from students who have either formal or informal leadership experience in their community or student life, and are keen to develop their leadership potential further. If you have shown leadership that has brought positive results for others in your community, work or student environment, we encourage you to apply. That is, some applicants may be members of the executive of their student or community organizations; others may have more informal leadership experience. Please review the application criteria on the website for more information.

2. Do I need an official transcript in order to apply?
Yes. Official transcripts are required for application packages to be deemed complete. Transcripts should be recent, not older than three months at the time of application. These are important to show your ongoing successful status in your program as well as the number of credit hours you have remaining in your program. Applicants must be halfway through their program but not in their final year.

3. I am enrolled in a one-year masters program, am I eligible to apply to this program?
Yes, however you will be asked to commit to attending all sessions in the following academic year. These will be one-day sessions on Saturdays approximately every eight weeks, from September 2020 until April 2021.

4. I have a summer internship/co-op position/job when the President’s Student Leadership Program will be taking place – should I still apply?
Yes. We will provide letters on request, to successful applicants who might need to be excused from an internship, co-op or job for the core week (June 6 - 13). Our experience is that employers and supervisors are pleased to give students the week for participation in the program.

5. Who should I ask to write my testimonial letters needed for the application?
You should ask professors, advisors, elders, supervisors, mentors, coaches or others who know you well and can comment in detail on your leadership contributions. All applications require two testimonial letters uploaded to your application by the application deadline, Sunday, March 1.

 Time Commitment

6. What is the time commitment for the program?

The core week of the program is a multi-day, live-in seminar with site visits, hands-on leadership workshops and peer learning. It runs from June 6 - 13, 2020, inclusively.

The program is intensive, and most days will start at 8 a.m. (for breakfast) and end around 8:30 p.m. A sample weekday itinerary is available here.

Participants will also develop and execute a team leadership project with an organization, that will require preparation and time in Fall 2020. This time commitment will consist of approximately five team meetings as well as delivery of the project.

In addition to the core week, there will be one-day sessions on Saturdays approximately every eight weeks from September 2020 - April 2021.

7. Do I need to attend every day of the core week? 
Yes. The core week of the program runs as an on-site, live-in seminar from June 6 - 13, 2020, inclusively. You must be present for all elements and at all times for the core week.

8. Are the Saturday seminars and events outside of the core week mandatory? 
Yes. In-person follow-up seminars and events will take place bi-monthly (approximately every eight weeks) on Saturdays in the following academic year. These are also mandatory and all successful applicants are asked to commit to these Saturdays. Travel funding will be available to successful applicants from outside of Winnipeg to attend the Saturday sessions.

9. Do I have to be present at all segments of the program?
Yes. This is critical to the success of not just individual participants but the full cohort of students participating in the program. The program will be collaborative and immersive, bringing students and leaders together for a unique learning experience, and drawing on peer learning, which requires everyone’s presence throughout all elements of the program.

10. Do I have to stay in residence at the University of Manitoba for the core week?
Yes. The live-in component of the program is an important aspect of the immersive design of the core week. Staying on-site will enable you to be fully present and ensure you have time to reflect about what you are experiencing day to day. This is similar to an executive education program. The program will work most effectively as a retreat from your regular activities.

11. What are the residences like where successful applicants will stay?
The residences are newly renovated, high-quality spaces with single rooms and private bathrooms.

12. Is there any preparatory work required for the program?
No preparatory work will be required. There will be a program website with background information for participants prior to the start date of the core week.  

13. What are the dates that I need to be available for next academic year?
Program participants will be asked to attend Saturday seminars on:
        • September 19, 2020
        • November 28, 2020
        • February 9, 2021
        • March 20, 2021


14. How much does the program cost?
Participation in the President’s Student Leadership Program is funded through a student fellowship. Selection to the program means being granted this funding, which goes to program participation. The funding includes meals, transportation to site visits and accommodations.

15. Will travel to the weekend seminars and events be funded? 
Travel grants will be available for students for travel to Winnipeg from other parts of the province. This will enable in-person participation for weekend seminars and events outside of the core week. It is possible that participants will have an opportunity to travel to other parts of the province as a complementary activity; we will seek to assist with funding.

16. I have responsibilities (such as children, elder-care, etc.) and would not be able to participate without financial support to help with these commitments. Should I still apply to the program?
A small bursary fund will be available by application for successful candidates who are not able to attend without financial support for childcare or other eligible expenses.

Program Components

17. What will the site visits to different organizations entail?
The program will involve a number of site visits where students will engage in detail with leaders who will host us in their own organizations or companies, in different sectors of our economy and society. There will also be talks by renowned leaders as part of the on-site programs and workshops, both during the core week and in the later Saturday sessions during the year. Sites and sectors may include but are not limited to:  

    • innovative businesses; 
    • the arts sector;
    • Indigenous leadership and organizations;
    • the justice system;
    • information technology/artificial intelligence;
    • healthcare and social services; 
    • construction and trades; and 
    • manufacturing.

Participants will hear from organizational leaders, ask questions and exchange ideas with the leaders to learn first-hand about their toughest challenges, how they build thriving and sustainable organizations, and their own leadership development. Participants will work in diverse teams to reflect on what they learned, share perspectives, and report back to the group on observations and how they can apply what they learned to their own leadership.

Program Outcomes

18. Will I receive credits for participating in this program?
No. The President’s Student Leadership Program is a special non-credit program. A certificate of interdisciplinary achievement from the University of Manitoba will be awarded upon completion.