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How to Apply

Application for the White House Leadership Development Program is open to GS-15 and equivalent federal civil service employees.

The application period for the 2021/2022 Cohort has closed

Recruitment for the next Cohort will begin in February 2022. Please reach out to your agency professional development team for more information.

Watch the video below for an overview of how to apply to the White House Leadership Development Program. Please see the nomination guide for details on application materials required for submission. Note that this guidance is subject to change for each application cycle.

View a transcript of the video here.


Applicants to the program can be nominated by their agency or themselves. Please reach out to your agency to identify their nomination pathway.

Agency Nominations

Agencies may nominate up to six candidates for the program during each application cycle. Agencies are encouraged to determine their own internal selection processes for nominees.

Self Nominations

Individuals from agencies that follow the self-nominate pathway, can apply for the program with supervisor recommendation and approval. The WHDLP program team will be responsible for vetting up to six self-nominated candidates per agency.

Selection Process

After reviewing formal agency nominations and vetted self-nominations, the WHLDP program team applies a rigorous selection process to determine program finalists. The program will extend finalist invitations for interviews for up to 20 candidates each application cycle.

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