Frequently Asked Questions about GCL
Find answers to common questions about the Global Competitiveness Leadership program.
- Is there any cost for the GCL program?
The Latin America Leadership Program offers full and partial scholarships to selected participants. Scholarships cover tuition costs of the GCL program, medical insurance, housing, local transportation from and to program activities, and course materials. Full-scholarships are valued at $25,000 USD. Selected candidates receiving a full-scholarship MUST pay a registration fee in the amount of $2,500.00 USD. Participants not requesting a full-scholarship will receive a registration fee waiver. Applicants must indicate the level of scholarship they are requesting in the online application form. Payment of the registration fee or program tuition fee must be made before arriving to Washington via wire transfer or direct deposit at a PNC Bank branch. Admitted participants will receive further instructions once accepted into the program.
- What does the GCL program scholarship cover?
- Room and apartment furnishings
- Materials for the course
- Tuition for the 10-week program
- Local transportation from/to program activities
- Medical insurance
* All participants, regardless of the level of scholarship received, are required to cover their airfare, and their meals and incidentals during the program.
LALP offers full scholarships to qualified candidates with demonstrated financial need. Those candidates that receive a full scholarship MUST pay program registration fees in the amount of $2,500 USD.
For all other candidates, LALP offers partial scholarships that cover 75%, 50%, or 25% of the total cost of the program. Selected candidates who receive a partial scholarship WILL NOT be required to pay program registration fees.
Candidates who are citizens and residents of in any of the following countries are eligible to apply for the GCL program: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Portugal*, Puerto Rico, Spain*, Uruguay, and Venezuela.
(*) Qualified candidates from Spain and Portugal may apply if their projects impact the Latin American region.
All Colombian applicants that would like to be considered for a full scholarship must apply through the OAL Educación website. Applicants must download and complete the application and send the application to the address that appears on the OAL Educación page. All other Colombian applicants, please use the GCL platform to submit your application indicating level of scholarship requested.
• I am a candidate from Brazil, where should I apply?
All Brazilian applicants that would like to be considered for a full scholarship must contact our partners in Brazil at Instituto Ling for further information and instructions on the application process. All other Brazilian applicants, please use the GCL platform to submit your application indicating level of scholarship requested.
All GCL participants are required to return to their countries of origin for a year, once the program ends. We require this in order to ensure that the investment made on the fellow’s participation will return to the region where s/he will be able to apply the knowledge and tools acquired during the program to be an agent of change. Failure to comply with this agreement will result in the participant reimbursing the Latin America Leadership Program for the total cost of the program ($25,000.00 USD).
Yes. For example, an applicant may be a citizen of the United States and another Latin American country. Applicants with dual citizenship can apply to the GCL program and will be considered as long as they reside in any of the Latin American countries listed above and will return to their countries of origin upon the culmination of the GCL program.
In order to be eligible to participate in the GCL program you must be between 26 through 34 years of age. We invite you to apply if you are interested, but please keep in mind that priority will be given to applicants who fulfill all requirements. If you are under 26 years of age, we encourage you to apply in the future as this is a yearly program.
The GCL program has set up selection committees in diverse countries to assist with the pre-selection of candidates for the GCL program. However, the selection process is headed in Georgetown University, so you must send in your application and supporting documents electronically through the online application found on this website. Your information will then be sent to the corresponding committee for review and you will be contacted by them if you make it to the first round for an interview.
We tend to give priority of admission to applicants with work experience because it allows participants to learn from each other and contribute with their professional experiences to class discussions. Nevertheless, we take into consideration the application as a whole, and we encourage interested candidates to apply this year or in the future as this is a yearly program.
Your application and essays must be submitted in English. Supporting documents from your university and letters of recommendation may be submitted in English or Spanish only.
All required documents must be submitted in English or Spanish. Candidates from a Portuguese-speaking country must submit the original documents in Portuguese AND an English translation of these documents. The translation does not have to be certified.
The application and all required documents must be submitted through the GCL program application website in order to be considered for review and admissions.
Georgetown requires a copy of an official transcript from each university where you have studied, in order to review your academic history and grades obtained.
We prefer that applicants upload the official transcript onto the application. However, we understand that some universities might wish to send the transcript directly to Georgetown. If so, please use the following address:
ATTN. Georgetown University Latin America Leadership Program
3700 O Street, N.W.
433 Hariri Bldg.
Washington, D.C. 20057
If you have graduated from a university or post-graduate studies and have not received your diploma, please submit a certified copy of a document issued by your university stating that you have graduated from that institution. The document must include the date of graduation and final grade point average.
Applicants must provide two letters of recommendation. One of these letters must come from an employer; the second letter can be from a professor, employer, or any other figure who can write about your talents and abilities. Recommendations must not be from family members and must be written in English or Spanish only.
Letters of recommendation should be addressed to the attention of: GCL Admissions Committee.
There is no specific template or format for the letters of recommendation. However, please check the submission guidelines specified above. The letters should be addressed to GCL Admissions Committee or Latin America Leadership Program.
There are several ways candidates can provide proof of English competency. Applicants may provide TOEFL or Cambridge English Language Assessment results for an exam taken in the past or a certificate or other proof of advanced English language courses completed successfully. Additionally, if an applicant has completed undergraduate or post graduate studies at an English-speaking country, the corresponding diploma will suffice to prove proficiency.
We ask that you please submit a legible and valid copy of your passport.
No. Those are not required options.
You may attach additional documents by clicking on the “Add Documents” button on the right-hand side of the application’s main page.
If you need technical assistance while creating, completing or submitting the application please click on the "i" icon located on the top menu of the application platform to contact technical support.
The 2020 GCL program application closes on Monday, August 12, 2019 at 5:00 p.m., Washington, D.C. time with no exception.
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All applications and documents will be received by Georgetown University and later channeled to the appropriate Selection Committees in each country for review. Each local committee will determine preliminary candidates, carry out first round interviews, and select semi-finalists. A list of semi-finalists will be sent to Georgetown University for a second review and round of interviews in English and via Skype to determine the final participants in the GCL program.
All applicants will be notified of the admissions decision on November 8, 2019 via email and by 5:00 p.m. Washington, D.C., time.
The dates for the GCL 2020 program will be from January 27 through April 2, 2020.
Selected participants must apply for a visitor visa at the embassy or consulate of the United States of his/her country. The visitor visa contains two designations—B1/B2—and lasts 90 days, which covers the time spent in the United States for the GCL program. All participants must ensure they abide by these timelines when coordinating their arrival and departure flights. Once accepted, participants will receive more information.
Participants will be living in specified apartments with three roommates of the same gender. Each apartment has two bedrooms, with two people per bedroom. Only GCL program participants are allowed to live in these apartments.
The academic schedule for the GCL program runs from 9:30 a.m. through 4:00 p.m. with an hour lunch break from Monday through Friday (on most days). There are usually no official activities planned on weekends.
Site visits are subject to change each year. Applicants accepted into the program will receive a class schedule that lists potential site visits.
Speakers are subject to change each year. Applicants accepted into the program will receive a class schedule that lists potential speakers.
Selected candidates who can afford to pay all or part of the 10-week program cost ($25,000 USD) are encouraged to do so in order to allocate scholarship funds to those candidates that won't be able to participate without receiving a full-scholarship. Once selected, please indicate your willingness to cover program costs to LALP team. Your contribution will allow LALP to expand its reach and provide a scholarship to those that mostly need it.
The GCL program is intended for Latin American leaders and is part of Georgetown University's Latin American initiatives. Qualified candidates from Spain and Portugal may also apply if their projects impact the Latin American region.