When is the next selection cycle?

Interviews for the Class of 2023 are complete, and the class will be announced in December 2021. The first seminar will convene in March of 2022.

What is the annual nomination deadline?

Nominations for the Class of 2025 will be accepted from Jan. 1, 2023 through July 1, 2023. 

What are the age requirements?

South Carolina residents between the ages of 30 and 47 are eligible. (The candidate must not have turned 48 by January 1, 2024.)

What are the education requirements?

None. Education of Fellows ranges from no college degree to post-doctoral work.

What are employment requirements?

There are no specific employment requirements. However, the majority of each class comes from the business sector. 

What is the leadership requirement?

Successful nominees will have a history of meaningful civic and community engagement that includes positions of leadership.  We are looking for candidates who are at an "inflection point"- looking toward the broader role they might take on in their communities.  By this we mean that they are ready and able to pause, re-evaluate the things that matter to them most, and dedicate time and energy to making a difference.

Successful nominees will have a history of meaningful civic and community engagement that includes positions of leadership. 

Do credentials of the nominator matter?

No. There are no "bonus points" for credentials of the nominator. All that matters is that you see the potential for leadership and can provide an in-depth look into your nominees' background, values and readiness to take full advantage of this opportunity. Your answers to the nomination questions are very important.  We ask that you share personal details, including struggles or hardships the candidate has had, that you may not normally put into a typical recommendation.  The strongest nominations are those that help us understand the candidate's inflection point and why this is the right time for them to take full advantage of the Fellowship.

What is important for nominees to understand?

Nominees need to have a clear understanding of the required commitment.

Fellows must participate 100% in five multi-day seminars over a period of 18 months.  No late arrivals or early departures. No offers of "just missing a bit" or "calling in."  This may sound difficult, but we now have more than 310 Fellows who have been able to respect this requirement.

Fellows must also complete required readings before the seminars take place. They must identify and initiate a leadership project that will be underway by the end of the seminar experience. Finally, Fellows must be willing at the end of 18 months to articulate and follow through on the actions they will take to make South Carolina a stronger state.  An inability to commit to the seminars and the leadership project eliminates candidates for the coming year.

What is the seminar schedule for the Class of 2023?

  • March 23-27, 2022; The Challenge of Leadership; Greenville
  • October 11-16, 2022; The Aspen Seminar; Pawleys Island
  • Jan-Mar, 2023; Leading in an Era of Globalization; dates and locations TBD
  • June 4-7, 2023; The Promise of Leadership; Rock Hill
  • September 9-13, 2023; Call to Action; Columbia

How many are nominated each year?

It varies, but about 100 new candidates are nominated each year. In addition to new nominees, all previous nominees are considered as long as they are age-eligible. For any class, as many as 400-600 candidates might be in the pool for consideration.

What is the selection process?

A confidential interview. Every newly elected candidate is interviewed by the CEO.

Formation of a class mosaic. There are more bright and competent candidates than places available. A critical task is to weave together the strongest candidates in a class that – as a whole – reflects South Carolina in all its rich diversity. Considerations include creating an optimum cross section of gender, geographic, urban/rural, political, social, occupational and ethnic characteristics.  Each Fellow should have something to teach and to learn from the other.

What happens after the interview?

Our process takes several months. We do not give out information prior to the final selection, so we respectfully ask nominators and candidates to be patient.  Once we have made our final selection, we let every nominator and their candidate know the outcome.

What if a promising candidate is not selected?

The good news is that every nominee remains in the active candidate pool until he or she ages out. Many candidates are selected three, four or even five years after they were nominated.

Do I need to submit a new nomination for someone I have already nominated?

No. However, you are encouraged to submit updates - particularly in the areas of career and community or state engagement - to Kay Oken at koken@libertyfellowshipsc.org.

What if a great candidate ages out?

This happens. Unfortunately, many highly qualified leaders may not fit the mosaic for a specific year or years. The good news is that they can become a part of the Liberty Fellowship community by making nominations and potentially acting as Mentors.

Can Fellows from other AGLN programs participate in Liberty Fellowship?

No. Unfortunately, we are not able to accept nominees who are Fellows of other Aspen Global Leadership Network programs.