When is the next selection cycle?

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we anticipate interviews will begin in the Summer of 2021 for a class to be announced later that year. The first seminar will likely convene in March of 2022.

What is the annual nomination deadline?

Liberty Fellowship accepts nominations on a rolling basis throughout the year.  Currently we are considering updates to our seminar schedule and will soon determine a final deadline for nominations for the next class.

What are the age requirements?

South Carolina residents between the ages of 30 and 45 are eligible. The candidate must not have turned 46 by July 1, 2019 to be considered for the upcoming class.

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.

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.  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.

How many are nominated each year?

It varies from year to year, 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.

The candidate does not need to be nominated again. However, it is a good idea for candidates with a strong interest to submit updates – particularly in the areas of career and community or state engagement. 

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 I save an incomplete form to edit/submit later?

Once you begin a nomination, you must complete it in its entirety- it cannot be saved and returned to later.  Please make sure you have the candidate's photo, resume, address, date of birth and other information before you begin the nomination form.  All of the required nominee information is shown in step 1 of the nomination form.  Step 2 is where you will enter your contact information.