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The Emerging Leaders Institute (ELI) and Senior Leadership Institute (SLI) programs require application and acceptance into the program prior to enrollment.

Applicants may self-select or may be nominated by their supervisor/manager. In either case, the application must be accompanied by letters of recommendation as specified.

Please read the steps below carefully to ensure all requirements are met. 

Applications for the 2017 - 2018 ELI/SLI programs will be available the first week of May 2017. Applications must be submitted no later than June 12th, 2017. No late or incomplete submissions will be considered. Applicants will receive a notification of acceptance status no later than August 11th, 2017.


Step 1: Applications: Applications must be completely filled out and signed. This application is available in electronic and print-only formats. Please use the electronic version whenever possible. Responses in Section II should not exceed two hundred and fifty (250) words each. All required documents must be submitted together.

ELI Applications:

ELI Electronic Fill-able WORD Application 2016-17 
ELI Print Only PDF Application 2016-17 
ELI Print Only WORD Application 2016-17 

SLI Applications:

SLI Electronic Fillable WORD Application 2016 
SLI Print Only PDF Application 2016 
SLI Print Only WORD Application 2016 

Step 2: Recommendation Letters: Signatures may be scanned in if electronically submitted.

For ELI: A letter of supervisory/managerial support written on agency letterhead and one (1) other letter of approval from your agency HR director with his/her signature must be included as part of the application.

For SLI : A letter from the agency's Commissioner or Deputy Commissioner, written on agency letterhead and signed by the Commissioner or Deputy Commissioner must be included as part of the application.


Step 3: Application Checklist: All application materials must be submitted together. Please refer to the checklist at the bottom of your application to ensure your application is complete and able to be processed in a timely manner.


Step 4: Submitting Application: Completed applications may be submitted in three (3) different methods; email, standard mail or hand delivered.


Option 1 Email: Attach your application materials and email to eld.training@state.mn.us with the subject line of “Emerging Leaders Application” for ELI applications or “Senior Leadership Application” for SLI applications.

Option 2 Standard Mail: Mail your application materials to the following address: 

Emerging Leaders Institute (ELI) or Senior Leadership Institute (SLI)
c/o Enterprise Learning & Development 
400 Centennial Building,  658 Cedar St.  
St. Paul, MN 55155

Option 3 Hand Deliver: Hand deliver application materials to the 4th Floor Reception desk at the address listed above.

An application receipt will be confirmed via e-mail. If you do not receive a confirmation email within five (5) business days of submission, email us at eld.training@state.mn.us to verify receipt of your application. It is the applicant's responsibility to assure that the application is complete, including signatures on letters of recommendation.

Note: Applications for the 2016- 2017 ELI/SLI programs are now being accepted. No late or incomplete submissions will be considered. Applicants will receive a notification of acceptance status no later than August 12th, 2016.

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