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LCDP Application, Tuition, and Eligibility

The application cycle for the 2022–2023 Leadership and Career Development Program is now closed.


Individuals may apply to the LCDP by completing the LCDP application form. A complete application comprises the following items:

  1. A current résumé or CV
  2. A 500-word essay describing your interest in the program
  3. A letter of recommendation from your immediate supervisor describing your leadership aspirations and potential (must be on institutional letterhead)
  4. A letter from your library director confirming that the library will provide support (i.e., time and financial) for your participation in a rigorous, one-year fellowship (must be on institutional letterhead)

The supervisor and library director letters may be submitted with the online application form or via email to Mira Swearer at mira@arl.org. Individuals with concerns about obtaining any of the required application materials and/or requests for accommodations within the application process should contact DeLa Dos at dos@arl.org.

Applications will be reviewed by the LCDP Selection Working Group.


Tuition for the yearlong fellowship is $5,000 for professionals employed in ARL member libraries, $6,000 for all others, to be paid at the beginning of the program.

Tuition covers the following items:

  • Expenses for administering and delivering the LCDP
  • Assessment tools administered during the program
  • Some meals associated with attending the orientation session and institutes
  • Program materials and audiovisual services for all events
  • Hosting of the closing ceremony and capstone session

In addition to tuition, the fellow’s institution will be responsible for the following items:

  • Participant’s travel, meals, and lodging expenses to attend in-person LCDP events (note: events for the 2022–2023 LCDP may be held in person or virtually)
    • LCDP orientation
    • Two LCDP institutes
    • LCDP closing ceremony
    • Visit to career coach’s institution
  • Providing release time so that the fellow can fully participate in programs, participate in online sessions, and engage with their career coach


To be eligible to participate in the LCDP, you must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Identify as being from an underrepresented racial or ethnic group, based on the categories outlined by the US Census Bureau or Statistics Canada as well as First Nations, Métis, and Inuit people classifications
  • Be a citizen or resident of the United States or Canada
  • Be employed as a library, archive, or information professional in any setting
  • Demonstrate a strong interest in pursuing leadership roles within an institutional setting or within the profession