Applications for IWIL Training Academy’s Class of 2021 are now open!

The deadline for applications is Tuesday, November 10, 2020 at 10:00pm CT. If you have any questions, please contact

You must follow the steps below to apply. Only complete applications will be considered. If you are re-applying, you must provide a new application and re-submit letters of recommendation. It is incumbent upon applicants to ensure all supplemental materials are received by the deadline.

To apply, please complete the application form through the link below.

Click here to complete the application form. 

The form will require you to submit the following materials:

  • A general application questionnaire
  • Three short essays
  • A current resume in PDF format and no longer than two pages
  • A recent high-resolution headshot or photograph of yourself in JPG or PNG format

Lastly, please secure two (2) signed letters of recommendation, one of which must be from a Democratic elected official, a Democratic Party official or a Labor leader. Letters must be sent directly to IWIL Training Academy at the address provided below by the person making the recommendation. Letters may also be scanned and sent directly to the email address below. Emailed letters must be signed by and come directly from the personal or official email address of the person submitting the letter.

Applications must be submitted electronically by November 10, 2020 at 10:00 pm CT. Letters of recommendation must be postmarked or emailed by November 10, 2020. If emailed, they must be received by 10:00pm CT.

Additional Information
IWIL Training Academy will continue to hold our regular intensive program with the Class of 2021 in-person or on a virtual platform. We will conduct our program based on the current guidelines from the appropriate government agencies to reduce the risk of COVID-19. 

In the event programming is in-person, IWIL Training Academy provides a $500 Downstate Stipend for those who live 250 miles away from the intersection of State and Madison, Chicago, IL.

Accepted applicants agree to share their personal contact information with IWIL Training Academy Alumnae.

Contact Information
IWIL Training Academy Application Address: 


Illinois Women’s Institute for Leadership Training Academy
500 Dearborn, Suite 1000
Chicago, IL 60654

An agreement will be emailed after the application deadline to those who are chosen for an interview. This must be signed and returned in order to receive an interview.

2021 Program Calendar
*Dates are tentative and will be confirmed during the selection process

January 29th – 31stOrientation

(Likely Virtual)

March 5th – 7th – Getting Ready to Run and Fundraising Training

(Likely Virtual)

*April 19th – 21st or 26th – 28th State Government Training


*April 19th or 26th Annual Springfield Event


June 8th – 10thFederal Government Training

(Washington, DC)

July 22nd – 25thMedia Training


August 26th – 29thSouthern Illinois Barb Brown Training

(Southern Illinois)

October 14thGraduation and Annual Fundraiser