Each year, VGL selects 20-30 talented student veterans for its 12-month fellowship program that consists of leadership development, mentorship, workshops, networking and much more. The start of the 12-month fellowship program begins with the 4-Day Flagship Seminar at the end of each July. The 4-Day Flagship Seminar invites world-renowned speakers, highly trained instructors, newly selected VGL fellows, VGL alumni, corporate partners and VGL supporters. 


1. Setting the conditions for success

We create an annual plan to recruit mentors with a passion for their positions, with broad networks, and who are adept at providing constructive criticism and translating military service skills and values into relevant workforce framing and parlance.  We identify and recruit high-quality, proven mentors to ensure that each fellow has the right mentor to maximize their success. 

2. What gets measured gets managed

Prior to the beginning of the academic year we provide over-arching guidance on the value of the mentorship program and how to make best use of it.  We provide resources for fellows to develop their mentorship plans which will guide their interaction with their mentor, and guidance on how to take advantage of all of VGL’s resources.


3. Ongoing Support and Coordination

Mentors and fellows will jointly finalize the fellow's mentorship plans and engage in an ongoing basis to achieve as many of the fellow’s goals as possible in 12 months. This is a living document and we expect the plan to evolve as fellows decide how they want to add the most value to our nation.

4. Evaluate results and maintain connectivity

Upon completion of the fellowship, we survey our fellows and mentors to evaluate their experiences in the program, matched against their expectations at the start of the fellowship cycle. We engage with each fellow and mentor to maintain continuity across fellowship classes and increase the impact of the VGL network.


Exclusive events for our fellows, mentors and leadership team. Recent events include the Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR) Leadership Seminar with retired General David Petraeus, Hakluyt Leadership Seminar with former CIA Director John Brennan, and Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Leadership Seminar with former White House Chief of Staff Dennis McDonough. 

Michael Hayden | David Petreaus | John Brennan | Dennis McDonough


Our organization brings together the best and brightest minds in national security and foreign policy fields. Veterans in Global Leadership hosts events for our fellows throughout the U.S. from think tanks to top universities. Our networking and panel events are also open to the public. Check out our events page for upcoming events.


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Veterans in Global Leadership provides specific support for specialized issues that female fellows navigate in their academic and professional lives. The program includes monthly calls with the current female fellows, and other professional and development support.