The Institute for Leadership Studies offers a variety of opportunities for students. Check them out below: 

  • Bill Fitzgerald Award/Scholarship

    Former LMU Political Science Professor and Chair, Dr. William Fitzgerald has been named Distinguished Teaching Fellow of the Institute for Leadership Studies (ILS). Fitzgerald, who taught at LMU from 1953-1955, 1958-1962, and 1967-1991, is being honored for his many years of dedicated service to the University and the Department of Political Science. The Institute for Leadership Studies also administers a scholarship program in Fitzgerald’s name for students requiring financial assistance in the White House Internship, LMU-Oxford Scholars Summer Program, and other internships.

  • Hansard Scholars Program

    Each semester, the Institute for Leadership Studies, in conjunction with the Honorable Graham Allen, member of the British Parliament, awards a fellowship to the U.S.-British Hansard Fellows program. Hansard scholars attend the prestigious London School of Economics and Politics while working as interns for Mr. Allen in the House of Commons. At the London School of Economics and Politics, students take courses in British Politics & Government and Public Policy. This program began in 1994. As part of the program LMU students are exposed to the volatile world of British politics firsthand while receiving a full semester’s academic credit through their studies at the London School of Economics. See past recipients.

  • Oxford Scholars Program

    Dr. Michael Genovese initiated the LMU/Oxford University Scholars Program in 1994. The program takes place at The Queen’s College at Oxford University. Held over the summer, the program includes upper division courses with lectures by Oxford dons and the Hon. Graham Allen, Member of the British Parliament. In 2006, Professor Genovese was named a Fellow of The Queen’s College, Oxford University. The honor is the first of its kind awarded to an LMU faculty member.

  • London Semester Program

    In 2005, the Institute for Leadership Studies co-sponsored a new LMU study abroad semester program in London.

  • Washington D.C. Internships

    The Institute for Leadership Studies (ILS), in coordination with the Washington Center, co-sponsors a series of semester long internships in government agencies and public interest offices in Washington D.C.

  • ILS Annual Conference

    Each spring, the ILS sponsors a conference on the Dilemmas of Democracy. In 2002, the ILS presented its first conference entitled: “Polls and Politics: Can Democracy Survive?” The topic for the 2003 conference was “Getting Men to Get it; Male Responses to the Women’s Movement.” In 2004, the topic was “Academic Freedom.” 2005’s topic was “Presidential Leadership in an Age of Terrorism.” In 2006, the conference was entitled, “Local Participation in the New American City.” The most recent, in 2012, was "Preparing for Disaster: Are Our Leaders Ready?" These conferences bring together the top scholars from around the globe to discuss pressing public policy issues. Conference proceedings are published and available to scholars, public officials, and interested citizens.

  • LMU Papers Project

    In coordination with the Center for the Study of Los Angeles, LMU is currently collecting the public papers of distinguished LMU graduates, as well as local public figures, reform agencies, prominent Catholic families and Southern California Developers. “We hope to make LMU one of the main sources of public papers for the Los Angeles/Southern California region,” said Dr. Michael Genovese, Director of the Institute. LMU will eventually house the public papers of former House majority whip and Loyola alumnus Tony Coelho, former State Senator and Loyola alumnus David Roberti, and Mike Roos, the head of LEARN, and others.

  • Politics and Governance Journal

    Each spring, the Institute publishes a journal entitled: Politics and Governance. The best student papers from the previous year are published in the journal.

  • Graham Allen

    The Honorable Graham Allen, member of the British House of Commons, is an ongoing International Fellow of the Institute. Allen, who guest lectured for the LMU/Oxford Scholars Program during the summer of 1995, 1997, 2000, and 2001, has been integral in helping the Institute for Leadership Studies make opportunities available to students. Allen has also team-taught summer courses on British politics at LMU with Dr. Michael Genovese for the past several summers.

  • Leading Hands

    In 2006, the Institute for Leadership Studies co-sponsored a program designed to pair retired faculty members with students who would live with the retiree and be mentored by the retiree.

  • Leading Voices

    In 2006, the ILS began a “Blackboard Project” where senior professors give a “last lecture” and on a blackboard (which is preserved and displayed) write important lessons and messages they wish to leave behind for future students.

  • Keck Foundation Grant

    The LMU Institute for Leadership Studies is one of three universities selected to develop a new curriculum for liberal arts universities on "Teaching Responsible Leadership." This major grant involves developing new courses, research fellowships for students, and the creation of new programs for teaching leadership and ethics

  • Reagan/Nixon Fellowships

    As LMU is relatively close to both the Reagan and Nixon Presidential Libraries, the Institute is in the process of establishing fellowships to allow students to engage in original source research at both libraries.