The CSG Henry Toll Fellowship Program
The Toll Fellowship Program, named for CSG founder Henry Wolcott Toll, is one of the nation’s premier leadership development programs for state government officials. Each year, Toll Fellows brings 48 of the nation’s top officials from all three branches of state government to Lexington, Ky., for an intensive six-day, five-night “intellectual boot camp.” The program’s agenda includes a lineup of dynamic speakers and sessions designed to stimulate personal assessment and growth, while providing priceless networking and relationship-building opportunities. While each year’s program is unique, previous programs have included sessions on leadership personality assessment, media training, crisis management, appreciative inquiry, adaptive leadership and much more.
2015 Toll Fellowship Program
Program Dates: Aug. 28-Sept. 2, 2015
Application Period: CSG will begin accepting applications for the 2015 program on Oct. 1, 2014. Individuals who plan to apply for the 2015 Toll Fellowship Program must submit a completed online application form and all supporting materials (i.e., letters of recommendation and support, completed questionnaire, resume) by midnight, April 15, 2015
Location: Hyatt Regency in downtown Lexington, Ky
Please keep in mind detailed agendas will not be provided to participants in advance, we want you to come to the program open-minded and prepared for anything!
Those selected to the 2015 Toll Fellowship Program are required to participate in activities beginning on Aug. 28 at 5 p.m. EDT until 10 a.m. EDT on Sept. 2.
Toll Fellows Program FAQ
Please read entire FAQ prior to submitting your application:
Who should apply?
The Toll Fellows Program targets outstanding rising state government officials from all three branches of service. Elected, appointed and merit officials may all apply. Toll Fellows is designed as a “graduate” level program complimenting leadership development programs offered by CSG’s regional offices. It is, therefore, suggested but not required that applicants first complete their respective regional program.
The list of Toll Fellows Alumni is long and distinguished. Past Tolls have achieved great success including serving as governors, secretaries of state, chief justices, speakers and serving in U.S. Congress. Our alumni list boasts four current governors, four lieutenant governors, 10 secretaries of state, five chief justices, six members of Congress and the U.S. Secretary of Labor.
What is the application/selection process?
Individuals interested in applying for the 2015 Toll Fellowship program should submit the online application form and all supporting materials (i.e., letters of recommendation and support, completed questionnaire, resume) by midnight, April 15, 2015. In addition to the online application form, all applicants will be asked to complete and provide the following by April 15, 2015:
- One letter of nomination from a member of the applicant's state government
- Two letters of recommendation; these letters may be written by anyone the applicant has served with in state government, anyone who has been impacted by the applicant's leadership or anyone in a position to evaluate the applicant's leadership skills (letters from Toll Alumni are recommended but not required - view full Alumni list here)
- Current resume (limit to two printed pages)
- Completed questionnaire
These documents can be uploaded along with the online application or mailed to:
Henry Toll Fellowship Program
The Council of State Governments
c/o Kelley Arnold
2760 Research Park Drive
Lexington, KY 40511
A completed application form and all supporting materials must be submitted electronically or postmarked by midnight, April 15, 2015.
Selection for the CSG Toll Fellow Program is highly competitive. Participants are chosen from all applications received during the 2015 application period. Selection of candidates is made by a panel of 9 to 13 Toll Fellowship Program Alumni. Each year only 48 participants are selected—12 from each CSG region.
Participants selected for the program will be announced in June 2015.
How much does the program cost to attend?
Participants are only responsible for their transportation to and from Lexington. Lodging and meals are covered for the duration of the program (Aug. 28 at 5 p.m. EDT until 10 a.m. EDT on Sept. 2).
What should I expect if I am selected?
Keep an open mind. The Toll Fellows Program is designed to encourage participants to evaluate how they interact with the world around them.
Expect the unexpected. Toll Fellows will take place both inside the classroom setting and in the Central Kentucky community. You will not receive a lot of agenda details prior to the experience – so be prepared to roll with the punches!
Be prepared to push your limits. The Toll Fellows Program will challenge participants to move out of their comfort zones and take an introspective look at how they view themselves as leaders. You will engage in a week of rigorous activity – both physically and mentally.
Who can I contact with questions?
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