The CSG Henry Toll Fellowship Program

Please note that the CSG 2019 Toll Fellowship will take place Aug. 23-27 in Lexington, Ky. Applications for the 2019 class have closed.

The Toll Fellowship, named for CSG founder Henry Wolcott Toll, is one of the nation’s premier leadership development programs for state government officials. Each year, theToll Fellowship brings 48 of the nation’s top officials from all three branches of state government to Lexington, Ky., for an intensive five-day, “leadership boot camp.” The program’s sessions are designed to stimulate personal assessment and growth, while providing priceless networking and relationship-building opportunities. 


Please note: The Henry Toll Fellowship is an intense leadership boot camp and not a traditional professional development/policy program. This experience challenges participants to move out of their comfort zones and take an introspective look at how they view themselves as leaders. Participants will engage in active, rigorous activity - both physically and mentally. Participants will not have any down time.


What are the 2020 Toll Fellowship dates, location & agenda?


Program Dates
Aug. 21-25, 2020
Those selected to the 2020 Toll Fellowship Program are required to participate in activities beginning on Aug. 21 at 4 p.m. EDT until 11 p.m. EDT Aug. 25. Breakfast will be provided on Aug. 26 for those with later flights/travel plans. Participants are also required to attend the 2020 Toll Fellowship Graduation Ceremony, which will take place during the CSG 2020 National Conference (dates and location to be determined).


Application Period
Individuals who plan to apply for the 2020 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 Hawaiian Time, Friday, May 8, 2020.


The Toll Fellowship will take place in downtown Lexington, Ky. Participants are required to stay at the designated hotel for the entire duration of the program (Friday, Aug. 21-Tuesday, Aug. 25).


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 program are required to participate in all program activities beginning Friday, Aug. 23 at 4 p.m. EDT until 11 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, Aug. 25. Participation is defined as being present and engaged in all activities and functions. This program is an intense leadership boot camp; applicants should understand that there is no downtime.


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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. Watch what past alumni have to say about the program >> 


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What is the application/selection process?
Application Process
Individuals interested in applying for the 2020 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 Hawaiian Time, Friday, May 8, 2020. In addition to the online application form, all applicants will be asked to complete and provide the following by Friday, May 8, 2020:
These documents can be uploaded along with the online application or emailed to  When emailing documents, please indicate the name of the applicant and list the names of the attachments in the email body. You do not need to mail hard copies.

**IMPORTANT: You do not have to submit your entire application at once. We recommend submitting the initial online form as soon as possible so we can begin a file for your application.  Supporting materials such as the questionnaire, letters of recommendation and resume can be submitted as you complete them/as they are received. Deadline to have all materials submitted is midnight, Hawaiian Time on Friday, May 8.**

Selection Process
Selection for the CSG Toll Fellowship Program is highly competitive. Participants are chosen from all applications received during the 2020 application period. Selection of candidates is made by a panel of 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 2020.  Meet the 2019 Class >>


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How much does the program cost to attend?


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What should I expect if I am selected?



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What is required of participants?


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Who can I contact with questions?


Kelley Arnold
Communications and Membership
(800) 800-1910
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