University of California summer institute for emerging managers and leaders

Key Dates

Sept. 14 Online Application Opens

The application for 2021 SIEML program opens September 14th, 2020. Create your log in and begin the application.

Jan. 5 Application Deadline

The application submission deadline is extended to Tuesday, January 5th at 11:59 PM Pacific Standard Time (PST).

Late March Decisions Announced

All applicants will be notified of the admission committee’s decision by the end March.

May 16-27 2021 SIEML Program

The 2021 immersive business leadership program will be hosted by UC Riverside's A. Gary Anderson School of Management  from Sunday, May 16th through Thursday, May 27th, 2021.

SIEML 2021 hosted by UC Riverside


SIEML is a systemwide initiative that aims to increase diversity in graduate business programs at the six University of California business schools.

Eleven days this summer can lead to a lifetime of opportunity

The Summer Institute for Emerging Managers and Leaders (SIEML) offers an all-expenses-paid immersive business and career leadership experience for undergraduate students currently enrolled in their sophomore or junior year at an HBCU (Historically Black College and University) or HSI (Hispanic Serving Institution). SIEML alumni are eligible to receive up to two years of full fee and tuition fellowships at any of the six University of California graduate business schools.

The SIEML experience includes workshops and lectures from esteemed faculty and administrators from the six University of California business schools, networking with industry leaders, and company site visits. The program concludes with a case competition and closing celebratory dinner.


SIEML 2019 participants


2020 Case Prize Winners

case prize winners

2020 Case Competition

The Case Competition is one of the highlights of the SIEML expe­rience. Each year, the case study (a real or fictional business prob­lem) changes and is decided by the sponsor of the competition. Students are divided into teams and have four days to prepare their response or solution to the case before presenting it to a panel of judges comprised of industry leaders. This year’s case was provided by the Potrero Group and focused on identifying and recommending strategies and opportunities for growth for the non-profit organization Outdoor Afro.

Who can apply?

Applicants who meet all of the following criteria are invited to apply:

  • Students currently enrolled at an HBCU or HSI with sophomore or junior standing (students with a December 2021 graduation date are eligible to apply).
  • We accept applications from all majors—you just need to be interested in attending a graduate business program.
  • While we do not have a minimum GPA requirement, we encourage applications from students with at least a 3.0 GPA.