Summer Institute for Emerging Managers and Leaders
This fellowship offers students from HBCUs and HSIs an unrivalled opportunity to launch their future in business management.

Participating Campuses

What are the details?


The program will accept 50 students each year.  Students must be current sophomores or juniors enrolled at a four-year HBCU or HSI during the 2018-2019 academic year.  Students are encouraged to apply from any major, but they must demonstrate an interest in: leadership and professional development, attending a graduate business program, and in developing quantitative skills.  While the selection process is competitive, program administrators are driven to bring together a diverse group of emerging managers and leaders with a variety of skill sets.

Students who successfully complete the program, will receive a fellowship that will cover one year of their tuition and fees if they are admitted to one of the six University of California graduate business schools.  This includes the MBA or Ph.D. degrees, and other business master’s degree programs in innovation & entrepreneurship, finance, business analytics, accounting, and financial engineering.

List of graduate degree programs by business school*:

List of graduate degree programs by business school
UC Berkeley UC Davis UC Irvine UC Los Angeles UC Riverside UC San Diego
Accounting   MPAc MPAc   MPAc MPAc
Biotechnology Management     MSBTM      
Business Administration MBA (1) MBA (2) MBA (1) MBA (2) MBA (3) MBA (1) MBA (2) MBA (1) MBA (2) MBA (1) MBA (2) MBA (1) MBA (2)
Business Analytics   MSBA MSBA MSBA   MSBA
Engineering Management     MSEM      
Finance     MFin   MFin MFin
Financial Engineering MFE     MFE    
Innovation & Entrepreneurship     MIE      
PhD PhD   PhD PhD PhD PhD

*does not include executive programs


The Summer Institute is an all-expense-paid program that includes: airfare; room and board, transportation; events, and excursions that are part of the program.


The 2019 session will run from Sunday, May -19th – Wednesday, May 29th. Upon completion, students are issued a certificate of completion as an emerging leader and manager that can be cited on their resume and provided as evidence of marketable skills. In addition, students are eligible to receive one year of funding if they are admitted into a to a UC graduate business management program.


As a system wide initiative, the immersion program rotates throughout the University of California's six business schools. This year's program will be held at The Rady School of Management at UC San Diego - a business school that develops ethical and entrepreneurial leaders who make a positive impact in the world through innovation, collaboration and knowledge. The Rady School offers a Full-Time MBA program, a FlexMBA program for working professionals, a Ph.D. program, a Master of Finance program, a Master of Science in Business Analytics program, a Master of Professional Accountancy program, Executive Education and undergraduate courses. Recognized for world-class faculty, the Rady School is at the nexus of research, development and innovation — it underlies our curriculum and our academic model.

How do I apply?