University of California summer institute for emerging managers and leaders

Key Dates

Sept. 20 Online Application Opens

The application for 2022 SIEML program opens September 19, 2022. Create your log in and begin the application.

Jan. 3 Application Deadline

The application submission deadline is Tuesday, January 3rd at 11:59 PM Pacific Standard Time (PST).

Early March Decisions Announced

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

May 21-Jun 1 2023 SIEML Program

The 2023 immersive business leadership program will be hosted by The UCI Paul Merage School of Business from Sunday, May 21st through Thursday, June 1st, 2023.

SIEML '23 at the UCI Merage School of Business

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.


Group photo of the SIEML 2022 cohort on the UCLA campus wearing UCLA sweatshirts 

2022 Case Competition Winners

Group photo of the 2022 case competition winning team taken outside at UCLA Anderson

2022 Case Competition

This year's case competition focused on Candi & Co, a woman founded South African hair salon franchise.  Learn more about the 2022 case competition and first place team (pictured).

Who can apply?

Applicants who meet the following criteria are invited to apply:

  • Students currently enrolled at a four-year HBCU or HSI with sophomore or junior standing or
  • Transfer-ready California HSI community college students (only students who are applying for and planning to enroll in a four year college for fall 2023 are eligible).
  • Applicants nust be U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or undocumented students with AB540 or DACA status.
  • 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.