University of Maryland Extension

Fellowship Program

Click here for "Growing Leaders," a general brochure about the LEAD Maryland Program.

Photo above: LEAD Class VIII Fellows (2013-14) completed a 4-day seminar in Annapolis, February 2014. Image Credit: Edwin Remsberg/Remsberg Photography

Printed copies of the "Growing Leaders" brochure are available in limited quantities by contacting the LEAD Maryland office at 410-827-8056, or .

Update as of May 2020: The application for the next class, LEAD Class XII is now one year later, due to the COVID-19 closures and cancellations.  Applications for Class XII will now be available June 1 of 2021, and applications will be due October 1 of 2021.   Class XII will participate in 2022-23. This delay allows Class XI Fellows the needed time to complete their Fellowships, and this new schedule will provide the best program possible for Class XII.

Please go to the LEAD Class Application tab on the left side of this website page to learn more and to apply.

LEAD Fellowships provide:

  • Public Issues Education (PIE);
  • Personal  growth and leadership development opportunities;
  • Communications and problem-solving skills training;
  • Support, direction, and resources to help emerging leaders succeed in serving agricultural, natural resources, and rural community sectors;
  • Opportunities to learn more about Maryland and to meet leaders from throughout the state!

Please see the complete application materials to learn more. 


Photo above: LEAD Class IX Fellows (2015-16) completed a 3-day seminar in Baltimore City, April 2016. Image Credit: Edwin Remsberg/Remsberg Photography

Photo above: LEAD Class IX Fellows (2015-16) completed a 3-day seminar in Dorchester County, September 2016.  Jim Perdue, Perdue Farms, speaks with fellows at a session hosted by Hooper's Island Oyster Aquaculture. Image Credit:  Edwin Remsberg/Remsberg Photography


LEAD Maryland's curriculum includes lessons learned through participation in an international study tour. Fellows learn different perspectives of issues, trade, culture, government, agriculture, the environment, and more. Fellows see themselves and the world around them differently. Travel changes people and LEAD's international study tours allows Fellows to grow as leaders.

Photos below are from LEAD study tours to Hong Kong (2011), Chile (2013), South Africa (2015).


(Above, Hong Kong, 2011, Photos by Susan Harrison)


(Above, Chile, 2013, Photo by Edwin Remsberg)


(Above, South Africa, 2015, photos by Edwin Remsberg)


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