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NIH Executive Leadership Program

Offers GS 15 and SES (and equivalent) leaders an opportunity to refine their leadership skills with a small cohort of high-performing NIH executives. Through this 7-month program, leaders will have the opportunity to engage with scholar practitioners via interactive discussions, NIH case studies and experiential exercises. Participants will have the opportunity to directly engage with NIH leadership by working on projects, attending special events and receiving support from peer mentors.

The Partnership for Public Service, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization with a mission to revitalize the government by transforming the way government works, is our new learning partner for the ExLP. Their Center for Government Leadership plays a critical role in developing more innovative and results-oriented federal leaders and we are excited about this new collaboration.

The ExLP is a leadership experience for current and aspiring “Top 5” leaders:

  • IC Directors
  • IC Deputy Directors
  • Scientific Directors
  • Executive Officers
  • Scientific Executives
  • OD Leadership Positions

2018-19 ExLP Brochure

2018-19 ExLP Brochure

2018-2019 ExLP Program Dates

Recruitment for the 2018-2019 ExLP will begin in January.


General Topics

Orientation: July 11, 2018
NIH Campus - Stonehouse

Launch 360 Assessment; Orient Participants to Program

#1 Leadership and Self-Awareness:
Sept 12-14
National Conservation Training Center, Shepherdstown, WV

Emotional Intelligence, Executive Leadership

#2 Executive Communications: October 10-11
The Partnership for Public Service, Washington, DC

Media Training and Executive Presence

Reflections: Insight from Former NIH Leaders: October 24
NIH Campus - Natcher, E1/E2

Lessons Learned and Insight from Former "Top 5" Leaders

#3 Leading Amid Uncertainty: November 7-8
The Partnership for Public Service, Washington, DC

Stress Management, Resilience, Influence, Crisis Management

Action Learning Work-Out: December 5
The Partnership for Public Service, Washington, DC

Develop Recommendations for Critical NIH Issue

Cafe/Meet and Greet with NIH OD Leaders: December 6
NIH Campus - Natcher, E1/E2

Explore NIH's Organizational Priorities

#4 Leading Change & Innovation:
January 23-24, 2019

The Partnership for Public Service, Washington, DC

Vision-Setting, Anticipating Evolving Priorities, Consensus Building, Negotiation

Cafe/Meet and Greet with IC Leaders/Or Other NIH Special Event: February 6
NIH Campus - Natcher, E1/E2


#5 Commitment to Public Service:
February 12-13

The Partnership for Public Service, Washington, DC

Collaborate Across Boundaries, Engage with HHS, Meet Members of Congress, Staffers and Key Officials on Capitol Hill

Graduation: March 13
NIH Campus - Building 35 A (Porter Neuroscience Building)

Celebrate Accomplishments


Read what ExLP alumni have to say about their experience.

NIH ExLP Alumni:

Tuition: $16,720 (all-inclusive)

2018-2019 ExLP Application

Executive Officers to submit signed ExLP applications to the NIH Training Center by April 25, 2018.

For general program questions, please contact Keisha Berkley, Program Manager, NIH Training Center at

This page was last reviewed on January 19, 2018