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Application and Nomination


The application window for Class X is March 10 - June 15, 2023.


Do you know someone who should be a part of a dedicated and talented network of leaders across our great state?
Nominate them to be part of the next RLND class.

Application Information

The application, essay questions, and self-evaluation can be completed online. Applicants can request an application packet that can be downloaded and mailed. The online Employer Release will need to be filled out by your employer and submitted to the RLND Office. At least three recommendation forms (available as an online form to send to your reference) are required for each candidate. The Memorandum of Understanding and your resume can be signed virtually and emailed or mailed by the application deadline. All materials are kept confidential.

Eligibility Requirements

  • You must have lived or worked in North Dakota for at least one year.
  • If you are not self-employed, your employer must approve that you can invest the required time to attend all seminars and are able to be away from communications during the seminar hours. Those who are self-employed must be able to be away from their businesses and the required communication during seminar hours.

Selection Process

Each RLND Class is selected by a committee of RLND Council members and the final selection is approved by the RLND Program Director. All applicants will have an in-person interview in your region. The selection process is highly competitive. Up to 25 participants are chosen for each class. Applicants are notified of the selection results in early July. Please notify the RLND office if you have changes in address, email address, or telephone numbers listed on your application.

Program Commitment

Each RLND Class is 18 months long, with no less than 21 days in year one and 24 days in year two of required time and attendance. Your commitment to the program includes attendance at all seminars. There are 7 multi-day seminars held throughout North Dakota, plus three travel seminars: five days in Minneapolis,  six days in Washington, D.C., and ten days in a foreign country (plus two travel days). The cost to each participant is $4,000. Since the total cost for each participant is around $16,000, investments from alumni, stakeholders and grants help offset the cost to the participants. 

Each participant is expected to fulfill the following commitments:

  • To attend all resident and travel seminars
  • To assume leadership responsibility
  • To participate in post-graduate leadership activities
Rural Leadership North Dakota (RLND) Class X (2023-2025) Seminar Information
Seminar Dates Location
Seminar 1: Orientation to the RLND Program November 15-18, 2023 Bismarck, ND
Seminar 2: Personal Leadership Development January 17-19, 2024 TBD
Seminar 3: Rural Resources and Issues February 14-16, 2024 TBD
Seminar 4: National Study Tour: Trends in Agriculture and Rural Issues March 18-23, 2024 Washington D.C.
Optional Online Book Study April/May/June 2024  
Seminar 5: Regional Study Tour: Agriculture and Rural Issues June 24-28, 2024 Minneapolis, MN
Seminar 6: Communication in Leadership November 20-22, 2024 TBD
Seminar 7: State Leadership within Agriculture and Rural Policies January 15-17, 2025 Bismarck, ND
Seminar 8: International Study Tour February 2025 (12 days within February 9-27)


Previous destinations include Spain, Chile, Vietnam, Thailand, Costa Rica, Panama, and Brazil

Seminar 9: Critical Thinking in Leadership March 26-28, 2025 TBD
Optional Online Book Study April/May/June 2025  
Seminar 10: Civic Engagement/Looking Ahead June 25-27, 2025 TBD
Graduation Gala November 21, 2025 Bismarck, ND

Application Steps – The application window for Class 10 is March 10 – June 15, 2023. Please click on each link to answer the appropriate questions. 

  1. Complete the General Application
  2. Complete the Application Essay Questions
  3. Complete the Self-Evaluation
  4. Upload your resume
  5. Send the Recommendation Form to two references. If you are self-employed, please send to three references.
  6. If you are not self-employed: your employer will need to sign and complete the Employer Support Agreement and a Recommendation Form. An agreement and recommendation will be emailed directly to your employer using the information you provide on the General Application. 
  7. Sign the Memorandum of Understanding and email it to
  8. In person interviews will be held early June across the state.

If you would like an alternative format for this application, please call RLND at (701) 361-0869 or email us at