“ICAP has strengthened my leadership skills and provided me with the strength, the guidance and the tools to continue facing career challenges.”

Official with the

Inter-American Foundation

“The week in Aspen was a once in a lifetime experience that has already changed my life and outlook.”

Foreign Service Officer

”ICAP has been a watershed week for me. I leave feeling empowered, hopeful for the future and confident.“

Foreign Service Officer

Application to ICAP


The mid-career participants who attend the International Career Advancement Program are carefully selected from applicants who:

  • Have a demonstrated commitment to increasing the diversity of senior leadership in the United States in international affairs;

  • Are US citizens or permanent residents;

  • Are professionals who have been or are now in international careers, generally with 7 years or more of professional work experience;

  • Have command of at least one language other than English;

  • Have educational credentials necessary for advancement, usually a Masters, JD or other advanced degree;

  • Have outstanding achievements that demonstrate potential to serve in the highest levels of administration and policy making;

  • Have recommendations indicating unusual promise for leadership; and

  • Are committed to supporting other ICAP Fellows and to mentoring those junior to them in international affairs;

DOWNLOAD ICAP-Application-2019

Application: International Career Advancement Program, Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver, 2201 South Gaylord, Denver, Colorado 80208

ICAP Dates and Deadline: ICAP 2019 will be held in two parts: an optional introductory session on September 14, 2019, in Washington, DC; and a required week in Aspen, Colorado, from September 28 to October 6, 2019. The application process opens in January and the final deadline for submitting to Denver applications is May 31, 2019.  Some sponsoring organizations have their own internal selection processes with earlier deadlines. Check with your organization’s Human Resources to see whether it has a special application process and deadlines.

Completing & Sending Application: If applying directly to ICAP and you or your referees submit hard copies, please mail to the address above.  Applications may be sent electronically to icap@du.edu with a copy to Tom.Rowe@du.edu. Letters of recommendation may also be sent electronically directly from the recommender to icap@du.edu with a copy to Tom.Rowe@du.edu.

Please Note: There is no application fee. With the exception of sponsored ICAP Fellows, applicants selected as participants from the general pool of applications submitted to ICAP in Denver are responsible for their own travel expenses to Aspen and a $500 registration fee. Program costs, room and all meals in Aspen are otherwise covered. If an applicant is fully qualified and the only reason they are not selected for participation is inadequate ICAP funding, then special consideration will be given to those whose employers are able to cover a portion of the $7,000 per person cost of the program.

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