“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-2020

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 2020 will be held in two parts: an optional introductory session on September 12, 2020, in Washington, DC,; and a required week in Aspen, Colorado, from September 19 to September 27, 2020.  The application process opens in January and the final deadline for receiving applications in Denver is May 29, 2020.  Some sponsoring organizations have their own internal selection processes with earlier deadlines.  Check with your organization's Human Resources Department 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 with a copy to Letters of recommendation may also be sent electronically directly from the recommender to with a copy to

Please Note: There is no application fee. With the exception of some sponsored ICAP Fellows, applicants selected as participants in ICAP 2020 are responsible for their own travel expenses to Aspen.  Otherwise, program costs and meals in Washington, DC, on September 12, as well as all program costs, conference expenses, room and meals in Aspen during the September 19-27 period are covered by either the sponsoring organization or ICAP donors.

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