The Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership is proud to sponsor the Greenleaf Scholars Program. The purpose of the program is to select and support promising early career scholars and professionals who wish to study the impact of servant leadership in a wide range of organizational or social contexts. The program is administered through The National Forum on Higher Education for the Public Good at the University of Michigan.

The goals of the program are (1) to inspire a new generation of critical scholarship based on the concepts of servant leadership that were articulated by Robert K. Greenleaf; (2) to support rigorous empirical studies that offer evidence of the impact of servant leadership on the health and effectiveness of organizations and communities; and (3) to build a nurturing community of academic researchers, practitioners, and students who study and teach servant leadership.

Scholarship Awards

The Greenleaf Center will sponsor up to five awards each year for pre-tenured faculty, early career practitioners, and advanced graduate students who engage in research that explores servant leadership. Greenleaf Scholars will be selected by an international review committee comprised of faculty members from the following public and private universities in the United States and overseas, including:

  • University of Michigan
  • Gonzaga University
  • State University of NY at Buffalo
  • University of Illinois at Chicago

Each Greenleaf Scholar will receive an award of U.S. $2,500 to support outstanding research. Additionally, award recipients will receive support for the following:
•  Conference registration fees waived for attendance at the Greenleaf Center’s Annual International Conferences both while the Scholar is conducting his or her sponsored research and when the Scholar’s research is presented.
•  Inclusion of the Scholar’s manuscript in an annual National Forum edited monograph and encouragement to publish the research in peer-reviewed journals.


All recipients should hold a doctorate (no more than 5 years post-degree) or be at the dissertation stage of their doctoral studies.


The deadline for the 2019 program application is Wednesday, May 1, 2019.  All application materials may be downloaded here.

Additional program questions may be sent to: [email protected].