The Shelby Institute for Policy & Leadership

Preparing the Next Generation of Great Leaders

Shelby Institute for Policy & Leadership

The Shelby Institute for Policy and Leadership is a nonpartisan, interdisciplinary and student-focused establishment dedicated to educating and training future leaders of the state and nation.

Founded in 2023 and guided by the vision of Senator and Dr. Shelby, the Shelby Institute utilizes experiential learning, undergraduate research and civic engagement to teach students about policy, leadership and public service. 

“The state needs leadership — in every aspect, not just political leadership, but everywhere — and the University is the incubator for that.”

Senator Richard Shelby


The Shelby Institute is home to faculty and staff who are passionate about creating student opportunities and promoting public service.

Shelby Scholars

At the heart of the Institute is the Shelby Scholars Program, an undergraduate initiative tailored for individuals passionate about public service.

News & Events

Learn more about what’s taking place at the Shelby Institute.

The Shelby Institute is nonpartisan and was established by the University of Alabama System Board of Trustees in February 2023.