Fully Funded Fellowship at Harvard University

Fully Funded LEAD Fellowship Program 2019 is available at Harvard University.

LEAD Fellowship is a transformative process to empower emerging female leaders in global health. The program is a result of the efforts of the Harvard Global Health Institute and the Women and Health Initiative at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Moreover, it equips the rising female leaders from low- and middle-income countries.

The fellows will spend a semester at Harvard University engaging in tailored leadership training, mentoring, speaking and networking opportunities, and independent project work. This unique opportunity combines a 4-month residence at Harvard with the development and execution of an 18-month professional development plan. Selected fellows will take classes in any of Harvard’s schools based on their field of work; they will receive general leadership training and may get invitations to share their experiences and to lead, both while at Harvard and upon their return to their places of work. While at Harvard, they will have access to world-class faculty, classes, and executive education programs. They will also be part of a mentoring program focusing on their specific needs, industry and career path, utilizing mentors at Harvard, in their industry and in their home countries long past their time at the university.

Building on their Harvard experiences, fellows will return to their home organizations to execute their unique personal growth and leadership plan, with full support from their employers and institutional mentors. Deliverables for this part of the fellowship include hosting training events for peers on specific leadership skills, progress reports, and mentoring a future LEAD fellow as well as initiatives and action items specific to each fellow.

Eligibility and Requirements

  • Applicants for this mid-career fellowship must work full-time in the field of global health.
  • At least 15 years of professional experience, including proven leadership experience. Global-health related work completed as a university student does not count as professional experience.
  • Candidates need to be able to reside in the Boston/Cambridge area during their semester at Harvard. While at the university, they must be free of work-related commitments.
  • Full support of their employers, and also a champion in their organization who signs on as an internal mentor. If chosen, they also must agree in writing to honor the leave-stipulations made with their employers.
  • During at least two years prior to arrival, the fellows should not have participated in a full-time fellowship that lasted 4 months or longer.
  • Women from all continents, regions, disciplines and sectors are eligible to apply.

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