Harvard LEAD Fellowship for Women from Developing Countries on Global Health

Fellowship in Health
  • United States, United States
  • Apply Before : March 15, 2024

Opportunity Details

  • Opportunity ID 207190
  • Degree Non Degree Program/Certificate
  • Fields of study Global Health
  • Opportunity Type : Fully Funded
  • Duration 1 Year
  • Gender MaleFemale
  • Language of Instruction English
  • Application Fee Required No

Opportunity Description

The Harvard Global Health Institute, in partnership with the Global Health and Population Department, accepts applications for the Harvard LEAD Fellowship for Women. This transformational fellowship promotes leadership skills in fellows from low- and middle-income countries. Applicants should be female with potential, which will, in turn, mentor future female leaders in global health.

Harvard LEAD fellows will benefit from a tailored leadership training program, independent project work, and speaking and networking opportunities. Additionally, this unique opportunity enables fellows to build a global network of peers and make relationships across schools and departments of Harvard University.

The academic year 2024-25, the Harvard LEAD fellowship will start from September 2024 through August 2025. The fellowship structure is virtual, with a four-week in-residence experience in Cambridge in April 2025. The program’s curriculum includes executive coaching, speaking engagements, mentorship, executive education courses, meetings, workshops, events, and networking.

The 2024 – 2025 LEAD Fellows cohort will join a global community of former fellows from 16 countries across Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, and South America. Their expertise covers various fields, including HIV/AIDS, healthcare, and health policy.

Harvard LEAD Fellowship Important Details

Application Deadline: 15 March 2024 (5 PM EST)

Fellowship Period: 01 September 2024 to 31 August 2025

In-Residence Period: One month in April 2024

Location: Cambridge

Host Organization: Harvard University

Co-Sponsored By: Harvard Global Health Institute and Global Health and Population Department

Funding Type: Fully-funded

Gender: Female Only

Eligible Country: All

Focus Area: Health

Benefits of Harvard LEAD Fellowship

Fellows will benefit from the following:

  • LEAD Fellowship will cover the applicant’s visa fees, housing, and flights;
  • A living stipend will be available for the four weeks in residence;
  • Personal coach and executive leadership training;
  • Aligned interests 1:1 mentorship by Harvard Faculty;
  • Opportunity to speak at Harvard and global events;
  • Free enrolment across different departments in Harvard courses;
  • Private Workshops enhancing applicant’s leadership skills by leading experts;
  • Four-week in-residence experience at Harvard University in April 2025

Harvard LEAD Fellowship Criteria

Applicants should meet the following criteria:

  • Applicants can be from any nationality;
  • Should be a full-time employee in global health and prove at least 15 years of professional experience;
  • Have demonstrated leadership experience;
  • Champion to serve as an internal mentor in their organization;
  • Take one month’s leave of absence from their home institution throughout the in-residence experience in April 2025;
  • Obtain a J-1 visa for traveling to the USA in April 2025;
  • They must be able to reside in Cambridge, MA.
  • The fellows must not have participated in a full-time fellowship of at least four months or longer during the two years before arrival at Harvard.

2024-2025 Program Overview

Please read the detailed information about the Harvard LEAD Fellowship:


During the fellowship, fellows will serve as visiting scientists at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Department of Global Health and Population.

FALL SEMESTER (September-December):

Fellows will virtually participate in planning their personal growth and leadership plans. They will also receive executive leadership coaching, academic credentialing, J-1 visa arrangements, and engage in virtual events and mentorship meetings.


Fellows will attend online executive education courses, monthly leadership workshops, and public speaking opportunities. In April, fellows will have a month-long in-person experience in Cambridge, MA, attending courses and seminars and meeting mentors.


Fellows will collaborate with their home organizations to execute their leadership plans, host training events, participate in virtual events, and mentor future fellows.

How to Apply?

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