Empower Women in Global Health: Join the Harvard Global Health Institute’s Followership Programme (2024-2025)- No Cost to Participants

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Applications are currently being accepted for the 2024–2025 Harvard Global Health Institute LEAD Fellowship Program.

The 2024–2025 LEAD Fellowship is a one-year program designed to help people from low- and middle-income nations improve their leadership abilities. In an effort to support the advancement of female leaders in the field of global health, the Harvard Global Health Institute (HGHI) and the Department of Global Health and Population at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health jointly offer it.

The 2024-2025 LEAD Fellowship program will feature a 12-month virtual curriculum supplemented by a four-week, in-person experience in Spring 2025. Throughout the fellowship year, participants will benefit from personalized leadership coaching, mentorship, executive education courses, speaking engagements, leadership workshops, and networking opportunities.

Harvard LEAD Fellows have the flexibility to design their own customized leadership development plans. They are connected with esteemed faculty members and senior mentors who provide guidance and instruction tailored to their individual interests and objectives. Additionally, LEAD fellows participate in specialized leadership training sessions as a cohort and are presented with chances for public speaking, networking, and independent project work. Each year, fellows graduate from the program having established a supportive network of peers and mentors throughout Harvard University. The fellowship program is especially meant to provide global health experts with the chance to think, network, and discover new things..


We encourage applications from individuals across all continents, regions, disciplines, sectors, and gender identities. Candidates nominate themselves by submitting an application for the fellowship.

  • Applicants must be employed full-time in the field of global health and possess a minimum of 15 years of professional experience beyond their education. Global health-related activities undertaken during university studies are not considered as professional experience.
  • Applicants should have significant leadership experience and demonstrate potential for further growth.
  • Applicants must receive support from their employer and have an advocate within their organization who acts as an internal mentor.
  • Applicants are required to take a leave of absence (or equivalent) from their home institution for the duration of the four-week, in-person component in April 2025.
  • Applicants must be eligible to obtain a J-1 visa for travel to the United States in April 2025 and must be available to reside in Cambridge, MA for four weeks.

Please be advised that visa fees, accommodation, and airfare will be covered by the fellowship, and a living allowance will be provided for the duration of the stay in the United States.

  • Candidates must not have participated in any full-time fellowship lasting four months or longer in the two years preceding their fellowship at Harvard.
  • All application materials must be submitted by 5 PM EST on Friday, March 15th, 2024.

Fellows are only required to be available without work commitments during their four-week, in-residence period in April 2024.


  • Throughout the month spent on campus during the residency, fellows will be provided with a living stipend for the duration of four weeks. Additionally, the fellowship covers visa fees, housing expenses, round-trip flights to and from Cambridge, MA, and all course fees. The fellowship is structured around the following core elements:
  • Executive leadership training with a dedicated coach
  • One-on-one mentorship by Harvard faculty members with aligned interests
  • Speaking engagements at Harvard and international gatherings
  • Enrollment in Harvard courses across various departments
  • Private skill-building workshops led by renowned experts

Selection Procedure:

  • Applicants will be informed of their selection status in May 2024.
  • The fellowship will commence on September 1, 2024, and conclude on August 31, 2025.

For further details,

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