LEAD Fellows

EXCITING UPDATE: LEAD Fellowship for Promoting Women in Global Health | 2022 Spring Semester In-Person Opportunity!

In an effort to equip and empower more women leaders in global health, the Harvard Global Health Institute and the Women and Health Initiative at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health offer a transformational fellowship specifically designed to promote leadership skills in individuals from low- and middle-income countries who will, in turn, mentor future women leaders in global health. We are pleased to announce that the 2021-2022 fellowship will now include an in-person experience during the spring 2022 semester. The in-residence experience of living in Cambridge, Massachusetts offers the unique opportunity for in-person networking, classes, meetings, events and workshops. We look forward to welcoming the selected fellows here next year! Previous to this update, the LEAD fellowship was entirely virtual for the 2021-2022 cohort. 

Harvard Global Health Institute LEAD Fellows will have access to world-class faculty, are paired with senior mentors and the opportunity to build a custom curriculum that aligns with their own unique personal growth and leadership plan. Based on their specific interests and leadership goals, LEAD fellows will engage in a tailored leadership training program, have ample speaking and networking opportunities, and conduct independent project work. The fellowship offers the unique opportunity to build a global network of peers and relationships across schools and departments at Harvard University. The fellowship experience provides global health leaders time to reflect, recalibrate, and explore uncharted territories.



  • We welcome applicants from all continents, regions, disciplines, sectors, gender and gender identities. Candidates nominate themselves by applying for the fellowship. There are no age limits or academic prerequisites. 
  • Applicants must work full-time in the field of global health and have at least 15 years of professional experience. Global-health related work completed as a university student does not count as professional experience.
  • Applicants must have demonstrated leadership experience. 
  • Applicants must have the full support of their employer and a champion in their organization who serves as an internal mentor. 
  • Applicants are required to take a leave of absence (or equivalent) from their home institution/organization during the spring full curriculum semester (January – May 2022). 
  • Applicants must be able to obtain a J-1 visa for travel to the United States in spring 2022, and must be able to reside in Cambridge, MA from January – May 2022. NOTE: Visas, housing, and flights will be covered under the fellowship and a living stipend will be provided for the months in residence.
  • During the two years prior to arrival at Harvard, the fellows should not have participated in a full-time fellowship that lasted 4 months or longer. 

The application deadline has been extended to May 3rd, 2021


Interviews with selected candidates will be conducted in June / July with final selections made in August 2021. For more information on the LEAD fellowship experience, application requirements and eligibility please visit our website here.

For questions about the LEAD Fellowship contact Olivia Mulvey, Senior Coordinator, Harvard Global Health Institute, at olivia_mulvey@harvard.edu.