March 18, 2022

Harvard LEAD Fellowship for Promoting Women in Global Health | 2022 - 2023 Application OPEN!

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 offers a transformational fellowship specifically designed to promote leadership skills in individuals from low- and middle-income countries who will, in turn, mentor future female leaders in global health. We are excited to announce that the 2022 LEAD Fellowship application is now open!


We look forward to welcoming the fourth cohort of LEAD Fellows, who will join a close-knit community of former Fellows from around the world. To date, Fellows have come from 8 different countries, with representation from Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, and South America. Their areas of focus have ranged from HIV/AIDS and healthcare to health policy at the highest levels of government and span disciplines including research, advocacy, administration, and policy. You can learn more about our current and past Fellows here.

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

The 2022-2023 LEAD fellowship program will begin virtually during the fall semester, September through December 2022. During the fall semester, Fellows will engage virtually to plan their unique personal growth and leadership plan. Deliverables for this part of the fellowship will include academic credentialing, obtaining a J-1 visa for travel, registering/ planning for spring semester courses, participation in 1:1 executive leadership coaching, speaking in virtual events, and mentorship meetings. 

During the spring semester, January through May 2023, Fellows will reside in the Cambridge area.  Fellows during this time are engaged in a full curriculum of in-person Harvard courses. The curriculum during this time will include a blended format of Harvard courses, monthly leadership workshops, mentorship, team-building opportunities, and public speaking opportunities. Fellows are required to take a leave of absence from their work responsibilities during this time (January – May). 

For the duration of the fellowship, fellows will hold a visiting scientist appointment at the Department of Global Health and Population at the  Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information: We will continue to monitor the evolving pandemic and if traveling to Cambridge is not possible, we will switch to a virtual curriculum during the spring semester. In accordance with the Harvard University protocols and guidance, required vaccination, regular testing, and indoor masking will be required of LEAD Fellows during their time in-residence.


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 must take a leave of absence (or equivalent) from their home institution during the spring full curriculum semester. 
  • Applicants must be able to obtain a J-1 visa for travel to the United States in spring 2023, and must be able to reside in Cambridge, MA from January – May 2023. NOTE: Visa fees, 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 2022 application will close on April 25th, 2022.

The LEAD Fellowship program is made possible through the generous support of Jane Jie Sun, who established the LEAD fellowship in 2019 to advance the leadership skills of women leaders in global health.

Applicants will be notified in June if they have received the LEAD fellowship opportunity. 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, Fellowships Manager, Harvard Global Health Institute, at