Lead Fellowship

HGHI Lead Fellowship for Promoting Women in Global Health

Women are agents of change when they work in leadership positions. Research shows that they implement policies that create better lives for families, communities, and nations. They find ways to support and lift up women and children, who continue to experience a disproportionate burden of disease and death worldwide. Still, women remain underrepresented among the leadership ranks in public health, medicine, and in the health and life sciences.

In an effort to equip and empower more 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. Harvard Global Health Institute 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 program, 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.

We are excited to welcome a third cohort of LEAD Fellows, who will join a close-knit community of former Fellows from around the world. To date, Fellows have come from 6 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.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in accordance with Harvard University protocol, the 2021-22 LEAD fellowship program will begin virtually during the fall semester (September through December 2021). We are excited to announce that the 2021-2022 fellowship will 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, and we look forward to welcoming the selected fellows here next year. 

The 2021 Application for the LEAD Fellowship has closed. Applicants will be notified in August 2021 if they have received the LEAD fellowship opportunity. 

Jane Sun with the 2019 Jane Jei Sun LEAD Fellows Stela Bivol, Maureen Luba, Sai Subhasree Raghavan and Shabnum Sarfraz. October 22, 2019