Women in Global Health LEAD Fellowship

Welcome to the Women in Global Health LEAD Fellowship website.

In an effort to bolster the global progress being made to support female rising stars from low- and middle-income countries, the Harvard Global Health Institute and the Women and Health Initiative at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health together have developed a new fellowship program for women in Global Health.

This groundbreaking opportunity is open to women from all continents, regions, disciplines and sectors. The program will include a rigorous semster of mentorship, custom leadership training, speaking platforms, and protected time to focus on research. While in residence at Harvard University, fellows will have access to all the university has to offer, from its many schools (Public Health, Business, Government, Medical, Arts & Sciences, and others) to cross-univercity centers and peer fellowship programs. 

A call for applications will be posted on this website in January 2019, including selection criteria, submission deadlines, and other pertient details. 

Lean, Engage, Advance, Disrupt: Why a Women LEAD fellowship? 

Women are a driving force powering the production of health in their homes, in their communities, and as part of the global health workforce. Even though it is estimated that seven out of ten health workforce contributors are female, it is alarming that only 25% of high-level positions in global health are occupied by women.

While this is true within many wealthier countries such as the United States, the situation is especially difficult in low- and middle-income countries, where women face even more significant economic and social barriers to advancement. This inequality is a consequence of systemic impediments that limit the advancement of talented women leaders.

As noted in a recent Lancet article, several factors contribute to this discrepancy: inadequate guidance and mentoring, unequal expectations fulfilling family responsibilities while meeting promotion criteria, and overt bias and gender discrimination in the workplace.

In 2017, the Harvard Global Health Institute and the Women and Health Initiative at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health held a University-wide event bringing together Harvard faculty and women from international organizations and government to discuss the persistent social and gender inequality gaps in health care and the workplace, that hold women back.

It became clear that Harvard University, which houses some of the world’s most valuable resources and expertise, has a responsibility to provide rising leaders with the tools and relationships to propel their careers. 

Program Leadership

The Women in Global Health LEAD fellowship program will be led jointly by: 

Professor Ana Langer
Professor of the Practice of Public Health
Director, Women and Health Initiative
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Professor Ashish Jha
Dean for Global Strategy at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
K.T. Li Professor of Global Health
Director, Harvard Global Health Institute
Professor Ingrid Katz
Assistant Professor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Associate Physician, Department of Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital
Associate Faculty Director, Harvard Global Health Institute