Harvard Lead Fellowship for Promoting Women in Global Health

The Harvard Global Health Institute and the Women and Health Initiative are excited to welcome the fourth cohort of LEAD Fellows, who will join a close-knit community of former Fellows from around the world.

In an effort to equip and empower more leaders in global health, together 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 female leaders in global health.

Harvard LEAD Fellows will have access to world-class faculty and 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 a 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.


Harvard Lead Fellowship for Promoting Women in Global Health will cover

  • Visas,
  • housing,
  • flights and a
  • living stipend for the months in residence.


  • Applicants from all continents, regions, disciplines, sectors, gender, and gender identities are welcome to apply
  • Candidates nominate themselves by applying for the fellowship.
  • 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.
  • There are no age limits or academic prerequisites. 
  • 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. 
  • They 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 to May 2023. 
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Application Process

The following documents are required for application for Harvard Lead Fellowship:

  • Resume/CV 
  • Upload Letter of Institutional Commitment
  • Letter of Mentor Commitment
  • Letter of Intent (1000 words)
  • Two Letters of Recommendation

To apply for Harvard Lead Fellowship, click here.

Deadline: April 25, 2022.

For more information on Harvard Lead Fellowship, visit the official site.

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