Harvard Learn, Engage, Advance, Disrupt “LEAD” Fellowship for Promoting Women in Global Health

Deadline: Friday 5PM, 15th March, 2024.


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.

To equip and empower more leaders in global health, together the Harvard Global Health Institute and the Global Health and Population Department at 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, 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.

The 2024-25 LEAD fellowship program will run from September 2024 through August 2025. The program structure is a virtual engagement with a 4 week in-residence experience in Cambridge, MA in April, 2025. Program curriculum includes a blend of executive coaching, mentorship, speaking engagements, executive education courses, workshops, meetings, events, and networking.

The 2024 – 2025 cohort of LEAD Fellows will join a close-knit community of former fellows from around the world. To date, fellows have come from 16 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. Past fellows’ areas of expertise span disciplines including research, advocacy, administration, and policy. You can learn more about our current and past fellows here.

This program is co-sponsored by the Harvard Global Health Institute and the Global Health and Population Department at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. LEAD Fellows will hold an academic appointment as a visiting scientist in the Department of Global Health and Population at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.


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