Harvard 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, together 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 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.


We are excited to welcome a 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.

The 2022-23 LEAD fellowship program will run from September 2022 through August 2023. The program structure will begin as a virtual engagement with a blend of executive coaching, mentorship, virtual speaking engagements and credentialing/orientation. In the spring semester, January – May, fellows will engage in an in-residence experience of living in Cambridge, Massachusetts. During the in-residence period, fellows will engage in their full curriculum of coursework, workshops, meetings, events and networking. We look forward to welcoming the selected fellows here next year.

This program is co-sponsored by the Harvard Global Health Institute and the Women and Health Initiative 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.

The 2022 Application for the LEAD Fellowship is now OPEN. Applicants will be notified in June 2022 if they have received the LEAD fellowship opportunity. 


The deadline for applications is April 25th, 2022.

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