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Apply to the Harvard University Aspire Leaders Program(Fully-funded)

Apply to the Harvard University Aspire Leaders Program(Fully-funded)

The Aspire Leaders Program extends a warm invitation to low-income, first-generation college students, and recent graduates from all corners of the globe to embark on a transformative, free, online, three-module leadership development expedition.

2024 Program Applications Now Open! Apply Here

Aspire Leaders Program Eligibility

  • Age: 18-26 years old
  • Hailing from a low-income background
  • A first-generation college student or recent graduate not currently enrolled in a graduate program
  • Proficiency in intermediate-level English

For more detailed eligibility information, please visit our FAQ page.

The Aspire Leaders Program Journey

MODULE I Three Weeks

Personal and Professional Development

  • Assessment of strengths-based leadership skills.
  • Access to professional development resources, co-crafted with Harvard Business School. These resources include guidance for building a LinkedIn profile, crafting an effective resume, interviewing tips, and networking advice.
  • Opportunities for live interactions within a global cohort of peers.

MODULE II Seven Weeks

Aspire Leadership Course: Societal Impact for First-Generation Leaders

  • A six-session leadership development course, augmented by an additional week for dedicated coursework, meticulously designed and presented by esteemed Harvard University faculty.

The journey unfolds as follows:

  • Week One: Understanding Yourself as a Leader
  • Week Two: The Importance of Understanding Context and Building Trust
  • Week Three: Navigating Digital Transformation and Artificial Intelligence
  • Week Four: Live Discussion – Addressing Community Challenges
  • Week Five: Voices of Leaders
  • Week Six: Live Discussion – Taking Action in Your Communities Worldwide
  • Week Seven: Independent Coursework and Module 3 Preparation


Immersive Learning

  • Engage in masterclasses led by world-renowned educators from esteemed universities worldwide.
  • Experience a blend of asynchronous and synchronous learning, fostering connections with a global cohort of peers and mentors.

Alumni Engagement

Alumni receive the keys to an energetic community of young leaders, seasoned mentors, and valuable social impact seed funding.

Read Alumni Stories


Each cohort embarks on the same three-module program alongside a fresh group of Aspire Leaders. We encourage you to apply and journey with us today!

Cohort 2 and 3

  • Application Deadline: Thursday, March 21, 2024 at 11:59 p.m. EST (Boston, USA)
    Cohort 2 Program Dates: April – Aug., 2024.
  • Application Deadline: Wednesday, July 3, 2024 at 11:59 p.m. EST (Boston, USA)
    Cohort 3 Program Dates: Aug. – Nov., 2024