The Advanced Leadership Fellowship is designed to enhance and leverage the skills of highly accomplished, experienced leaders who want to apply their talents to solve significant social problems, including those affecting health and welfare, children and the environment, and focus on community and public service in the next phase of their careers.
In January of 2009, a select group of Harvard Advanced Leadership Fellows embarked on a flexible, enriching, pioneering year of preparation to jump-start their next career. Our fifth cohort began this past January and we are now accepting expressions of interest for the next group of global leaders who will join us in January, 2014.
Advanced Leadership Fellows have structured opportunities to exchange ideas with peers and faculty as well as flexible, individualized opportunities to work towards their own goals. They may mentor students, lead study groups, and with faculty permission, sit in on relevant courses throughout many parts of the University. A Partner Program enables a spouse or partner to accompany the Advanced Leadership Fellow as a program participant. Advanced Leadership Fellows participate in a unique interfaculty Core Course, lead by distinguished faculty from many fields. AL Fellows meet and engage with other leaders grappling with major social and global challenges, as they explore new solutions to some of the most pressing needs facing the world's communities. They travel on guided field immersion trips that enrich their understanding of the complex nature of social institutions.
The year leads toward development and refinement of the Fellows' plans for their next stage work. This may include:starting a foundation or social enterprise, building a campaign for a cause, authoring a book or publication, or another accomplishment with the potential for big impact on a major social problem. In the Fall of the Fellowship year, each AL Fellow will present their plans to peers, faculty, colleagues, and the Advanced Leadership community.
Network membership will continue beyond the Fellowship year, with AL Fellows joining in future activities as they contribute to the collective success of a growing global network of like-minded, accomplished social innovators.