While the AL Fellowship is largely a self-guided journey of inquiry and discovery, AL Fellows participate in a unique core curriculum. The AL Fellowship is designed to provide each AL Fellow with the opportunity to customize their year as they advance a social impact project.
Course audits are a highly valued and valuable part of the Advanced Leadership Fellowship and represent the individualized part of the program in which AL Fellows pursue knowledge relevant to their project domains. Fellows may audit across the University’s professional schools and Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences. (Course audits are currently not available in the Harvard Extension School, first year or required MBA or Medical School courses, or Executive Education programs.)
With faculty approval, AL Fellows may audit up to two courses during the year.
AL Fellows are not expected to have a fully developed idea of their post-Fellowship project when they enter the program. Through the Core Course and course audits, AL Fellows define and develop their post- Fellowship project. Just before the June Field Experience, AL Fellows are focused explicitly on the development of their projects through independent study, research, or work with student teams.
AL Fellows will be responsible for the cost of any books or materials related to their specific course audits and any school or service-related fees such as parking. AL Fellows also pay travel expenses associated with the Field Experience or Global Conference.
AL Fellows frequently lead study groups and connect with students with shared interests or through class projects. These activities provide opportunities for students to learn from AL Fellows and assist in the advancement of their social impact projects.
Completion of the program involves development of a written analysis and action plan for intervention in the chosen societal problem area. This may include AL Fellows' "business plans" for their next steps and the impact they expect to make during the next stage of their careers. Previous projects have included creation of a social venture or foundation, authoring a book or other form of thought leadership, or transforming an existing mission-driven institution.
AL Partners are invited to attend all Advanced Leadership Initiative sponsored events such as organized dinners, Think Tanks, and the Core Course (COAL). AL Partners may also audit an available course, with the instructor's permission. AL Partners do not present a project, however, many have collaborated with their accompanying AL Fellow in advancing his or her work.