While the ALI Fellowship is largely a self-guided journey of inquiry and discovery, ALI Fellows participate in a unique core curriculum. The ALI Fellowship is designed to provide each ALI 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 ALI Fellows pursue knowledge relevant to their project domains. Fellows may audit across the University’s professional schools and Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
ALI 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 ALI 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 ALI 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.