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

Harvard University Aspire Leaders Program 2024 is a fully funded opportunity for young students. The professors of Harvard Business School initiated this leadership program to improve the lives of marginalised youth worldwide and empower them to influence their communities.

This fully funded leadership program is especially targeted at those who come from low-income backgrounds. Harvard University Leaders Program 2024 is currently accepting applications from aspiring international candidates.

The application is Now Open!
Early Action Deadline: April 22, 2024

Final Application Deadline: June 19, 2024

Apply to the Aspire Leaders Program

Talent exists among youth around the world. Discover your potential or encourage others to learn more and apply. Proceed to the application form here.

About the Aspire Leaders Program
Who is it for?

This program is for students from social and financial adversity backgrounds. All applicants must meet the following criteria:

First-generation to attend university, meaning their parents did not complete an undergraduate degree
Low-income background
Ages 18-26
Current undergraduate students or recent graduates
OR students impacted by armed conflict and a natural disaster
For more details about eligibility, please take a look at the FAQ.

What are the program opportunities?

Through the program, students will:

Gain access to fully-funded HarvardX courses and leadership development tools.
Participate in live seminars with Harvard and world-class faculty.
Exchange ideas in a virtual classroom with a global community of peers.
Apply for grant and mentorship opportunities.
Does this program require travel?

All stages of the Aspire Leaders Program are delivered online. We suggest access to the internet and a mobile device, laptop, tablet, or computer.

Is English knowledge required?

All stages are delivered in English; however, if English is your second language or you are not 100% fluent, we still encourage you to apply and do your best.

Am I eligible if I have applied before?

If you applied for the 2024 program, you can apply again – unless you are an alumnus and have completed all five stages. Congratulations on your perseverance!


Students who apply by the Early Action Deadline will be the first cohort to progress through each stage in 2023. You will be welcomed to Stage 1 on a rolling basis and continue from there. The Aspire Leaders Program is competitive, and we strongly encourage you to submit your application early.

Once accepted to the Aspire Leaders Program, students will continue through a multi-stage selection process, culminating in the finalist program, delivered virtually. This occurs 4-5 months after the application deadline.

What are the outcomes?

Aspire Institute’s leadership development offerings will tangibly support the next steps of your journey as a young leader. The Aspire alumni network is a dynamic and diverse group spanning countries worldwide. Membership in this group provides access to regional cohorts, affinity networks, and a lifelong community of peers and educators worldwide.

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.