The U.S. Latino Leadership Fellowship

This week  we’d like to tell you about a great funding opportunity at the Harvard Kennedy School: the U.S. Latino Leadership Fellowship.

This fellowship is sponsored by the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) Center for Public Leadership (CPL) in order to bring together talented and emerging leaders who are committed agents of transformation in U.S. Latino and other under-served communities.

U.S. Latino Leadership Fellows are leaders who:

  • Create sustainable change in under-served communities by leveraging community assets
  • Inspire innovative change in local and national programs and policies
  • Build cross-sector partnerships and collaborations

Previous U.S. Latino Leadership Fellows have addressed disparities in their communities through efforts in public policy, education, economic development, health care, immigration, social entrepreneurship and a variety of other fields.

If you’re a practitioner, scholar or activist ready to lead the transformation of U.S. Latino and other under-served communities, this could be a game changing opportunity for you.

So what does the fellowship provide?

  • U.S. Latino Leadership Fellows are awarded a full tuition scholarship to HKS and health fees for up to two years, depending on the length of their graduate program.
  • Fellows are also eligible for a living stipend for up to two years.
  • A comprehensive co-curricular leadership development program set within the Harvard ecosystem and offering a robust network of faculty and students.

Key Fellowship Components Include:

  • Fall Annual Retreat: CPL Fellows begin engaging one another and developing their network of fellows, faculty, and alumni that will support their aspirations as leaders.

  • Dream Trusts: Dream Trusts are a structured opportunity for fellows to receive counsel and support from a trusted and experienced group of peer advisors. Each fellow has at least one opportunity to present a leadership challenge to the group.

  • Leadership Discussion Series: On a weekly basis, the fellows engage one another as well as practitioners and local and national leaders on current challenges and opportunities for Latino leadership.

  • Field Experience: Fellows choose a city or a small region to take a multi-day field experience. On this trip, they meet with local leaders in order to gain an understanding of deep rooted societal problems and innovative approaches to resolving them. Fellows plan, coordinate, and lead the field experience.

  • Connection with CPL and U.S. Latino Public Leadership Initiative Network: Fellows engage with a diversity of emerging leaders from the U.S. and other parts of the world through opportunities like roundtable discussions, mentoring experiences with fellowship alumni, leadership skills workshops, and networking events.


The fellowship is open to all admitted degree program students at HKS. Domestic students from underrepresented groups with an interest in government, medicine, law, education, business and public health are encouraged to apply.


Please note that the U.S. Latino Leadership Fellowship application is separate from the HKS application. (Note: application deadlines for the 2018-2019 season have not been released, so be sure to check the HKS website regularly for updates).

Applicants must submit (subject to change):

  • A biographical profile, not to exceed 150 words. (This profile should be short, concise, and in the third person). Please include the following highlights: an introductory sentence including your name; the degree you are pursuing at HKS, in addition to any joint degree at Harvard or concurrent degree program at another graduate or professional institution; where you are from and where you currently reside; an overview and highlight of your relevant work/professional experience; significant leadership achievements including awards or certifications; and educational credentials with the degrees earned and institutions attended.

  • A document containing written responses to the following two essay prompts:

    • Please discuss a topic you are passionate about as it pertains to reducing disparities in U.S. Latino communities and your experiences as they relate to this topic. Please use specific examples in your response (750 words or less).

    • Please discuss your interest in the U.S. Latino Fellowship and how your leadership goals have motivated you to apply (200 words or less).


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