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Application Details

Aspire Leaders Program Cycle Two

Stay tuned for the 2023 cycle one early action deadline!

Who is it for? 

This program is for students who are from backgrounds of social and financial adversity. 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/or a natural disaster

For more details about eligibility, please see 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.

Are students in cycle one eligible for cycle two?

If you apply to a cycle one program and are invited to Stage 1, then this means you are eligible for the Aspire Leaders Program. If you were not able to continue and complete Stage 1 or any other stage, then you are welcome to apply again to join the cycle two cohort.

If you progressed to Stage 2 or Stage 3 in cycle one, then we encourage you to continue taking HarvardX courses and attending faculty seminars while they are available. Congratulations! You have already learned and gained so much. If you do not continue to Stage 4 and/or Stage 5 then you can apply again the following year.

Timeline

Students who apply by the deadline and are eligible will begin moving through the stages. Whether students complete one stage or all five, they will gain skills and certificates along the way. 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 around the world. Membership in this group provides access to regional cohorts and affinity networks.

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