Program Overview

Aspire Leaders Program: Something-for-Everyone Experience

Aspire Leaders Program

Candidates for the program receive a host of academic and professional development resources through a tiered application structure that reaches thousands of students globally.

Extended Leadership Opportunities

Professional and Academic Grants, Community Action Awards, and Mentorship opportunities available for students that complete stage five during a full year after the immersive online classroom experience.

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:

  • be aged 18-26
  • be a first-generation college student from a low-income background OR be a refugee or displaced person as defined by the United Nations
  • be currently enrolled in an undergraduate program (or be a recent graduate from an undergraduate program not currently pursuing a graduate degree)

For more details about eligibility, please see the FAQ.

What are the program opportunities?

Through the program, students will:

  • Gain access to a leadership development course.
  • Participate in live seminars with Harvard and world-class faculty.
  • Exchange ideas in a virtual classroom with a global community of peers.
  • Network and gain mentorship from a global community of peers, educators, and professionals.

Am I able to apply to the Aspire Leaders Program again?

If you applied to the program previously but did not proceed through Stage 5, then you are welcome to reapply the following year!


Applications for the 2024 Aspire Leaders Program (ALP) will be announced soon!

Please feel free to fill out our interest form to stay updated.

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 mentorship, grants, networking, affinity groups, and local ambassador cohorts.


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