The Aspire Leaders Program welcomes low-income, first-generation college students and recent graduates from around the world to join a free online interactive leadership development journey that is manageable along your other commitments.

Applications for the 2024 program now open! Apply Here

Aspire Leaders Program Eligibility

  • 18-29 years old
  • Low-income background
  • First-generation college student or recent graduate but not enrolled in a graduate program
  • Intermediate level English

If you meet these eligibility criteria and submit a 10 minute application, you will be accepted!

The Aspire Leaders Program Journey

Module I
Four Weeks (3-5 hours/week)

Personal and Professional Development

  • Strengths-based leadership skills assessment. 
  • Professional development resources co-created with Harvard Business School for creating a LinkedIn profile, crafting your resume, tips for interviewing, and how to network. 
  • Live interactions among a global cohort of peers.
Module II
Four Weeks (3-5 hours/week)

Immersive Learning

  • Masterclasses led by world-class educators from universities around the world. 
  • Asynchronous and synchronous learning with a global cohort of peers and mentors.
Module III
Six Weeks (3-5 hours/week)

Aspire Horizons Course

Six session leadership development course designed and delivered by Harvard University faculty. 

  • Week One: Understanding Yourself as a Leader
  • Week Two: Importance of Understanding Context and Building Trust
  • Week Three: Digital Transformation and Artificial Intelligence
  • Week Four: Voices of Leaders
  • Week Five: Addressing Community Challenges
  • Week Six: Being in Action in Your Communities Worldwide

“I have seen my confidence grow since participating in the Aspire Leaders Program. I received the opportunity to connect with amazing individuals and have the knowledge and resources to make a change in my community.”

– Nallely, ALP ‘22, Idaho, United States

“The best gift this program gave me is the idea that anything is possible and to trust in my talent and potential.”

Zarek, ALP ‘21, CAA ‘21, Mexico

“The classes, the interactions with professors, the feedback, public speaking, and active communication – we got to take all of that and apply it to our home context, and I’m still doing that now.”

Mariam, ALP ‘20, Lebanon

Extended Leadership Opportunities

Alumni gain access to a vibrant community of young leaders, mentors, and funding opportunities.

Learn More About Extended Leadership Programs


Each cohort will participate in the same three module program with a new group of Aspire Leaders. We hope you apply and join us on this journey today!

Cohort 1

Application Now Closed
Cohort 1 Program Dates: Jan. - April, 2024

Cohort 2

Applications Now Closed
Cohort 2 Program Dates: April - Aug., 2024

Cohort 3

Application Deadline: Wednesday, July 3, 2024 at 11:59 p.m. EST (Boston, USA)
Cohort 3 Program Dates: Aug. - Nov., 2024


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