Wednesday, July 6, 2022

APPLY NOW: Aspire Leaders Program at Harvard university (fully funded)


Aspire Leaders Program, founded at Harvard University in 2017, provides a fully funded leadership development program to low-income, first-generation to college youth around the world. With access to a global network of peers and world-class faculty, this program provides opportunities that help students drive change in their home countries.

Aspire Leaders Program Cycle Two Application Period: April 18-June 15, 2022

Early Action Deadline is May 18

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

For more details about eligibility, please see the FAQ.

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.


If you applied to the 2022 Cycle One program and were invited to Stage 1, then you were 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 for Cycle Two.

If you progressed to Stage 2 or Stage 3 of the 2022 Cycle One program 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 in 2023.


Applications for Aspire Leaders Program Cycle One closed on March 15, 2022 and applications open for Aspire Leaders Program Cycle Two open on April 18, 2022.

The Early Action Deadline is May 18. Apply early to receive priority access to each stage of the program.

The final application deadline for Aspire Leaders Program Cycle Two is June 15. Students who apply 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 the application early.

Once accepted to the Aspire Leaders Program, students will continue through a multi-stage selection process, culminating in the finalist program in June or October, delivered virtually.

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.

Learn more


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