Aspire Leaders Program 2024

Deadline: 2nd of December, 2023

The Aspire Leaders Program 2024 is now accepting applications. The Aspire Leaders Program invites low-income, first-generation college students and recent graduates from all over the world to take part in a free online immersive leadership journey that includes professional skills training, a course designed and delivered by Harvard faculty, and interactive seminars led by world-class educators.

Aspire Institute allows graduates to continue their leadership development after graduation with seed money, workshops, and a strong worldwide network of peers and mentors. This application is completely free. There are no fees for applying or participating in the program.

The Aspire Leader Program Journey:

  • Module I: 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: Aspire Leadership Course: Societal Impact for First-Generation Leaders: Six session leadership development course with an extra week to work on coursework 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: Live Discussion – Addressing Community Challenges
    • Week Five: Voices of Leaders
    • Week Six: Live Discussion – Being in Action in Your Communities Worldwide
    • Week Seven: Independent Coursework and Module 3 Preparation
  • Module III: Immersive Learning
    • Master classes led by world-class educators from universities around the world.
    • Asynchronous and synchronous learning with a global cohort of peers and mentors.


This program is for low-income, first-generation college students around the world. All applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • 18-26 years old;
  • First-generation college student;
  • Low-income background;
  • Currently enrolled in an undergraduate program or recently graduated but not enrolled in graduate school;
  • Intermediate level English.


The application deadline is Saturday, December 2 at 11:59 p.m. EST (Boston, USA). Cohort 1 Program will run from January – March 2024.

Click here to apply

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