The Leadership Fellows program offers nonprofit and public-sector organizations the opportunity to leverage the experience, energy, and analytical skills of MBAs for one year. In addition to the salary provided by the organization, HBS provides Fellows with an upfront financial award as well as professional development. Fellows apply their expertise to roles for which they produce immediate results and build long-term capacity within the organization.
HBS provides the administrative structure and financial support needed to forge a successful connection between potential Leadership Fellows and qualified organizations. In addition to working with an organization to create a mutually beneficial Fellowship position, the School provides a framework for the interviewing and hiring process and can serve in an advisory capacity during the process. Throughout the year, Fellows benefit from access to HBS resources and return to campus for organized networking and professional development events with other Fellows.
In addition to the $45,000 commitment to fund the Fellow’s salary for one year, organizations agree to create a productive experience that meets the program goals of access, impact and leadership. More details on program goals and examples of positions can be found in the application available below. Interested organizations are strongly encouraged to contact the HBS Leadership Fellows Program prior to application submission, to discuss and evaluate whether the organization and the envisioned position meet the above stated program goals.
2016-2017 Application Deadlines
September 1, 2016
January 19, 2017
Below is a sample of Leadership Fellows recruiting partners from 2001 through 2016. For a full list of recruiting partners, download the Leadership Fellows Program Application.
Acumen Boston Children’s Hospital Boston Symphony Orchestra City of Boston Mayor’s Office Coalition for Queens Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
Grameen America Harlem Children’s Zone Kresge Foundation Mercy Corps Robin Hood Foundation Single Stop USA
U.S. Department of Education Whitney Museum World Wildlife Fund Year Up
examples of impact
Special Assistant to the COO, Save the Children: Worked with senior management and 180 members of Save the Children’s staff from around the world to develop one-year operational plans and five-year strategic plans across the $400 million organization.
Director of Enterprise Planning, World Wildlife Fund: Collaborated with World Wildlife Fund’s COO and Global Markets Unit to engage the private sector in WWF’s conservation mission through sustainable supply chain interventions.
Harvard Business School is grateful for the generosity of donors who have been vital to the HBS Leadership Fellows Program: James A. Atwood, Jr. (MBA 1984) Fellowship Fund, Richard and Helen Bibbero Fund, David J. Dunn Fund, Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation/Richard L. Menschel Endowment, Richard Lumpkin Dean’s Discretionary Fund, Margaret T. Morris Foundation Endowment, Carl and Lily Pforzheimer Foundation Fellowship, Michael E. Porter Leadership Fellowship, and John C. Whitehead Fund for Not-for-Profit Management.
Download the Application
HBS Career & Professional Development
Harvard Business School
Boston, MA 02163