The Aspire Leaders Program welcomes low-income, first-generation college students and recent graduates around the world to participate in a free online immersive leadership journey including professional skills training, an exclusive course designed and delivered by Harvard faculty, and interactive seminars led by world-class educators.

After completion, Aspire Institute empowers alumni to continue their leadership development through seed funds, workshops, and a vibrant global network of peers and mentors.


Aspire Leaders 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: 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.

Module III: Aspire Leadership Course: Societal Impact for First-Generation Leaders

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 Six: Live Discussions – Being in Action in Your Communities Worldwide

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


  • 18-26 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!

Method of Application

Click Here to Apply

Cohorts: 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 I: Application Now Closed

  • Cohort 1 Program Dates: Jan. – April, 2024

Cohort II: Application Deadline: Thursday, March 21, 2024 at 11:59 p.m. EST (Boston, USA)

  • Cohort 2 Program Dates: April – Aug., 2024

Cohort III: Application Deadline: Wednesday, July 3, 2024 at 11:59 p.m. EST (Boston, USA)

  • Cohort 3 Program Dates: Aug. – Nov., 2024

For More Information,

Visit the Official Webpage

Application Deadline: January 11, 2024.