U.S. Latino Leadership Fellowship

The U.S. Latino Leadership Fellowship brings together a diverse and talented group of emerging leaders from any race or ethnicity who are committed agents of transformation in underserved communities in the U.S. U.S. Latino Leadership Fellows have addressed disparities in their communities through efforts in public policy, education, economic development, health care, immigration, social entrepreneurship, and a variety of other fields.

U.S. Latino Leadership fellows are leaders who:

  • Create sustainable change in underserved communities by leveraging community assets

  • Inspire new ideas and innovative change in local and national programs and policies

  • Build cross-sector partnerships and collaborations

We need talented people driven in their desire to tackle immense challenges regardless of the odds. We need emerging leaders who want to develop and enhance their ability to create necessary and sustainable change.

The Center for Public Leadership acknowledges the generosity of the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust, the Coca-Cola Foundation, and Clyde Tuggle for their support of the U.S. Latino Leadership Fellowship.  

Adrianna Nava

“The education and leadership tools I learned this year as a U.S. Latino fellow have inspired me run for and be elected as president of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN ) so that I can continue to advocate for the health needs of our Latino community at the national level.  I look forward to improving health outcomes for our Latino community in the U.S. and encouraging more Latino nurses to pursue advanced education in public service and policy —an important area where we are vastly underrepresented."

-Adriana Nava, MC-MPA '20



The application period for Academic Year 2021-22 has closed. Application details for our AY 2022-23 cohort will become available in October 2021. For additional information on this fellowship, kindly email cpl_fellowships@hks.harvard.edu.

Program Information


The fellowship provides:

  • Full tuition scholarship, health care fees, and a living stipend for a master’s degree program at Harvard Kennedy School. Joint or concurrent degree students are eligible for a different financial aid package depending on their school in residence.

  • A comprehensive co-curricular leadership development program set within the Harvard ecosystem—a robust network of faculty, students, and opportunity

  • Engagement with mentors and highly accomplished leaders who will enhance your ability to impact the communities you serve

Recipients each year will receive full tuition, health insurance, and a $25,000 annual stipend during their full course of study at Harvard Kennedy School (one to two years).

The fellowship is open to all admitted master’s degree program students at Harvard Kennedy School. Domestic students from underrepresented groups with an interest in business, medicine, law, education, and public health are encouraged to apply.

Applicants will be considered based on their leadership potential and demonstrated interest and work in reducing disparities in Latino and other underserved communities in the U.S. Successful candidates will also demonstrate excellent academic credentials. Award decisions will be primarily merit-based but with a consideration for financial need as determined by the HKS Student Financial Services.

Fellows will participate in a proven, yearlong co-curricular program designed by Harvard Kennedy School’s Center for Public Leadership. This not-for-credit program is intended to inspire, provide concrete opportunities for leadership skills-building, and connect fellows with an interdisciplinary network of peers and mentors that will last a lifetime.

The fellowship co-curricular program includes dinner sessions, an annual retreat, and robust field experiences grounded in discussions with visionary leaders whose work has had significant impact in marginalized communities. The program will also focus on strengthening core competencies central to public leadership. Delivered by expert faculty and practitioners, workshops and lectures will cover topics including promoting strong moral character and ethical decision making, mastering the art of negotiation, and leading effective teams and organizations among others.

The co-curricular program also provides a hands-on leadership learning lab where fellows can workshop new ideas, problem-solve intractable challenges, and receive valuable feedback. Fellows play an active leadership role in driving programming that directly impacts their learning and that of their peers. When fellows graduate, they join the ranks of over 800 innovative and highly accomplished CPL alumni who are forging transformative change across sectors.