Now in its thirteenth year, the program provides fellows with a one-year position in a nonprofit or public-sector organization where they can make a significant impact. Since 2001, the program has placed 125 fellows with 53 organizations. Participating organizations pay fellows $45,000, and Harvard Business School (HBS) awards fellows $50,000. Throughout the year, fellows also benefit from access to HBS resources and return to campus for networking and professional development events with other fellows.
The Leadership Fellows program gives nonprofit and public-sector organizations the opportunity to maximize their effectiveness by leveraging the experience, energy, and analytical skills of graduating MBAs for one year. Fellows apply their expertise to roles where they will produce immediate results and build long-term capacity in the organization. Leadership Fellows Program organizations are selected each year by an HBS steering committee of faculty and staff.
More than 90 percent of fellows receive an offer to stay at the organization that initially employed them. Approximately one-third of the program’s alumni are still at that organization, while one-third have moved into other social enterprise roles, and one-third have joined the for-profit sector. For more information, visit the HBS Leadership Fellows Program website.