Aspire Leadership Program

Harvard Aspire Leadership Program

The Aspire Institute Leaders program from Harvard is a free, online leadership program offered globally to ‘First in Families’ undergraduate students. They have a target of reaching 1 million First in Families undergraduate students aged 18-29, with a particular focus on students from low-income backgrounds.

The program is comprised of three modules:

Module 1


  • 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 2


  • Immersive Learning
  • Masterclasses led by world-class educators from universities around the world.
  • Asynchronous and synchronous learning with a global cohort of peers and mentors.

Module 3


Aspire Horizons Course

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 Five: Addressing Community Challenges
  • Week Six: Being in Action in Your Communities Worldwide


  • 18-29 years old
  • from a low-income background
  • first-generation college student or recent graduate but not enrolled in a graduate program
  • intermediate level English

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

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

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