Mountaintop Fellowship with Leadership Training at Harvard University, USA(Fully-funded)

Mountaintop is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit offering a paid, one-year, full-time fellowship for exceptional emerging leaders to stay in or return to their home communities and contribute to systems change in lower-income places around the world. Mountaintop matches Fellows with locally led NGOs, social ventures, and government agencies to lead high-impact projects, strengthens the capacity of Fellow hosts, and amplifies Fellows’ potential through mentorship, grants, a lifelong community of inspiring peers, and a two-week leadership institute hosted at Harvard University’s Edmond & Lily Safra Center for Ethics. Mountaintop offers paid opportunities for both “host led fellowships” (placements serving with a predetermined NGO, social venture, or government agency) and “applicant led fellowships” (independent projects proposed by the applicant anywhere outside the United States).


Once their placements begin, Fellows can apply for up to $2,500 in competitive Mountaintop funding to invest in community empowerment projects to strengthen local leadership.

What We Look For

Mountaintop is seeking individuals who we believe have the highest potential to be transformational leaders in their home communities long term.


  • Committed to serving their home country over the course of their career. For larger countries, we look for commitment to home community or home state/province.

  • Committed to attending a full-time in-person training event on Harvard’s campus in Cambridge, USA July 13th-26th, 2024.

  • Committed to serve 40 hours/week on their fellowship project for the duration of the fellowship. Jobs, classes, parenting, or other responsibilities must not interfere with this full-time commitment.

  • Note that there are no general age or degree requirements, but specific host led fellowships may have additional eligibility requirements.

The deadline to complete the application is 11:59pm local time on September 30, 2023.


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