The application for the Spring 2018 cohort is now accessible by clicking this link.

The program will be offered in the fall 2018 semester on Monday nights with continued alumni programming the following spring semester. The application will open in mid-August.

HGSLI alumni will be at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Center for Public Leadership in the Darman room on Friday, January 26 from noon to 1pm to take any program questions for a casual information session, as the best way to understand this unique student-led leadership development program is by talking with students who have had the experience. The Darman room is inside the Center for Public Leadership suite on the first floor of the Taubman Building along Eliot Street in Harvard Square. Feel free to come late and leave early as needed!

The application contains three components:

  • Part 1: Name and basic program information
  • Part 2: Three application questions
  • Part 3: Email CV/Resume to Please title your resume as LastName_FirstName_Resume.pdf

If you have any problems accessing the application, contact Lola Fagbami at

Application Timeline:

Application opens: Monday, January 15, 2018

Application due: Saturday, February 3, 2018 at 5:00 pm ET

Interviews (20 minutes long, in-person preferred): Wednesday, February 7 through Sunday, February 11

Notification of acceptance by: Monday, February 12, 2018


  1. Must be a current Harvard graduate student. Applicants are encouraged to apply earlier in their Harvard tenure to participate longer in the alumni programming that is offered after the cohort semester concludes, as well as contribute to helping support future cohorts given the special nature of HGSLI as a student-founded, peer-led initiative.

  2. Must be available to attend the full retreat and all Monday night sessions in their entirety (see Required Attendance Dates section below, sessions occur in Harvard Square).  Full participation and attendance is crucial to the success of this program and thus we cannot accept individuals who are not able to attend all sessions. As peers, we hold each other accountable to show up for each other throughout the semester–before applying, please reflect on whether this semester is the right time to be present and committed to this program. There can be slight differences across the various Harvard graduate school calendars, so please carefully confirm your academic calendar to the program dates below to make sure that your schedule will allow you to participate in the full retreat and weekly sessions. Otherwise, there are no additional time commitments for the program such as having to do reading, work, etc. outside of  the actual retreat and Monday meetings.

  3. Must be able to contribute $50 for the cost of the Cape Cod retreat (transportation, housing, and meals are included).  Please note that all meals will be provided at the retreat as well as dinner at all of the Monday night sessions. Dinner is typically ready by 6:00pm for Fellows to start gathering.

Required Attendance Dates (note the two-hour final session occurs on Patriot’s Day Monday, given that this is not a recognized Harvard-wide holiday)

  • Retreat: Friday, February 23 (~6:30 pm) – Sunday, February 25 (~3:00 pm)
  • Pre-Session:  Plan to connect with your Forum group the week of February 26
  • Session #1: Monday, March 5 (6:30-9:30pm)
  • Session #2: Monday, March 19 (6:30-9:30pm)
  • Session #3: Monday, March 26 (6:30-9:30pm)
  • Session #4: Monday, April 2 (6:30-9:30pm)
  • Session #5: Monday, April 9 (6:30-9:30pm)
  • Session #6: Monday, April 16 (6:30-9:30pm)

For those unavailable this spring, the program will be offered in the fall semester on Monday nights, with the application opening in late August and the kick-off retreat taking place in mid-September.