The Mickey Leland International Hunger Fellows Program trains emerging leaders in the fight to end hunger worldwide. It is a unique two-year program that combines field and policy work.
Leland Fellows develop new skills while actively working to alleviate hunger and poverty in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. During the first year, fellows work directly to build food security in the field. In the second year, fellows apply their field experience to the design of sound development policy at the organizational, national, and international level.
In addition to their field and policy work, fellows take part in annual CHC-sponsored training sessions and a range of professional development activities aimed at further adding to their skills and expertise.
“The access I had as a fellow – to question firsthand, to see things, to learn while doing, and to make a difference – even for one person – was an opportunity I would never trade.”
– Michaela Hackner: 2007 Leland Fellow, 3rd Class
Each Leland class consists of 12-15 skilled and committed individuals. The application process for fellows is highly selective. Most Leland Fellows hold advanced degrees and have spent at least one year working or volunteering in a developing country.
CHC places fellows with organizations that make a difference both on the ground and at the policy level. Past host organizations have included the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Mercy Corps, Helen Keller International, Land O’Lakes, Inc., the US Department of Agriculture, and the UN World Food Program.
The Mickey Leland International Hunger Fellows Program was established in 2001 as a sister to CHC’s U.S.-focused Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellows Program. To date, six classes of Leland Fellows have completed their service. The current (7th) class will finish their fellowship August 30, 2015, and the 8th class will serve September 20, 2015 – August 30, 2017. For additional information, please download the Leland Program Brochure.