Selection Criteria »
Fellowship applicants are evaluated on their demonstrated leadership qualities, experience, maturity, flexibility, and commitment to fighting hunger. The strongest candidates are interested in both field and policy work, possess a relevant graduate degree or equivalent experience, have spent time working or volunteering in a developing country on issues related to hunger and poverty alleviation, and possess a demonstrated commitment to ending hunger.
Additional criteria considered by the selections committee includes:
Demonstrated commitment to anti-hunger/food security work:
- Has the candidate demonstrated a strong commitment to food and nutrition security and/or international anti-poverty work?
- Has the candidate demonstrated a strong commitment to the field-policy structure of the Leland Program?
Critical thinking skills:
- Has the candidate demonstrated maturity and cultural competence?
- Has the candidate demonstrated an ability to assess and analyze the international development system and how to improve it?
- Does the candidate effectively communicate his/her thoughts in a clear, concise manner?
- Does the candidate possess a high degree of self-motivation?
Diversity of experience:
- Would the candidate bring a diverse set of life experiences to the fellowship community?
- Would the candidate benefit in unique ways from the fellowship program?
- Would the candidate contribute in unique ways to the program?
Vision/Goals for the future:
- Does the candidate effectively articulate what s/he hopes to learn and gain from the fellowship?
- Is the candidate committed to full participation in a learning cohort?
- Do the candidate’s vision and goals match the mission of the Leland Program to create a community of change agents working for a hunger-free world?
Specific skills and expertise:
- Does the candidate meet the specific qualifications required for the fellowship?
- Does the candidate possess a unique set of skills or experience?
- Is the candidate well-equipped to meet the challenges of the fellowship?
- Has the candidate spent sufficient time working and/or volunteering in a developing country to be successful in the fellowship?
- Has the candidate demonstrated a high degree of flexibility and ability to adapt?
*Note that certain fellowship placements may also require specific skills such as foreign language fluency, a particular graduate degree or expertise, or other technical skills.
*Note also that Leland Fellows must be US citizens or permanent legal residents.