Become a Leland Fellow

The Mickey Leland International Hunger Fellowship is a two-year opportunity to promote global food and nutrition security through learning and hands-on work. Leland Fellows gain experience and professional skills working with host organizations in development or humanitarian placements around the world, and learn to see what works in international development—and what doesn't—and how to make the system more efficient, more effective, and more just. Each class of Leland Fellows forms a learning cohort, sharing knowledge and insight and growing together throughout the two year program. And the Hunger Center's dynamic leadership development curriculum centers the skills required to create change in the international development and humanitarian sectors.

Gaining Experience

Leland Fellows are placed with host organizations—international and local NGOs, multi-lateral organizations, private sector entities, or U.N. Agencies—making substantive contributions to both program and policy initiatives.

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[Leland Fellows] are among the "best and brightest" of the next generation who can work to create a better world. [The fellowship] not only contributes to development during the two years of the program, but also strengthens the sponsoring organizations and builds capacity for future leadership to address the key challenges of hunger and poverty in the world. Ruth Meinzen-Dick, Senior Research Fellow, IFPRI

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Developing Skills

Fellows develop their technical skills, leadership capabilities, and professional network through direct work experiences as well as through the Hunger Center’s in-person and remote trainings, all within the context of a supporting group learning cohort. All trainings build fellows’ core capacities, based on the Hunger Center’s twelve-point leadership capabilities model, and enhance fellows’ ability to become effective agents for change in their chosen path.

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What I take away from this fellowship is the mindset the fellowship has worked to cultivate in us: there are a lot of challenges, there are many obstacles that have existed for a long time,…but we should be constantly questions why they’re there and pushing to make this the most effective and powerful system of foreign assistance we think it could be. Kelly Kurz, 9th Class Leland Fellow

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Bridging the Gap

Addressing the disconnect between public and institutional policy and program implementation is a crucial step toward delivering effective and efficient foreign assistance. Leland Fellows’ two placements are coordinated to show one issue from two different perspectives and provide experience along the full spectrum, identifying ways that fellows can bridge the gap and make the greatest contribution to eliminating food and nutrition security.

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My experience as a Leland Fellow prepared me for a successful career with the federal government, allowing me to develop critical leadership and strategic thinking and a better understanding of implications of policies related to poverty reduction, hunger, agriculture development. Damiana Astudillo, Director of Agriculture, Millennium Challenge Corporation & 3rd Class Leland Fellow

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Learn More

Interested in learning more about the fellowship? Watch our webinar where we discuss the work of the Congressional Hunger Center, provide an overview of the fellowship and how to apply to become a Hunger Fellow, and answer applicant questions.

Join Us

Ready to join our network of leaders in the movement to end hunger around the world?

Applications to join the 2021-2023 class of Leland Hunger Fellows are now closed. We will begin accepting applications for the 2023-2025 class in fall 2022.

Read our guide for fellowship applicants to learn more about the fellowship, including selection criteria, application timeline, benefits, and much more.

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