Become a Leland Fellow

The Mickey Leland International Hunger Fellows develop and strengthen professional and development skills while actively building food and nutrition security through programs and policy. The Leland fellowship consists of a field placement and a policy placement, each 11 months long. During the field year, fellows work at a programmatic level to support food and nutrition security interventions. During the policy year, fellows apply their knowledge and experience to the design of sound development policy at the organizational, national, and/or international level.

Adding Capacity


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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The Field-Policy Connection


Addressing the disconnect between public and institutional policy and field-level implementation is a crucial step toward delivering effective and efficient foreign assistance. Leland Fellows’ field and policy placements are coordinated so that fellows see one issue from two different perspectives and gain experience along the full field-policy spectrum, identifying ways that they 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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Ready to join our network of leaders in the movement to end hunger around the world?

Applications for the 10th Class of Leland International Hunger Fellows have closed. We will next be accepting applications in the fall of 2020.

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