Hosting a Leland Fellow

Partnerships with committed host organizations are crucial to the success of the Leland program. Leland Fellows are placed, through a competitive process, with organizations that provide substantive work and active supervision while the fellows work on long-term food and nutrition security or humanitarian nutrition. Leland Fellows are motivated, highly skilled emerging leaders who are dedicated to actively building food and nutrition security through programs and policy and who can add great value to their host organizations.

Adding Capacity


The Leland fellowship consists of a field placement and a policy placement, each 11 months long, during which fellows work at a programmatic level to support food and nutrition security interventions and apply their knowledge and experience to the design of sound development policy. We aim for each placement to be mutually beneficial, in which fellows gain experience and expertise while the host organization benefits from the fellow's skills and hard work.

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[Leland Fellows] have been able to help us answer research and implementation questions and fill important gaps in knowledge about our programs. […] Many have undertaken and published peer reviewed articles and presented at international conferences, thereby raising the HKI profile and contributing to the international body of work on the topics. We have found the Leland Fellows we have hosted to be extremely bright, quick, and motivated. They are a great example of the best of America for our international staff, host country partners and government officials Ame Stormer, Helen Keller International

Meet our Leland Fellows & Alums

Highly Skilled


Leland Fellows are chosen through a highly selective application process, based on relevant education, international experience, skills and expertise, leadership potential, and desire to learn. Leland Fellows are trained to approach their work with a growth mindset and flexibility and are eager to contribute to the success of food security and nutrition interventions.

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[The Leland Fellow’s] performance has certainly put Land O’Lakes on the map as a quality designer and implementer of programs that make use of and focus on livestock.  We wanted someone to do some work for us, and what we actually got was a highly skilled livestock expert who changed the way we thought about our programs. Mara Russell, Land O’ Lakes International Development Division

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Download our guide for host organizations to learn more about hosting requirements, what types of organizations we look for, a timeline of the application process, and much more.

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Host Applications

Applications to host the 10th Class of Leland International Hunger Fellows have closed. We will next be accepting applications from organizations that can provide substantive work and active supervision to a fellow working on long-term food and nutrition security or humanitarian nutrition in the fall of 2020.

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