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Students of the 2018 Crossroads Emerging Leaders Program join one another in the classroom.

Applications for the 2021 Crossroads Emerging Leaders Program are now open!

Priority Deadline: March 8, 2021

Since its inauguration in 2017, the Crossroads Emerging Leaders Program (CELP) has transformed the lives of first-in-family college students globally by identifying and nurturing hidden talent to build cohorts of next-generation leaders.

By providing an array of educational resources, direct connections to Harvard faculty, mentorship opportunities, and affinity networks, CELP supports young people around the world in reimagining their academic and professional futures, fostering success through locally-grown, aspirational narratives.

Last year, the Crossroads Emerging Leaders Program received 6,093 total applications from 115 countries spanning the Middle East, Africa, Central Asia, Latin America, South Asia, and US students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU). Selected students joined the Crossroads Virtual Program via Zoom to attend an interdisciplinary seminar series designed uniquely for them, curated to encourage their individual professional and academic aspirations.

The Crossroads Virtual Program featured 13 fascinating and insightful lessons given by senior Harvard faculty across a range of disciplines. Throughout the program, Professor Maya Jasanoff explored the rise and fall of empires and their implications for our current age of globalization; Professor Michael Szonyi delved into China’s Belt and Road Initiative; Professor Debora Spar theorized how machines will shape our human destiny; Professor Francesca Dominici questioned how climate change will affect our health; and many more.

Program Features

The Crossroads Emerging Leaders Program cultivates a dynamic network of future leaders from underserved socioeconomic, racial, and cultural backgrounds spanning over 115 countries. CELP’s multi-stage evaluation process offers a host of benefits to thousands of applicants. These include:

  • Free access to over a dozen HarvardX courses
  • Live, interactive sessions featuring senior Harvard faculty from a range of disciplinary backgrounds
  • Mentorship opportunities with Harvard alumni
  • Membership within a vibrant network of CELP alumni
  • Smaller peer group settings to discuss course materials and academic affinities
  • Machine-learning-based skills assessment and recommendations for improvement
  • Intensive finalist program with case-study based curricula

Apply Now!

Are you interested in applying to the 2021 Crossroads Emerging Leaders Program? Applications are open today with a priority deadline of March 8, 2021 — so make sure you start collecting your materials now! Learn more about eligibility and the application process by clicking the button below.