Crossroads Emerging Leaders Program (CELP) 2021 for Undergraduate Students

Dear students,

We are delighted to share that applications for the 2021 Crossroads Emerging Leaders Program are now open! 

The CELP program provides a fully funded array of educational resources, connections to leading faculty members, mentorship opportunities, and skill-building workshops to undergraduate students from backgrounds of social and financial adversity who are the first member of their family to attend university. Eligible applicants will participate in a multi-tier selection process, with access to resources and instruction commensurate with advancement through program stages. Participants will gain exposure to a variety of experiences, such as a Harvard classroom environment, case-study discussion groups, sessions led by Harvard faculty, mentor workshops, and talks led by Harvard admissions. This extensive, multidisciplinary curriculum has been curated by Harvard faculty. Most uniquely, finalists will connect with a diverse, hard-working, and talented group of future leaders spanning continents and intellectual curiosities.

Interested students can submit their details via Google form before January 31, 2021 and must apply at CELP website before February 15, 2021. 

Looking forward to a good student participation! 

In case of further concerns, you can email us at internationaloffice@iba.edu.pk 

Program details:
The program provides a fully funded array of educational resources, connections to leading faculty members, mentorship opportunities, and skill-building workshops to students from backgrounds of financial adversity in over 115 countries. Eligible applicants will participate in a multi-tier selection process, with access to resources and instruction commensurate with advancement through program stages.

The first stage of the program will be delivered virtually through HarvardX and open to all applicants who fulfill the eligibility criteria. Candidates will be required to complete one or more HarvardX courses, curated across a range of disciplines specifically for Crossroads students. Course enrollment will be rolling, and we encourage all students to submit their applications before or by the priority deadline of February 15. Upon successful completion, students will receive a HarvardX certificate and take a virtual psychometric and aptitude assessment to unlock their strengths and unique abilities. Students qualifying for the third stage will participate in an interdisciplinary seminar series hosted by leading faculty members at Harvard and other affiliated institutions. The final stage of the program consists of an intensive finalist program including a case-study based curriculum curated by Harvard professors, peer groups based on regional and academic affinities, mentor talks by field leaders, and financial and social resources for pursuing future studies or effecting change in the students’ communities.

Eligibility criteria:
Students applying for CELP must fulfil the following criteria:

  • First member of their family (or part of the first-generation of their family) to attend university
  • Aged 18-26 years old
  • Facing circumstances of financial and social adversity
  • Either currently enrolled in or recently graduated from an undergraduate university program
  • Have not studied, worked or travelled outside their home country 

Ineligibility: 

You are ineligible to apply if;

  • your parents or grandparents have attended university
  • you are enrolled in or have gone through studies for a Masters degree or PhD
  • you are studying outside your country of origin 

Learning outcomes:

Through the program, students will gain the following knowledge and skills:

  • Build connections with other Crossroads students from around the world
  • Access mentorship and internship opportunities from industry leaders
  • Participate in practical skill-building workshops (data visualization, grant writing, etc.)
  • Receive guidance, affirmation, and critical feedback to fulfill academic and professional aspirations 

Official link:

For more information please visit:

https://mittalsouthasiainstitute.harvard.edu/2021/01/crossroads-emerging-leaders-program-back-2021/