The Mickey Leland International Hunger Fellowship is a program of the Congressional Hunger Center, a bipartisan nonprofit organization whose mission is to develop, inspire, and connect leaders in the movement to end hunger, and to advocate for public policies that create a food-secure world.
The Leland Fellowship trains emerging leaders in the fight to end hunger worldwide. It is a two-year professional development program that combines program and policy work, leadership training, and facilitated cohort learning. Each class consists of 12-15 skilled and committed individuals ready to become agents of change.
Leland Fellows are matched with host organizations who design and supervise the fellow’s day-to-day work. Host organizations include international and local NGOs, research institutions, private sector entities and UN agencies. Click here to see the list of current Leland host organizations.
Each class of Leland Fellows forms a learning cohort, sharing knowledge and insight and growing together throughout the program. And the Hunger Center's dynamic leadership development curriculum focuses on building the skills required to create change in the international development and humanitarian sectors. Fellows 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.
Fellows' work at their host organizations covers a wide range of issues within food and nutrition security. Past work plans have focused on:
Fellows contribute to their host organization in many ways. Past work plans have included:
Leland Fellows are chosen through a competitive application process. Candidates are first assessed on their fit for the fellowship, then matched to potential placements for another round of assessment. While the Hunger Center seeks candidates with the appropriate technical skills, soft skills and leadership potential play an equally significant role. The most competitive candidates for the Leland Program exhibit:
**The Congressional Hunger Center seeks talented applicants from every sector and background who are dedicated to fighting hunger and poverty on a global scale. We know that a diversity of perspectives from different communities, cultures and lived experiences is critical solving the complex challenge of hunger. Accordingly, individuals from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds as well as those with lived experience of food insecurity are especially encouraged to apply.**
During their service, the Hunger Center provides Leland Fellows:
Host organizations provide:
Per 2 U.S. Code § 1161, Leland Fellows are not employees of the Congressional Hunger Center nor their host organizations; instead, fellows are classified as 1099 contractors. As a contractor, fellows are subject to self-employment taxes and need to procure health coverage for themselves. To better understand your responsibilities as a contractor, we suggest starting with this information from the Internal Revenue Service: https://www.irs.gov/businesses/small-businesses-self-employed/independent-contractor-defined
Please see the 2021-2023 Fellowship Application Guide for complete information! https://www.hungercenter.org/what-we-do/leland-fellowship/fellows/#apply
The Mickey Leland International Hunger Fellowship is a program of the Congressional Hunger Center, a bipartisan nonprofit organization whose mission is to develop, inspire, and connect leaders in the movement to end hunger, and to…
Each fellow receives a financial package designed to support living expenses (placement location specific), and help offset the costs of housing, relocation, and acquisition of public market health insurance.
Each fellow receives a financial package designed to support living expenses (placement location specific), and help offset the costs of housing, relocation, and acquisition of…
Apply for the Leland International Hunger Fellowship using the Smartsheet URL. Please note that partially completed applications cannot be saved. We encourage you to prepare all materials (resume/CV and written responses before beginning your application).
Apply for the Leland International Hunger Fellowship using the Smartsheet URL. Please note that partially completed applications cannot be saved. We encourage you to prepare…