The Mickey Leland International Hunger Fellows Program trains emerging leaders in the fight to end hunger worldwide. It is a two-year program that combines field and policy work, facilitated cohort learning, leadership development training and support for professional development activities.
Leland Fellows develop and strengthen skills while actively working to build food and nutrition security in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. During the field year, fellows work to 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.
Each Leland class consists of 12-15 skilled and committed individuals with the potential to become change agents. Successful candidates combine a relevant educational background, demonstrated ability to work in a developing country, passion for food and nutrition security and desire to be part of a learning cohort. CHC places fellows with organizations that make a difference both on the ground and at the policy level. Past and present host organizations include the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Mercy Corps, Helen Keller International, Land O’Lakes, Inc., Action Against Hunger, and various UN agencies.