Crossroads Emerging Leaders Program is a prestigious and fully funded career development opportunity at Harvard University for students from across the world. Moreover, the program aims at students who are the first member of their family (first generation) to attend the university and facing challenges of financial and social circumstances. The ultimate aim of the Crossroads Program is to create a diverse pipeline of future graduate students at leading universities, such as Harvard, and future leaders from across an array of social-economic, racial and cultural backgrounds.
Moreover, The Crossroads Emerging Leaders Program was inaugurated in 2017 as a joint effort between the Harvard Business School Club of the GCC, HBS Professors Tarun Khanna and Karim Lakhani, and The Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute at Harvard University. In 2020, the Crossroads Program expands to include more eligible countries and curated online sessions that will culminate in the weeklong Dubai experience held at Dubai International Financial Center’s Academy. Leading Harvard faculty members will teach an extensive and multi-disciplinary curriculum. It will include a combination of case studies, small discussion groups, potential career paths, and information on applying to Harvard.
Harvard University Crossroads Emerging Leaders Program will cover the costs of international travel from select locations, board, lodging, and class materials. Moreover, the benefit comprises fully paid, in-person experience held in Dubai consists of a five-day Harvard classroom experience. However, visa costs are the responsibility of selected candidates
The third edition of The Crossroads Program expands to include targeted online sessions ahead of an in-person learning experience conducted in Dubai. Round One of the program will be entirely online and open to all eligible applicants. A number of courses produced by HarvardX, a division of Harvard University, will be open to Crossroads students. The students will require to complete one or more of the offered sessions within a specific timeframe. Upon successful completion of a course, students will then be granted the opportunity to undergo a psychometric and aptitude assessment to unlock their strengths and unique abilities.
Harvard will invite the successful candidates from Round One to apply for Round Two of the Crossroads Program. Round Two, the fully paid, in-person experience held in Dubai consists of a five-day Harvard classroom experience.
To apply for the Crossroads Emerging Leaders Program, applicants will need to first create an XID account. Only then can applicants complete their online application through CARAT. Applicants, however, should note that the judging panel will only review the completed applications.
Eligible Candidates may submit their application for the Crossroads Emerging Leaders Program at Harvard University by 11:59 PM EST on August 30th, 2019. The interdisciplinary panel at Harvard and partner institutions will only review the applications arriving before the deadline.