World Economic Forum – Global Leadership Fellowship Programme

Deadline: 30 April 2019
Open to: international applicants
Benefits: fully funded


The enormous scale, complexity, and urgency of the challenges facing the world today call for more responsive and responsible leadership. This means leaders who have the vision and values, the character and competence, to shape the future while also balancing the polarities between short- and long-term goals. Developing leaders who can understand and navigate complex, dynamic systems is one of the best ways of addressing the future’s many challenges. Systems leadership is about cultivating a shared vision for change – working together with all stakeholders of global society. It’s about empowering widespread innovation and action based on mutual accountability and collaboration. The Global Leadership Fellows Programme (GLFP) of the World Economic Forum is a commitment to making this happen, by developing System’s Leaders for Public-Private Cooperation.

The Global Leadership Fellows Programme is a multi-year programme that combines intensive on-the-job experience, an innovative learning curriculum, personalized coaching and mentoring and access to an extensive network of alumni.

They are looking for dynamic, engaged and driven individuals who possess a high degree of intellectual curiosity and service-oriented humility; an entrepreneur in the global public interest with a profound sense of purpose regardless of the scale and scope of the challenge.

During the Fellowship Programme, you will foster your strengths and address areas of development. You will prepare for leadership in both public and private sectors, and to work across all spheres of global society: business, government, civil society and academia. You will learn through peers, projects, passion and play, all within an immensely diverse community of individuals united in their drive and commitment to improve the state of the world.

As a Fellow, you will learn to manage complexity and ambiguity, work in a fast-paced and dynamic environment, become an agile and resilient leader, earn a Master’s in Systems Leadership, and interact with some of the world’s most influential individuals and institutions.

The programme is co-designed and co-developed in association with some of the world’s foremost experts in leadership, management, organizational behaviour and experiential learning. Fellows are trained at CEIBS, Columbia University, INSEAD, the London Business School, THNK School of Creative Leadership and Innovation, and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. 

The programme consists of 12 modules over a three-year learning journey, focused on helping Fellows discover, understand, and develop three dimensions of leadership: self, others and systems. The modules have been designed to provide Fellows with the tools, frameworks and experiences required to drive systems-level change through public-private cooperation.

You can read more about the modules here.

What your role might look like:

  • Manage, collaborate and coordinate public and private partnerships in the development, leadership and management of the system/initiative/project/community, as well as proactively drive insights, conclusions and delivery;
  • Build and maintain positive relationships with high-level representatives from members of the system/initiative/project/community, such that they feel their interests are understood and respected and that they can achieve value from their participation;
  • Manage multiple stakeholder relationships and balance competing priorities; regularly update stakeholders with communications and manage the web platform;
  • Design and facilitate dialogue between individuals from across all sectors of global society, with a particular focus on scaling impact and leading to actionable outcomes;
  • Drive effective project delivery, integration and coordination through a highly collaborative approach and effective resourcing, budgeting, project and process management, communication and reporting;
  • Create and produce regularly distributed content via the Forum’s distribution channels;
  • Coordinate across all Forum teams and relevant partners to understand priorities and requirements to increase the impact of the project/system/initiative/community.


  • Between four and eight years of full-time work experience;
  • Master’s degree, from an accredited university, in any discipline;
  • A high level of intellectual curiosity and humility;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
  • Strong organizational and project management skills;
  • Ability to think conceptually and globally about a broad range of issues;
  • Experience in writing briefs, capturing information and generating insights;
  • Ability to engage and interact with high-level stakeholders and present information with confidence;
  • Adaptable and resilient; able to thrive in an ambiguous and dynamic environment;
  • Ability to empathize with others and see the world through their lens;
  • A high degree of energy, enthusiasm and positivity.


The World Economic Forum will cover tuition fees as well as related study material, travel and accommodation costs.

How to apply?

In order to apply, please fill the application form.

For more information, please visit the official web page.