The Mickey Leland International Hunger Fellows Program, sponsored by the Congressional Hunger Center, trains emerging leaders in the fight to end hunger worldwide. It is a unique two-year program that combines field and policy work. Leland Fellows develop new skills while actively working to alleviate hunger and poverty in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. During the first year, fellows work directly to build food security in the field. In the second year, fellows apply their field experience to the design of sound development policy at the organizational, national, and international level. In addition to their field and policy work, fellows take part in annual Congressional Hunger Center sponsored training sessions and a range of professional development activities aimed at further adding to their skills and expertise.
Eligible candidates have spent time working or volunteering in a developing country and possess a relevant graduate degree or equivalent experience. Some placements may require specific skills such as foreign language fluency, a particular graduate degree or expertise, or other technical skills. Leland Fellows must be authorized to work in the United States for the full duration of the program.