Deadline: August 30, 2019

Applications are open for the Harvard University Lakshmi Mittal SAI Crossroads Emerging Leaders Program 2020. 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.

The Program is a prestigious and a fully-funded career development opportunity for students from across the world, who are the first member of their family—or the first generation within their family—to attend university and facing challenges of financial and social circumstances. Following a rigorous multi-stage evaluation process, exceptional students are selected from a diverse applicant pool to take part in this unique educational experience.

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.


The program will cover the costs of international travel from select locations, board, lodging, and class materials. Visa costs are the responsibility of selected candidates.


To be eligible for Round One,

Candidates: Must be between 18-24 years old.

Must hold a passport or national document from a country in Central Asia, South Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Latin America and the United States (Note: any existing and official proof of nationality will suffice at this stage. Please refer to our extensive Frequently Asked Questions page for further details.)

Must be the first member of their family—or the first generation within their family—to attend university.

Must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate university program or a recent graduate from a university within the last three years.

Must be facing challenging financial circumstances.

Must be fluent in English.


Click here to apply.