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Sept. 28, 2016: Candidate Applications for Winter 2016


Click colored text view the 2017 ALT Info Session Slides
The Center for Asia Leadership is currently recruiting for its 8th Asia Leadership Trek (ALT) from December 26 – January 21, 2016. Under the theme “Transforming Asia: Exploring Pathways to a Sustainable Future”  Trek participants will traverse across Myanmar, Vietnam, Indo
nesia, Malaysia, South Korea, and Japan
The Asia Leadership Trek is a month-long multi-country study tour exploring Asia. It provides exceptional access and opportunities to meet with key opinion leaders in government, business, and local social enterprises. Much more than textbook learning, Trekkers can acquire first-hand insights as they directly explore, experience, and engage each unique culture. Trekkers also serve the communities visited by hosting mentoring and knowledge-sharing seminars and workshops for local citizens.
CANDIDACY & COSTS: Applications open to 35 students and alumni from the general Harvard community (HBS, HGSE, HKS, HSPH, etc.) MIT, Tufts, and other institutions upon email request and review. Sponsors continually contribute to reducing Trek costs, allowing for additional subsidies and savings for students. The most current Trek cost is noted here: US $3,000.
  • Includes: (a) intra-regional flights, (b) accommodations, (c) transportation, and (d) most meals
  • Excludes (a) airfare to and from Asia, (b) visa fees, (c) free time activities (including meals, transportation, fees, etc.)
  • Optional Trek to Japan (January 18 – 21, 2017): Additional US$ 700

Additional $300 scholarships available to the next 14 applicants

(Notified by email)



  • Submission of supporting documents (resume, bio, passport page, profile picture):
  • Writing Fellowship Materials. Applicants must submit:
    • 600 – 800 word essay on a meaningful traveling experience
    • 200 – 250 word paragraph on your research experience

Payment Info:

  • Non-refundable deposit of US $300 due within 3-days of Acceptance
  • Remaining balance due within 7-days of Acceptance
  • Direct Deposit/Wire Information
  • Bank: Citibank
    • Account Name: Center for Asia Leadership Initiatives
    • Routing Number: 221172610
    • Account Number: 1255553875
  • Venmo Account: [email protected]
  • PayPal Account: [email protected]

*New for 2017: Trek participants can now use credit cards. However, organizers recommend non-credit payments to avoid the additional 2.9% surcharge (added to total) imposed by host vendors. Those electing for credit should note their choice in the comments section of the application or by emailing organizers. 

  • Deferrals or Cancellation Deadline: November 14, 2016
  • Completion of required country visas (procured by participants): By December 3, 2016

About the Asia Leadership Trek: The Asia Leadership Trek has three primary goals: study, service, and scholarship for societal impact. To date, over 200 Trek participants have studied in 22 countries, written four books, and led over 50 education conferences. Trekkers have also met with five heads of state, as well as dozens of leaders in business, social enterprises, academia, and local communities. ALT seeks to promote greater understanding and knowledge sharing, contributing to strengthening capacities and opportunities to exercise impactful leadership worldwide.

 Click here or the banner below to view video footage from past Asia Leadership Treks.
Visit our FACEBOOK page for photos from our Treks to over 20 countries.

For additional information, contact [email protected]

Click the graphic below to access our online application


Thank you for your interest in the 2017 Asia Leadership Trek