The LEADERs Program

Partnerships in Research and PhD Education

The LEADERs Program is a new experiential learning initiative that integrates leadership and professional skills education with a research project linked to a Northeastern postdoc’s existing research assignment. The program—Leadership Education Advancing Discovery through Embedded Research—enriches the postdoc’s own research as they address the real-world needs of enterprises in fields from STEM to the social sciences and humanities.

Frequently Asked Questions

No!  As a University employee, the LEADERs courses are covered by your tuition reimbursement benefits.

While certain visas such as a J1 and H1B allow for participation in the LEADERs program, unfortunately Postdocs with an F1 visa on OPT cannot participate given the restrictions on work and study requirements.  Students on an F1 visa may seek guidance from the Northeastern Office for Global Services regarding their education options.

The 7600 course provides specific training on important professional skills that will be useful for any career, such as project management and leadership.  In addition, Postdocs receive individualized one-one-one biweekly mentoring.  These sessions provide an opportunity to receive guidance on career pursuits.

The Fall 2021 Leading Self and Others (PHDL 7600) will be offered in a synchronous online format on Tuesdays (11:30am – 1:15pm) and Wednesdays (5:00pm – 7:00pm).

No, You may enroll and take only PHDL 7600, which is packed with a toolkit of useful leadership strategies; or, you may choose to pursue the whole leadership certificate as described in the Graduate Catalog here.

Postdocs who have a student record may register for the Fall 2021 course (CRN 16887). Most Postdocs do not have a student record and must first apply to the program here. Once accepted into the program and eligibility to study in the United States is confirmed, a student record will be created and LEADERs will register Postdocs directly. Postdocs may then register for future certificate courses on their own.