Women LEAD Nepal’s year-long LEAD Course program provides an intensive experience based on practical hands-on learning and personal growth. Through the LEAD Course, young women explore their own identities as leaders and changemakers within their societies.

Fee: Rs 9,000/-.
Footnote: The fee can be paid in a lump sum after admittance to the course. The fee covers all course materials, a completion certificate, free lunches, unlimited access to our Chautara Resource Center, and exclusive access to Women LEAD’s alumni community and events.

Program Capacity: 30 seats
Program Duration: 1 year


The course starts with a two-week long Leadership Institute that focuses on developing professional skills like public speaking while learning about Nepal’s most pressing current issues.

Each participant invests 300+ hours inspiring change as she co-leads the School Leadership Program (SLP) while receiving one-on-one mentoring, real-world program design and implementation, and shaping young minds.

The participants visit governmental bodies around the city to understand effective governance and accountability.

After a successful implementation of the SLP, participants engage
in a week long training on advocacy followed by formulation and execution of an
advocacy project based on current social issues.

Another two-week long workshop focused on
professional development skills curated with a multi-disciplinary approach that
imparts essential skills needed for success as professional leaders.

The program ends in June with a graduation ceremony.


This is an equal opportunity program—young women from all castes, ethnicities, backgrounds, religions, abilities and sexual orientations are encouraged to apply. The basic eligibility criteria are as follows:

  • Young women entering Class 12;
  • Comfortable communicating in English and Nepali (both written and spoken);
  • Able to attend LEAD Course programs on site from 12:30pm to 5pm on weekdays.
  • Commit to fully participate in all aspects of the LEAD Course for the entire year: the two-week Leadership Institute and around 8-10 hours per week in leadership training, professional development and mentoring during the rest of the year—300+ hours in total.

Note: Young women from marginalised communities and disadvantaged groups are encouraged to apply.


Women LEAD Nepal provides full and partial scholarships for anyone in need of financial assistance. We are committed to accepting applicants on merit regardless of their economic status. Scholarship forms will be given out after being selected for the interviews.


  • Privilege and Bias
  • Sexual and Reproductive Health
  • Gender Stereotypes and Misrepresentation
  • Gender-Based Violence and Consent
  • Civic Engagement
  • Sex, Gender and Sexuality

Application Process

The LEAD Course has a two-step application process to ensure the most passionate, committed and amazing 30 young women in the entire Kathmandu Valley are selected!

  • Submit your application by 11:59pm on Tuesday, August 16 (Shrawan 31).
  • The top applicants will be invited for a 30-45 minute interview with staff and alumni of the LEAD Course between August 22-25 (Bhadra 6-9). They will be notified via phone.

There will also be an Interaction Program on Friday, August 5 (Shrawan 20) and Thursday, August 11 (Shrawan 26) at Women LEAD Nepal’s Office in Bakhundole, where interested students and their parents can interact with our staff and LEAD Course alumni.

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