Who we are

WKKF has invested in the development of leaders for more than 90 years. While we have supported many fellowship programs, many designed and implemented outside of WKKF, below is more information about our fellows and leadership programs.
If you think you’re a fellow and want to learn more, reach out to us.

Network numbers

A snapshot of the Global Fellows Network by the numbers.
These programs represent more than 40 years of leadership development across more than 40 countries.

Where we are

The Global Fellows Network is a community of more than 1,100 change agents, thought leaders and influencers from more than 40 countries – representing diverse backgrounds, sectors and generations. They are working to make transformational change across the globe with the majority located in Latin America, Southern Africa, the United States and the Caribbean. In recent years our signature leadership program – the Community Leadership Network – has focused on developing leaders in the United States and sovereign tribes, especially in our priority places: Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico and New Orleans.

W.K. Kellogg Foundation fellowship programs

Since our founding in 1930, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) has been committed to developing leaders globally, realizing change happens at the community level. While we have funded many fellowship programs over the years, here is the list of formal programs that are part of WKKF’s Global Fellows Network.
Years Active: 1980-2002
Number of Participants: 706
Kellogg National Fellowship / Leadership Program (KNLP)

Administered directly by WKKF, this program included 16 cohorts of fellows from the United States. It was designed to provide personal and professional growth over a three-year period, expanding leaders’ knowledge and capacity through seminars, individual and small group experiential learning, travel study and mentorship. Commonly known as the National Leadership Program, the program changed names from the Kellogg National Fellowship Program to the Kellogg National Leadership Program.

Years Active: 1986-1990
Number of Participants: 22
Kellogg International Fellowship Program / Health (KIFP/H)

Administered through Michigan State University’s Institute of International Health, the program included fellows from 18 countries and five continents and focused on community-oriented medical education programs and primary health care.

Years Active: 1986-1990
Number of Participants: 32
Kellogg International Fellowship Program / Food Systems (KIFP/HS)

Administered through Michigan State University’s Institute of International Agriculture, the program supported fellows from South America, Africa and Asia to advance their leadership skills to help improve food systems for lower-income households in developing countries.

Years Active: 1986-2013
Number of Participants: 87
Food Fellows

The Jefferson Institute and the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) administered three programs: Food and Society Policy Fellowship (FSPF), Food and Policy Fellows (FBF) & Food and Community Fellows (FCF). The programs gathered fellows from the United States with backgrounds in farming, public health, journalism, filmmaking and policy research. Each cohort included up to 12 fellows who participated in a two-year experience to affect local, regional and national policy through strategic communication efforts. The fellowship included media training, experiential learning and seminars that enhanced skills and deepened understanding about food and agriculture policy issues.

FSPF addressed the issues and challenges associated with sustaining family farms and food production in the United States.

FBF focused on the use of mass media channels to inform and shape the public agenda for food and to catalyze cultural shifts and policy changes.

FCF focused on food justice issues, strengthening efforts to eliminate food deserts, creating healthy food environments for children and identifying and removing societal factors that create health disadvantages for all children.

Years Active: 1989-1998
Number of Participants: 105
Kellogg International Leadership Program (KILP)

Administered directly by WKKF, the program supported two groups of fellows from the Unites States, Central and South America and Africa on a three-year leadership journey. The focus was to advance the leadership capacity for human services worldwide.

Years Active: 1991-1996
Number of Participants: 15
Community Partnerships with Health Professions Education (CPHPE)

Administered through universities in seven U.S. states (Georgia, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Michigan, Tennessee, Texas and West Virginia) the program promoted a community-focused approach, coordinating community-based health research, encouraging interdisciplinary collaboration and linking health workers with local members. It resulted in 103 policy changes.

Years Active: 1998-2012
Number of Participants: 164
Health Fellows Scholars (HFS)

Health Fellows and Scholars includes three programs: Community Health Scholars Program (CHSP), Scholars in Health Disparities Program (SHDP) and Kellogg Fellows in Health Policy Research. The two-year fellowship program trained a cadre of leaders skilled in research on the social determinants of health, academic-community partnering, community-based participatory research and the application of research to strengthen advocacy and achieve policy change. In 2006, the programs were combined to create Kellogg Health Scholars Program.

CHSP was established in 1998 and ran until 2007. Administered through the University of Michigan, it trained 46 postdoctoral fellows to work with communities and engage in community-based participatory research.

SHDP was administered by the Center for the Advancement of Health from 2001-2012. The program focused on developing new leaders and training future faculty and policy makers in the effort to reduce and eliminate health disparities.

Kellogg Fellows in Health Policy Research was administered by the Center for the Advancement of Health from 1990-2012. A post-doctoral program, it focused on reducing health disparities and creating partnerships between communities and health education programs.

Years Active: 2000-2019
Number of Participants: 164
Latin American and Caribbean Social Leadership Scholarship Program (LASPAU)

Administered by Harvard-affiliate LASPAU, the program empowered local leaders to address social issues in their respective communities through funding of their educational pursuits. Leaders were from Latin America, including the Chiapas and Yucatan Peninsula areas of Mexico and Central and Southwest Haiti.

Years Active: 2003-2014
Number of Participants: 230
Kellogg Southern Africa Leadership Program (KSAL)

Administered by Academy for Educational Development and then by Family Health International, the program operated in seven countries (Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland and Zimbabwe) and promoted values-based, ethical and democratic leadership. It focused on creating a cadre of dynamic leaders across Southern Africa by providing educational financial assistance for graduate and undergraduate programs and leadership development.

Years Active: 2010-2012
Number of Participants: 53
Kellogg Programa de Fortalecimiento / Liderazgo (Kellogg Program for Leadership Development) (KPFL)

Administered through GC Genera, the program provided leadership development training to local leaders from Chiapas and the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. The program included two cohorts, each lasting 10 months, where fellows connected with local and regional leaders and learned about community-based development projects.

Years Active: 2011-2014
Number of Participants: 24
Leadership Development Program for Racial and Gender Equality - Northeast Brazil (KWETU)

Administered by the Instituto Cultural Steve Biko, the program supported leaders and organizations from the Northeast area of Brazil to promote structural changes in the Brazilian culture related to racial and gender equality. There was only one cohort for this program.

Years Active: 2014-present
Number of Participants: 199
WKKF Community Leadership Network (CLN)

Currently administered in partnership with the Center for Creative Leadership, this is our most recent leadership program in the United States. The program supports emerging leaders and established leaders to connect, grow and lead transformational change toward a more equitable society. Special emphasis is on WKKF’s priority places: Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico and New Orleans.