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Dubin Fellows are entering master's degree students at the Harvard Kennedy School who have demonstrated strong character, academic excellence, the ability to thrive and lead in the face of adversity, and a commitment to making a transformative impact on the communities they serve. Dubin Fellows are awarded a scholarship up to full tuition and health fees, as well as support for unpaid summer internships. The Dubin Fellows Program for Emerging Leaders is made possible by a generous donation from Glenn Dubin, CEO and co-founder of Highbridge Capital Management and founding Board member of the Robin Hood Foundation.
During their fellowship year, the Dubin Fellows are part of the Center for Public Leadership's community of graduate fellows and participate in an enriching cocurricular experience designed to enhance and engage their development as the next generation of public leaders. The cocurricular program includes:
This opportunity is open to domestic and international students entering any of Harvard Kennedy School's master's degree programs. Successful applicants will demonstrate their potential as emerging leaders by evidencing strong character, excellent academic credentials, a commitment to pursue a career with transformative impact on society, and the ability to thrive and lead in the face of adversity.
Glenn Dubin is Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of Highbridge Capital Management, an alternative asset management company founded in 1992. The company has evolved from a multi-strategy hedge fund into a diversified investment platform that includes hedge funds, traditional investment management products and credit and equity investments with longer-term holding periods. Highbridge and its affiliates manage approximately $29 billion in capital for many of the world's most prominent institutional investors – including pension funds, sovereign wealth funds, endowments and foundations – and family offices. The firm is based in New York with offices in Hong Kong, London, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo and employs (with its affiliates) more than 465 people, including over 135 investment professionals.
In 1984, prior to starting Highbridge, Mr. Dubin co-founded Dubin & Swieca Capital Management, a company specializing in alternative investment strategies and recognized as a pioneer in employing multi-manager hedge fund portfolios guided by the principles of Modern Portfolio Theory.
In late 2004, J.P. Morgan Asset Management purchased a majority interest in Highbridge, creating one of the most significant strategic alliances in the hedge fund industry to date. In July 2009, J.P. Morgan Asset Management completed its purchase of substantially all remaining shares of the firm – a transaction that remains at the forefront of the hedge fund industry's institutionalization.
As a follow-on to the success of the Highbridge/J.P. Morgan strategic partnership, in October 2010 Highbridge announced the purchase of a majority interest in Gávea Investimentos, one of Brazil’s leading alternative investment management firms. Gávea was co-founded in 2003 by Chairman and Chief Investment Officer Arminio Fraga, former President of the Central Bank of Brazil.
Mr. Dubin is a founding Board member and former Board chair of the Robin Hood Foundation, an organization in New York that applies investment principles to charitable giving. He is also a Board member of Mount Sinai Medical Center and the Museum of Modern Art. He serves as a member of the Dean's Executive Committee of the Harvard Kennedy School. Mr. Dubin is an alumnus of the State University of New York at Stony Brook.
Mr. Dubin and his wife have three children and live in Manhattan.
Applications for the 2014-2015 academic year are now closed. Applications for the 2015-2016 academic year will be available in the spring of 2015. In the meantime, general application information and guidelines for the Dubin Fellows program can be found here.
Information about Summer 2015 funding will be available in spring 2015.
What is the Dubin Fellowship for Emerging Leaders?
Dubin Fellows are awarded a scholarship up to full tuition and health fees and participate in a subtantial cocurricular program offered by the Center for Public Leadership. Made possible by a generous donation from Glenn Dubin, CEO of Highbridge Capital Management and co-founder of the Robin Hood Foundation, this fellowship is open to students studying in any of Harvard Kennedy School’s master’s degree programs.
Fellows will have demonstrated potential as emerging leaders, an interest in pursuing a career with transformative impact on society, strong character, excellent academic credentials, and the ability to thrive and lead in the face of adversity.
What is required of the Fellows?
Active participation in cocurricular programming during their fellowship term while maintaining good academic standing.
What does the cocurricular experience entail?
Fellows participate in a welcome retreat at the beginning of the academic year that will allow them to get to know one another as well as to begin the process of supporting one another’s aspirations as leaders. Fellows also participate in weekly activities during the academic year that involve leadership discussions with outside speakers, faculty, or other students and engagement with other Center for Public Leadership fellows and Dubin Fellowship alumni. Fellows also participate in a “field experience” – a visit to a major U.S. city to gain an understanding of the deep rooted problems of society and innovative approaches to resolving them.
Every effort is made to avoid conflicts between cocurricular programming and coursework. However, awardees should expect fellowship programming to be a significant part of their experience at Harvard.
Who is eligible to apply?
Entering domestic and international Harvard Kennedy School master’s degree students are eligible to apply. Students who have already completed the first year of their Harvard Kennedy School degree are not eligible.
What are the criteria for selection?
Fellowship applicants are considered based on their demonstrated potential as emerging leaders and interest in pursuing a career with transformative impact on society. Successful applicants demonstrate strong character, excellent academic credentials, and the ability to thrive and lead in the face of adversity. Fellows are selected based on outstanding merit, but awards will not exceed demonstrated financial need.
How can I apply?
All fellowship applicants must submit a Dubin Fellowship application and supporting documents during the application period, which has closed for the 2014-2015 academic year. Please check back for further information in December 2014 for the 2015-2016 academic year.
If I am selected for a fellowship, can I defer my acceptance?
Students selected for a Dubin Fellowship will not be able to defer their fellowship award.
Who can I contact with additional questions?
Please direct any questions regarding the Dubin Fellows Program for Emerging Leaders to Ellen_Levine@hks.harvard.edu or 617-496-2781.