Senior Fellows Program

Senior Fellows contribute to understanding the rapidly evolving relationship between business and government.

About the Program: Senior fellows are distinguished professionals from government and/or business who come to M-RCBG to address issues at the interface of the public and private sectors: regulation, corporate governance, and the role of government in the changing global economy.  Senior fellows undertake independent research projects that culminate in a journal article or book.  They also offer study groups for Harvard students.  Their role strengthens the connection between theory and practice, offering both faculty and students insights to the nature of social problems and their most practical solutions.  Senior fellow appointments are non-stipendiary (unpaid).  A description of the program is available here.

Every senior fellow is sponsored by a Harvard Kennedy School faculty member, and a committee of M-RCBG-affiliated faculty reviews applications and makes fellows appointments.  Participation in the program is competitive, and about 10 senior fellows participate each year.

Criteria and Expectations: At least twenty years of professional experience is required for consideration as a senior fellow. An applicant's research interests must closely match those of one or more M-RCBG-affiliated faculty. Senior fellows are expected to participate in the life of the center by attending and presenting at seminars, lunches, and conferences and participating in student activities, and to complete a substantial writing project during their time at the center. They must be physically present on campus on a weekly or near-weekly basis to maximize contact with our students and the broader center community. They must also offer a study group for Harvard students on a topic of their choice.  Most appointments are for one year; extensions beyond two years are rare. 

To apply: Please direct inquiries to the senior fellows program director, Jennifer Nash, jennifer_nash@harvard.edu. To apply, please submit your CV and a five-page description of your proposed project.  Projects should emphasize research and writing. 

Most proposals should include: title of your proposed project; the problem you wish to tackle, which ideally will have relevance to M-RCBG research programs and/or faculty; an explanation of how your background makes you a good person to address this problem; your likely research methods and deliverable(s); examples of prior writing projects, if any; and how you would like to participate in life at the center and HKS.  Also, please tell us whether you are you able to be physically present on campus on a weekly or near weekly basis.  If the faculty selection committee believes your project is a good match for the center, additional information may be requested. The application deadline for appointments for the 2014-15 academic year was May 31, 2014.  For the 2015-16 academic year, the deadline will be April 1, 2015.

Current senior fellows

Press release announcing 2014-15 senior fellows

Read about past senior fellows' accomplishments

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2013-14 senior fellows:  Seated (left to right): Howard Wolk, Eoin Gahan, Devjani Roy (research fellow), Vikram Mansharamani, and Doug Shulman.  Standing: Scott Leland (M-RCBG executive director), Jennifer Nash (Director, Senior Fellows Program), Dick Cavanagh (faculty sponsor), John Haigh (M-RCBG Co-Director), Richard Zeckhauser (Chair, Senior Fellows Committee), Robert Lawrence (faculty sponsor), and James Segel.  Not pictured: Esko Aho, Richard Balzer, Binta Brown, Justin Fox, Thomas Healey, Karen Mills, Lisa Robinson, Paul Tucker, and Neal Wolin.