Juster Fellowships

Thanks to the generosity of Kenneth I. Juster, AB ’76, JD ’79 (’80), MPP ’79 (’80), 2 or 3 outstanding Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) Master of Public Policy (MPP) students will receive funding for experiential learning opportunities (research or field experience, including internships) related to international and global affairs.

The Kenneth I. Juster Fellowships are designed to provide support for outstanding MPP students for field research or field experience in the areas of international relations, international trade and economic affairs, international development, international negotiation and dispute resolution, and global governance and affairs.

Juster Fellows will be chosen based on academic standing and proposed work. Students are encouraged to contact potential sponsors early. Students should leverage the services of the Office of Career Advancement (OCA), in particular the JACK database, as well as IGA faculty.

The Juster Fellowships provide up to $7,000 per student to cover salary and/or travel costs. The average award will likely be in the $3,000-$5,000 range. Award recipients will be chosen based on academic standing and proposed work. 

Applications are due by noon on Monday, March 31, 2014. Awards will be announced by mid-April. Please visit IGA web portal in January for particulars.

Current Juster Fellows

2013 Moses Esema Government of Liberia Monrovia, Liberia
2013 Jonathan Hillman Office of Management & Budget Washington, DC

Application Details

Who is eligible?
Registered HKS MPP students, including joint degree students, who will have completed two semesters of course work in residence, and who will be returning to HKS for the coming fall semester. You must be a returning student to apply.
What type of work will be supported?
The work or research must relate to international relations, international trade and economic affairs, international development, international negotiation and dispute resolution, and global governance and affairs. Students are expected to identify employers and negotiate the arrangement. Candidates must negotiate scope of work, and obtain a written statement from the organization stating its intention to employ the candidate full-time (for eight weeks between the end of the spring semester and the beginning of the fall semester). The work conducted under this fellowship program should be of direct benefit to the selected organization and should provide students with practical experience in their field of interest.
Where can I learn more?

An application will be available on on the IGA web portal in spring semester.    

HKS Alumni Spotlight

Kenneth Juster is a veteran of 30 years in the legal, business, and policy communities and has extensive experience in government and international affairs. He is currently a partner and managing director at the international investment firm Warburg Pincus. He has previously served as U.S. Under Secretary of Commerce (2001-05), as Counselor of the U.S. Department of State (1992-93), as the Deputy and Senior Adviser to Deputy Secretary of State Lawrence S. Eagleburger (1989-92), and as a senior partner at the law firm Arnold & Porter (1981-89, 1993-2001). Juster holds a law degree from Harvard Law School, an MPP from Harvard Kennedy School, and a BA in government from Harvard College.

Giving back

“One of my most valuable experiences while I was a Kennedy School student was the opportunity to work at the National Security Council in Washington, DC during the summer after my first year,” said Juster. “The Kennedy School was able to provide me with funding to help cover many of my expenses. I am very pleased to establish a fellowship fund that will enable students to receive stipends for similar activities [...] in the fields of international and global affairs." 

~ Kenneth Juster

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