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Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) and Harvard University offer international student scholarships and fellowships (mostly are region/country specific) for which incoming international applicants may apply. However, it is possible that a student may not be eligible for any of these. In order to be considered for these restricted scholarships, eligible candidates should complete the online Statement of Financial Resources through MYFAID. For more information about MYFAID and financial assistance, refer to Applying for Financial Assistance.
HKS offers a number of full and partial fellowships and scholarships for students from specific geographic regions. The selection processes for these fellowships are highly competitive. Please note: These fellowships are meant to supplement primary funding and unless otherwise noted, will not cover all costs of attendance.
Established to support students (women preferred) committed to public service in the Middle East, Africa or South America.
The Carnelsale Fellowship was established to honor Dean Albert Carnesale's 18 years of service to the Kennedy School. This fellowship is awarded to students who demonstrate exceptional academic ability and professional distinction, as defined by the Admissions Committee and the Financial Aid Committee.
Awarded to students with demonstrated financial need as determined by the Student Financial Services Office.
Established to support an Edward S. Mason Program student from Indonesia.
Established to support students from France.
Established to support students (women preferred) from the Arab League.Recipients must be professionally employed in the public sector, broadly defined,in their native country for three years after graduation.
Established to support students in the joint program offered through the Harvard Business School (HBS) and Harvard Kennedy School (HKS).
Fellowship to support outstanding students who: a) currently serve in the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) or Indian Foreign Service (IFS); b) have received admission to both Harvard Business School and Harvard Kennedy School; and c) have track records of demonstrated excellence in prior public service work and clear aspirations for returning to India upon graduation.
The Edith M. Stokey Fellowship was established in January 2012 in honor of Edith M. Stokey, the Kennedy School’s “founding mother” and long-time Associate Academic Dean. In recognition of Mrs. Stokey’s strong interest in Sri Lanka, dating back to her family’s friendship with an exchange student in 1958, preference in awarding the fellowship would be for a student from Sri Lanka.
Established by the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Court to support advanced training in public management and leadership development to emerging leaders from the Middle East and the United Arab Emirates. Also, Emirates Fellows will participate in an enriching co-curricular experience designed by the Center for Public Leadership in partnership with the Middle East Initiative. Programming may include, but is not limited to, fellowship dinners, a speaker series with prominent leaders from the Middle East, leadership skill-building and field experiences.
The Italian Ministry of Environment, Land and Sea in conjunction with the HKS Center for International Development (CID) have established this fellowship to provide tuition support and stipend, for incoming students from Italy who have practical experience working on international environment and development policy issues and who intend to pursue careers in environment and development after graduation. This fellowship was established to honor the legacy of Empedocle Maffia, a distinguished Italian, who held positions in academia, the public sector, and journalism.
Establshed to honor the life, career and legacy of Professor Vali to support students from Hungary.
Established in honor of Henry A. Hubschman to support students in the HKS/HLS Joint Degree Program. For a detailed bio of Mr. Hubschman please click here.
Established to honor the involvement, dedication and leadership of John and Marilyn Keane in supporting Harvard Kennedy School students.
Established in honor of Professor Galbraith's 90th birthday to support Mason Program students from India.
Established to support students from South Africa, Liberia and Ethiopia. Recipients must be professionally employed in the public sector, broadly defined, for three years after graduation.
Established to support students from Norway who demonstrate a capacity to lead, commitment to improving governance, academic proficiency, professional experience, leadership potential, demonstrated financial need and the potential to make a significant, positive difference upon returning to Norway. Graduates of the Oslo Handelsgymnasium are especially encouraged to apply. Recipients must be professionally employed in the public sector, broadly defined, in Norway for three years after graduation.
Established to support students from the Middle East, India and South Asia.
Established to recognize the involvement, dedication and leadership of Margaret Traub, AB '80, and Phyllis Dicker in supporting Harvard Kennedy School students. Eligible candidates for this fellowship must have demonstrated an interest in and commitment to issues related to the LGBT community.
Established to honor the involvement, dedication and leadership of Mark Schwartz AB '76, MBA '78, MPP '79 in supporting Harvard Kennedy School students. This fellowship is awarded to Harvard College graduates with demonstrated financial need as determined by the Student Financial Services Office.
Established to support students from Afghanistan, Iraq, Israel, Palestinian Territories, and former Soviet Union countries in Central Asia who demonstrate a capacity to lead, with a vision for their countries or region, and potential to make a significant, positive difference when they return to their home country.
Established to support Mason Program students from Yemen, Tunisia, the Kurdistan region of Iraq and Somaliland.
Established to support students from the Philippines for study and training in public policy.
Established to support students of the MPA/ID Program from Algeria, Bahrain, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Liberia, Libya, Morocco, Oman, occupied Palestinian Territories, Qatar, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates and Yemen.
The Pforzheimer Foundation Nonprofit Fellowship is awarded to a degree program student who has experience working in nonprofit organizations or who has selected to concentrate in nonprofit management while studying at the Harvard Kennedy School.
Established by Princess Banderi Al-Faisal MPP 1998 to support students from the Arab League (women preferred).
Established to support a Mason Program student from Barbados. A two year commitment to public service in Barbados after completion of studies is required.
Established to support students with demonstrated financial need; a preference will be made for students interested in International Global Affairs.
Established to support Mason Program students from Africa.
Established to honor the memory of Israeli businessman Sammy Ofer, who in his lifetime was a firm believer in the role that education can play in sound leadership, promoting peace and coexistence in the region. The fellowship will cement the legacy of Sammy Ofer and will provide an enduring tribute to his desire to make the world a better place. The Sammy Ofer Graduate Fellowship will provide funding for up to four HKS students from Israel and Palestine.
Established to honor the involvement, dedication and leadership of Ralph L. Schlosstein and Jane Hartley in supporting Harvard Kennedy School students. This fellowship is awarded to students with demonstrated financial need as determined by the Student Financial Services Office.
Established for students who show a strong commitment to address important public service issues with a preference for social policy, through a career in government or nongovernmental organizations (NGO). Awarded to students with demonstrated financial need as determined by Student Financial Services Office.
Established to honor Sheikh Abulaziz Al-Tuwaijri and to advance his commitment to world peace. Preference given to Middle Eastern students committed to the cause of world peace and conflict resolution. As a demonstration of commitment to public service, the successful applicant must be professionally employed in the public sector in their home country, broadly defined, for three years upon graduation. If the three-year commitment is not met, recipients must repay the fellowship.
This fellowship commemorates H.E. Sheikh Suhaim bin Hamad Al Thani, one of the founders and visionaries who shaped modern day Qatar. It supports Mason Program students from Yemen, Egypt, Sudan, Palestinian Territories, Iraq, Liberia, Rwanda, Senegal, and Vietnam.
Established to support students from Lebanon, Jordan, Morocco, Egypt, Yemen, Congo, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Somalia and Tanzania.
Established to honor the involvement, dedication and leadership of Thomas Barry in supporting Harvard Kennedy School students. This fellowship is awarded to students with demonstrated financial need as determined by the Student Financial Services Office.
Supports joint Harvard Business School (HBS) and Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) students with experience and commitment to government service who seek to bring enlightened management, leadership and analytical rigor to solving complex societal problems.
For staff members of the United Nations, the specialized agencies or other public international organizations.
Supports students who are working to promote innovative solutions and imaginative thinking as leaders in journalism and public service. It is awarded to a journalist who demonstrates original, non-traditional thinking in policy analysis, and public service.
The China and Globalization Program Fellowship will be awarded each year to a Chinese Mason Fellow student with financial need. Leading candidates will demonstrate a strong interest in the areas of domestic politics and social development of China, with a focus on public policy challenges.
The fellowship will cover full tuition. Up to three fellowships may be awarded each year. Fellowship recipients will be expected to join the Ash Center in co-curricular activities such as lectures, workshops and conferences.
The Roy and Lila Ash Fellowship in Democracy will be awarded every year to a meritorious mid-career student with financial need. Leading candidates will demonstrate strong interest in the overarching issues of concern to the Ash Center: improving democratic institutions and public participation; transparency and information disclosure; public sector innovations; improving urban and municipal governance; and political and social development in Asia. Leading candidates will also demonstrate the capacity for leadership in the public sector and a commitment to the study and implementation of effective and innovative governance, including non-traditional approaches to civic and political development.
This fellowship will cover full academic year and summer program tuition (will not include the Mason Program Fee) and is open to all MC/MPA students. Fellowship recipients will be expected to join the Ash Center in co-curricular activities such as lectures, workshops and conferences.
The Ford Foundation Mason Fellowship will be awarded every year to meritorious Mason Fellows with financial need. Leading candidates will demonstrate strong interest in the overarching issues of concern to the Ash Center: improving democratic institutions and public participation; transparency and information disclosure; public sector innovations; improving urban and municipal governance; and political and social development in Asia. Leading candidates will also demonstrate the capacity for leadership in the public sector and a commitment to the study and implementation of effective and innovative governance, including non-traditional approaches to civic and political development.
This fellowship will cover full tuition and is open to all Mason Fellows. Fellowship recipients will be expected to join the Ash Center in co-curricular activities such as lectures, workshops and conferences.
The Harvard Kennedy School Indonesia Program offers fellowships to support Indonesian students enrolled at the Harvard Kennedy School.
The Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs offers a fellowship program to support first and second year MPP students who choose the International and Global Affairs (IGA) policy area of concentration (PAC). This extra financial aid to a select number of IGA concentrators is intended to offset education expenses and permit students to choose initial employment that reflects their interests rather than the need to pay off education debts. Belfer IGA (BIGA) Student Fellows have the opportunity to participate in policy research in association with the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, HKS’s oldest and largest research center. After completing an information form over the summer, IGA then pairs students in the fall with a research project or program at the Belfer Center where they will observe and participate in policy research. These awards offer student the opportunity to spend five hours per week on research assistance to Belfer Center projects and programs, and provide a unique opportunity for mentorship by leading faculty and researchers.
Established by the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences to support students from Kuwait, students from other Arab countries living in Kuwait, as well as students from the Gulf and other Arab countries.
This fellowship is open to all two-year degree program candidates in the Master in Public Policy, Master in Public Administration, and Master in Public Administration/International development program. It provides full tuition for two years through the generous support of the Roy Family Student Support Fund. (If applicants are accepted to a joint degree program at Harvard Law School or Harvard Business School, the fellowship will cover the cost of their tuition and fees at the Kennedy School in pursuit of their MPP or MPA. The scholarship shall only be applied to their tuition for the Kennedy School and cannot be used as tuition payment for non-Harvard joint degree programs).
To be eligible, applicants must have demonstrated an interest in environmental and energy issues, either through public or private sector work experience or through related entrepreneurial experience as an undergraduate. Successful applicants will also make a strong case that they intend to focus their studies at the HKS on environment or energy issues. Preference will be given to candidates with a demonstrated interest in public-private partnerships and market-oriented solutions to realize environmental or energy goals. The Roy Family Fellow will consult with Environment and Natural Resources Program faculty to assure that his or her curriculum choices will advance his or her understanding of and ability to contribute to environmental policy.
Fellows will be selected based on outstanding merit, from applicants who meet all relevant admissions criteria for the Harvard Kennedy School. Both domestic and international students are eligible to apply. Two-year HKS degree program students will receive funding for both academic years, so long as the recipients remain in good academic standing and enroll in a program of courses relevant to environment and energy issues.
The Carr Center for Human Rights Scholarship program supports second year HKS students who have demonstrated a strong engagement in and commitment to human rights policy. Fellows are encouraged to engage, as much as possible, in the activities of the Carr Center throughout the term of the fellowship. Fellows receive $5,500 in tuition reimbursement. Up to five Fellows are selected on merit with preference given to students with financial need. Carr’s human rights programs nominate candidates and students may self-nominate.
Bacon Environmental Leadership Fellows will receive full tuition, health fees and a $10,000 stipend. They will also participate in a cocurricular program offered by the Center for Public Leadership. Successful candidates will have demonstrated interest and/or leadership in environmental public policy and practice.
For students to receivie guidance and training to develop ideas for social enterprises that will make a positive difference in the world.
Dubin Emerging Leader Fellows will be awarded a scholarship up to full tuition and health fees, and will participate in a rich cocurricular program offered by the Center for Public Leadership. 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, this fellowship is open to students studying in any of the Harvard Kennedy School’s masters’ degree programs.
Successful applicants will demonstrate potential as emerging leaders, 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. Fellows will be selected based on outstanding merit, but awards will not exceed demonstrated financial need. Both domestic and international students are eligible to apply. Eligible two-year degree program students will receive funding for both academic years as well as support for unpaid summer internships, contingent upon the successful completion of year one. Active participation in the cocurricular program is a requirement of all fellows for the duration of their award.
The George Fellowship supports students in the concurrent program offered through the Harvard Business School (HBS) and Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) with a stipend. Students enrolled at either school during the fellowship year are eligible for consideration. Further details about applying for this fellowship may be found on the Center for Public Leadership website.
This fellowship was funded through a gift from the estate of renowned philanthropist Alan L. Gleitsman and recognizes students for their background or potential as activists.
Fellowship applicants will be considered based on their demonstrated potential as emerging social activists and innovators and interest in pursuing a career with transformative impact on society. Successful applicants will demonstrate strong character, commitment to social activism and excellent academic credentials. Fellows will be selected based on outstanding merit and need. Both domestic and international students are eligible to apply. Funding will be for one academic year. Active participation in the co-curricular program is a requirement of all fellows for the duration of their award.
A living testament to the life and work of President John F. Kennedy, the Institute of Politics' mission is to inspire students to lead lives that are engaged in public service, politics and civic leadership. The IOP Alumni Scholarship furthers this mission by providing tuition to a Harvard College graduate who was actively engaged at the Institute of Politics during his/her undergraduate years and who has been accepted to the Kennedy School.
Students may apply for the full-two year tuition and mandatory fees scholarship to the Kennedy School or if they have been accepted to a joint degree program at Harvard Law School or Harvard Business School, students may apply for a one-year scholarship to cover the cost of tuition and fees at the Kennedy School in pursuit of their MPP or MPA. The scholarship shall only be applied to uition and fees for the Kennedy School and cannot be used as payment for non-Harvard joint degree programs.
Selection for an Institute of Politics Alumni Scholarship to the Kennedy School is based upon the candidate's strong record of academic achievement, demonstrated commitment to politics and public service and proven leadership ability. Special consideration will be given to the candidate's undergraduate participation in the work and mission of the IOP including the Student Advisory Committee and its programs.
Established to support those students who demonstrate a strong background and interest in public policy at the nexus of business and government, including regulation, corporate social responsibility, public-private partnerships and other areas highlighted on the center’s website.
The Program for Criminal Justice Policy and Management fellows work closely with the Program’s senior leadership and researchers to improve interaction and participation across the University among students, practitioners, and scholars in the criminal justice field. Fellows receive $15,000 in tuition reimbursement. Candidates must demonstrate interest and/or experience in the field of criminal justice policy and management. Up to three Fellows are selected on merit with preference given to students with financial need. See PCJ Academic Year Fellowships for more information.
This scholarship is awarded to an individual who has a proven interest in issues concerning digital media, journalism, politics and public policy. The scholarship will support a student who wishes to pursue graduate study in the field of media, politics and public policy. As a demonstration of their commitment, successful recipients should be professionally employed in the field (as a journalist or in the field of digital communication for a nonprofit, government agency or political entity) for three years after graduation.
A proven record of academic success
Recipients are expected to write their Policy Analysis Exercise (PAE) for a public or non-profit entity focused on local, metropolitan, or state issues. Fellows are welcome to engage, as much as possible, in the activities of the Taubman Center throughout the term of the fellowship. In addition, after graduation, recipients are strongly encouraged to spend time working for a public or non-profit entity primarily focused on issues or services at the local, metropolitan, or state level.
HKS works with a number of international institutions in order to offer our international students a wide range of funding resources. Selection processes are administered through the corresponding institutions.
For contact information for these fellowships please refer the information below.
Students from Denmark are eligible to apply.
Harvard University established the Harvard South Africa Fellowship Program in 1979 to address the needs of South Africans who were denied access to advanced education because of apartheid. It is still intended for those South Africans who are educationally disadvantaged by past law and resource allocation. The fellowship includes payment of tuition, a living allowance, and a return air ticket to the United States. Deadline is typically set for early June.
The Institute for International Public Policy (IIPP) Fellowship Program is a program that seeks to enhance U.S. national security and global competitiveness by promoting excellence, international service, and awareness among a representative cross-section of the American citizenry. The IIPP also seeks to broaden access to international education and training opportunities for underrepresented minority college students.
The IIPP Fellowship Program provides students from underrepresented minority groups with education and training experiences critical to entry and advancement in international affairs careers. IIPP is a comprehensive program of summer policy institutes, study abroad, intensive language training, internships, graduate study, and student services that include mentoring and career development. Additionally, IIPP provides students with the education and training necessary to successfully enter, advance, and provide leadership in international affairs careers.
Students of the MPA/ID program from World Bank member countries should submit a statement of eligibility to the MPA/ID Office be considered for this scholarship. Please visit the MPA/ID Partnership Program page for further information.
Students of all degree programs, except MPA/ID, from World Bank member countries are eligible to apply for this scholarship through the World Bank; please contact:
Students of the MPP, MPA2 or MPA/ID programs from the United Kingdom are eligible to apply.
Students enrolled in all degree programs from Germany are eligible to apply.
For MC/MPA students in the dual degree program with the Graduate Institute, Geneva.
The Harvard Kennedy School is a participating educational institution in the Muskie Program. Students from the former Soviet Union and East Central Europe are eligible to apply.
The PPIA Fellowship Program is designed to prepare college juniors or rising seniors from diverse backgrounds for graduate studies in public and/or international affairs and groom them for professional roles in public service. There is an array of opportunities under the Fellowship which span a period of development from the junior year of college to beyond the completion of a graduate degree.
The fellowship program has the goal of improving the leadership capacity of the experts of the Secretariat General who assume a significant role in Turkey’s European Union accession process. The fellowship will support one Mason Program student each year with at least five years of service at Secretariat General at the time of application.
Students of the Mid-Career MPA program from the Israeli Civil Service are eligible to apply.