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Since 1981, the Jerome L. Rappaport, Sr./Boston Urban Fellowship has provided full-tuition scholarships that have allowed more than 30 elected and appointed officials from greater Boston to attend the Kennedy School of Government's Mid-Career Master in Public Administration (MC/MPA) program. Candidates, who must also apply to and be accepted into the MC/MPA program, should demonstrate an interest in urban and metropolitan issues, a capacity for leadership, and a continuing commitment to contribute to the well being of the greater Boston area.
Elected officials from throughout greater Boston (all communities in Suffolk, Middlesex, Norfolk, Essex, Franklin, Plymouth and Bristol counties) are eligible for the fellowship. The fellowship is also open to appointed officials currently working for the City of Boston. Preference will be given to full-time elected officials and those from communities inside of Route 128. Fellows will be selected by the Rappaport Institute and the fellowship may not be granted in certain years, at the discretion of the Institute.
Elected officials have the option of attending the Kennedy School as half-time students for two years. Appointed officials must be full-time students and must have a letter from the Mayor of Boston granting them a sabbatical leave. After graduation, appointed officials must return to public service in the greater Boston area for a minimum of two years.