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The Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) offers a limited number of competitive fellowships based on merit.
Students are eligible, and are encouraged, to complete the Application for Financial Assistance at the time of their admission application process. It should be noted that all available funds are committed at the time of admission (actual decisions as released shortly after admissions decisions), and since funds are awarded for the duration of study, there is extremely limited opportunity to apply for financial need-based scholarship and merit fellowship funding after enrollment.
The Carnesale 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.
This partial tuition fellowship was established by the Charles Edison Fund in 1994 to assist the Harvard Kennedy School in extending its scope and impact of the Science, Technology and Public Policy Program of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.
Established in honor of Benjamin D. Chereskin to recognize the critical importance leadership and management trainings of the men and women in the United States Military as they face more complex challenges throughout the world.
Established to support students in the HKS/Harvard Law Joint Degree Program.
For students with financial need as determined by the Student Financial Services Office.
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 support training of state and local government of officials and leaders of non-profit institutions from the state of Maine.
For students with financial need as determined by the Student Financial Services Office.
The Jerome H. Grossman, M.D. Graduate Fellowship honors the memory and legacy of Dr. Jerome H. Grossman, M.D. and will support MPP and MPA2 program students who are licensed physicians or concurrently pursuing an M.D.
Successful fellowship candidates must demonstrate: 1) a commitment to shaping healthcare delivery policy in the United States; with goals of reducing costs/improving efficiency of the system and improving patient outcomes; 2) an interest in pursuing health care delivery policy inside and outside their individual practice; 3) excellence in public speaking and writing.
Recipients of the fellowship will have the opportunity to participate in a range of interesting and engaging programming related to Health Care Delivery Policy, such as symposia, seminars and lectures. Further details can be found here.
Established to honor the involvement, dedication and leadership of John and Marilyn Keane in supporting Harvard Kennedy School students.
For MPP students who are graduates of Harvard College and intend to work in U.S. or international institutions that focus on different areas of international affairs.
Established support students in the HKS/Harvard Medical School joint degree program.
This fellowship is awarded to MPP students who demonstrate exceptional academic ability and professional distinction, as defined by the Admissions Committee and the Financial Aid Committee. A three year commitment to public service following graduation is required. If the three-year commitment is not met, recipients must repay the fellowship.
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.
The partial tuition Lewis Freedman Scholarship was established in 1993 by residuary bequest of Lewis Freedman COL ’46 to encourage journalists to expand and deepen their knowledge of public policy issues. The Frederick Roy Martin Scholarship was established in 1995 through the estate of Nancy Martin. The income from these two endowed funds supports degree program students in journalism or broadcast journalism.
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.
The full tuition and possible stipend Native American Public Service Fellowship (NAPSF) is awarded to an individual who has demonstrated commitment to matters of concern to Native American tribes, including but not limited to tribal self-governance and policy. The Fellowship will require the recipient to be employed for a minimum of three years in public service directly benefiting Native Americans, immediately following completion of the Harvard Kennedy School degree. If the three-year commitment is not met, recipients repay the tuition portion of the Fellowship. Applications include proof of tribal enrollment (if applicable), along with the required essay and resume.
The Public Service Fellowship program was established in 1996 to recognize outstanding academic achievement and leadership potential and is designed to encourage students to pursue careers in government or non-profit organizations. The full tuition fellowship is awarded to a recent Peace Corps alumnus who exemplifies the Peace Corps mission. As a demonstration of his/her commitment to public service, the successful applicant must be professionally employed in the public sector, broadly defined, for three years upon graduation. If the three-year commitment is not met, recipients must repay the fellowship.
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.
The Public Service Fellowship program was established in 1996 to recognize outstanding academic achievement and leadership potential and is designed to encourage students to pursue careers in government or non-profit organizations. The full tuition fellowship will be awarded to a recent Public Policy Leadership Conference (PPLC) alumnus who exemplifies the PPLC mission. As a demonstration of his/her commitment to public service, the successful applicant must be professionally employed in the public sector, broadly defined, for three years upon graduation. If the three-year commitment is not met, recipients must repay the fellowship.
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.
Established to support students with demonstrated financial need; a preference will be made for students interested in International Global Affairs.
The Scott and Isabelle Black Fellowship was 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.
The Sumner Feldberg Fellowship is awarded to students who have financial need, have demonstrated a commitment to public service, and exhibit exceptional potential for leadership within the field.
In recognition of extraordinary commitment to expand educational opportunities, Harvard Kennedy School has established the Teach For America Public Service Fellowship (TFAPSF). The full tuition fellowship is awarded to a recent Teach For America (TFA) alumnus who exemplifies the TFA mission. As a demonstration of his/her commitment to public service, the successful applicant must be professionally employed in the public sector, broadly defined, for three years upon graduation. If the three-year commitment is not met, recipients must repay the fellowship.
This fellowship is awarded to students with demonstrated financial need as determined by the Student Financial Services Office.
This fellowship 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.
This fellowship is awarded to students with demonstrated financial need as determined by the Student Financial Services Office.
The William A. Starr Innovations Fellowship was established to support students who are working to promote innovative solutions and imaginative thinking as leaders in journalism and public service. The fellowship is awarded to a journalist in a degree program who demonstrates original, non-traditional thinking in policy analysis and public service. For this fellowship, you will need to submit a sample of your prior journalistic experience.
The William Hodson, Jr. Fellowship was established in 1955 to assist staff members of the United Nations or other public international agencies.
The Thomas R. Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship Program provides funding to participants as they are prepared academically and professionally to enter the United States Department of State Foreign Service. Women, members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, and students with financial need are encouraged to apply.
The goal of the Fellowship Program is to attract outstanding students who enroll in degree programs in public policy, international affairs, public administration, or academic fields such as business, economics, political science, sociology, or foreign languages, who represent all ethnic, racial and social backgrounds and who have an interest in pursuing a Foreign Service career in the U.S. Department of State. The program develops a source of trained men and women who will represent the skill needs of the Department and who are dedicated to representing America's interests abroad.
This fellowship was established in 1996 through the support of The Commonwealth Fund and collaboration between Harvard Medical School, Harvard School of Public health, and the Kennedy School of Government. The program prepares physicians for leadership positions in minority health policy and public health through a one-year, full-time program of rigorous academic training, which leads to a master’s degree in public health or in public administration for physicians who already have an MPH degree. The fellowship includes courses, seminar series, leadership forums, site visits, national conferences, shadowing of public health leaders, and a practicum. It is expected that the fellowship will support the development of a cadre of leaders in minority health who are well-trained academically and professionally in public health, health policy, health management, and clinical medicine, and who are committed to pursuing careers in public service. For more details, please visit The Commonweath Fund for more information.
The partial tuition Gertrude Manley Fellowship was established in 1979 by alumni and friends of Gertrude Manley, former registrar of the Harvard Kennedy School who retired in 1975 after 25 years of service. The Fellowship is awarded to students who show outstanding promise as managers and leaders. This fellowship also requires that the recipient demonstrate financial need.
The Governor Robert F. Bradford Fellowship for Excellence in Public Administration is for public leaders working in the Executive Branch of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Note: application procedures for this program are handled by the Human Resources Division of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Through the establishment of the fellowship, Harvard University honors the involvement, dedication, and leadership of The Harvard Club of New York Foundation in supporting Harvard Kennedy School students. The fellowships will provide tuition support to one MC/MPA student who is a New York City fire fighter, police officer or other emergency first responder.
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 Harvard Kennedy School'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 Harvard 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.
The New York City Fire Fighters, Police and Emergency Workers Public Service Fellowship honors the front line public service workers who were killed as the result of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and collapse of the World Trade Center towers and whose heroic efforts saved the lives of thousands on this tragic day. In addition, this fellowship honors all of the thousands of emergency and public safety personnel who risk their lives daily to protect the American public. A preference will be given to applicants working in the city of New York.
The partial tuition Robert C. Seamans, Jr. Fellowship in Science, Technology and Public Policy was established in 1985 by Robert C. Seamans, Jr., former Dean of Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The fellowship is for students who demonstrate talent in research or management of issues at the intersection of technology and public policy, and a commitment for future leadership in these areas.
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 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.
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. This fellowship is not open to joint or concurrent degree candidates.
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.
For students with a demonstrated interest in or commitment to issues related to human rights, and promoting and protecting human rights at the international level.
Fellowship to support students in the joint program offered through the Harvard Business School (HBS) and Harvard Kennedy School (HKS).
The Dubin Emerging Leader Fellowships are 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.
Dubin Fellows will be awarded a scholarship up to full tuition and health fees for up to two years, and are eligible for a stipend up to $5000 to support unpaid summer internships or professional development. 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. Fellows will participate in a rich co-curricular program offered by the Center for Public Leadership.
Fellows are selected based on outstanding merit, but awards will not exceed demonstrated financial need, as determined by the Kennedy School’s Student Financial Services. 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 weekly co-curricular program is a requirement of all fellows for the duration of their award. Both domestic and international students are eligible to apply.
During their fellowship time, the Dubin Fellows are part of the Center for Public Leadership's community of graduate fellows and participate in an enriching co-curricular experience designed to enhance and engage their development as the next generation of public leaders. The co-curricular program typically includes a welcome retreat, a weekly series of speakers and workshops, a field experience (multi-day trip to a major U.S. city), and opportunities to connect with other Center for Public Leadership fellows and alumni. For more information about the Center for Public Leadership and Dubin Fellows Program for Emerging Leadership, please visit www.hks.harvard.edu/leadership.
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.
The Gleitsman Program in Leadership for Social Change was founded at HKS in 2007 through an endowed gift from the estate of philanthropist Alan L. Gleitsman to recognize students for their backgrounds or potential as activists.
Gleitsman Fellows are awarded a scholarship up to full tuition and health fees for up to two years. Successful 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, as well as demonstrating strong character and excellent academic credentials.
Fellows are selected based on outstanding merit, but awards will not exceed demonstrated financial need, as determined by the Kennedy School’s Student Financial Services. Both domestic and international students are eligible to apply. Active participation in the weekly co-curricular program is a requirement of all fellows for the duration of their award.
The Gleitsman Fellows are a part of the Center for Public Leadership’s community of graduate fellows and will participate in an enriching co-curricular experience designed to enhance their skills and engage their development as the next generation of public leaders. The co-curricular program typically includes a welcome retreat, a weekly series of speakers, workshops and seminars, a field experience (a multi-day trip to a major U.S. city), and opportunities to connect with other Center for Public Leadership fellows and alumni. For more information about the Center for Public Leadership and Gleitsman Leadership Fellowship, please visit www.hks.harvard.edu/leadership.
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.
The New World Social Enterprise Fellows Program is a pioneering fellowship at the Harvard Kennedy School that prepares selected students, known as Cheng Fellows, to take action in advancing progress against a pressing social or public problem through social innovation while in school and post-graduation. Social innovation can be pursued through a number of vehicles and pathways – including the launch and scaling of, and intrapreneurship within, social movements, organizations, businesses, and/or governments.
The New World Social Enterprise Fellows Program is a scaffolded, co-curricular experience for aspiring change agents looking to learn and be in action in order to tackle a problem about which they are passionate and dedicated. The program has four key elements: co-curricular sessions, coaching and mentoring, the Social Innovation Portfolio, and financial support. It is typically a two-year endeavor; Mid-Career HKS students participate in a one-year accelerated version, while joint/concurrent degree graduate students follow customized paths.
This program challenges Fellows to grapple with complexity; engage directly and thoughtfully with stakeholders and constituents; dissect the systems and politics that shape the problem space; and continually assess whether the actions they are taking will bring about desired social change.
Group cohesion and accountability are important elements to the fellowship experience. Attendance is expected at all fellowship sessions, with the exception of mandatory academic commitments. Active participation in the weekly co-curricular program and completion of the Social Innovation Portfolio milestones are requirements in order to be considered in good standing in the program.
For more information on the New World Social Enterprise Fellowship, please visit: cpl.hks.harvard.edu/social-innovation.
The Sheila C. Johnson Leadership Fellowships are made possible by a generous donation from Sheila C. Johnson, CEO of Salamander Hotels and Resorts, a hospitality company she founded in 2005. In addition, Johnson is President and Managing Partner of the WNBA Washington Mystics and the first African American woman to be an owner or partner in three professional sports teams. She has long been a powerful influence in the entertainment industry starting with her work as founding partner of Black Entertainment Television (BET).
Johnson Leadership Fellows are awarded a full tuition scholarship and health fees for up to two years, depending on the length of their graduate degree program. Fellows are also eligible for a stipend of up to $10,000 for up to two years depending on their graduate degree program. Applicants will be considered based on their excellent academic credentials and a demonstrated interest in developing leadership skills focused on reducing disparities in underserved communities in the United States. Fellows will participate in a robust co-curricular program offered by the Center for Public Leadership. Active participation in the weekly co-curricular program that runs throughout the academic year is a requirement of all fellows for the duration of the award.
Fellows are selected based on outstanding merit and a demonstrated interest in developing leadership skills focused on reducing disparities in underserved communities in the United States. Awards will not exceed demonstrated financial need as determined by the Harvard Kennedy School’s Student Financial Services. Students in two-year degree programs will receive funding for both academic years contingent on the successful completion of the first year.
The Sheila C. Johnson Leadership Fellows are a part of the Center for Public Leadership’s community of graduate fellows and will participate in an enriching co-curricular experience designed to enhance their skills and engage their development as emerging leaders seeking to strengthen their ability to transform underserved communities. The co-curricular program typically includes a welcome retreat, a weekly series of speakers, workshops and seminars, a field experience (a multi-day trip to a major U.S. city), and opportunities to connect with other Center for Public Leadership fellows and alumni.
For more information about the Center for Public Leadership and Johnson Leadership Fellowship, please visit www.hks.harvard.edu/leadership.
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 if they have been accepted to the Kennedy School. 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 tuition and fees for the Kennedy School and cannot be used as payment for non-Harvard joint degree programs.
Selection for the John C. Culver Institute of Politics Scholarship is based upon the candidate's strong record of academic achievement, demonstrated commitment to politics and public service and proven leadership ability. Eligibility is given to either Harvard College graduates (particularly those who were actively engaged at the IOP during their undergraduate years) or students who attended the National Campaign for Political and Civic Engagement Conference while in college.
The Program in 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 $10,000 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.
The Shorenstein Center Scholarship in Media and Politics 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.