Fellowship Opportunities for the Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program

Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education recognizes that tuition payment is an obstacle for some applicants. We have identified several fellowship opportunities available to individuals who have applied for and been accepted to Senior Executives in State and Local Government (other programs may apply).

The following fellowships are administered by separate organizations and have a selection process entirely independent of Harvard Kennedy School. We encourage participants to explore relevant opportunities from this list, and to search for additional sources of fellowship support.

ANNUAL FELLOWSHIPS

For city/county managers in Arizona:
The Arizona City/County Management Association gives full fellowships to two applicants from Arizona each year. Applicants should apply directly to ACMA. Click on the link above for instructions on how to apply for this fellowship.

For state, county, and local officials in Maine:
The Brooks Foundation partially sponsors one public official from Maine each year. To be considered for this fellowship, please complete the online program application. In response to the “Who will be the financial sponsor of your participation?” question, type “Brooks”.  The grant application deadline is April 1, 2018.

For state, county, and local officials in Colorado:
The Gates Family Foundation provides up to five partial fellowships for state, county and local officials from Colorado. To be considered for this fellowship, please complete the online program application. In response to the “Who will be the financial sponsor of your participation?” question, type “Gates”. Click here for more information and deadlines.

For state and local officials in New Hampshire:
The Caroline Gross Fellowship of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation is given to one applicant each year and covers tuition and other expenses up to $10,000. Only New Hampshire state and local officials who demonstrate the highest standards of performance in public service are considered for this Fellowship. Candidates must be nominated for the award. Click on the link above for more information on this fellowship.

For state, local and nonprofit officials in Rhode Island:
The Hassenfeld Family Foundation Rhode Island Public Service Fellowship provides advanced public management training to individuals committed to the public welfare of Rhode Island’s citizens through outstanding service in its state, local and nonprofit agencies. The fellowship can be applied to selected Executive Education programs that run between May 1 and November 30. The award provides full tuition (including housing and most meals) for one of seven Executive Education programs at Harvard Kennedy School. Click here to learn more about these programs and the application process.

For local elected officials and appointed staff from SEMCOG's member communities:
SEMCOG's Taubman Fellowships, sponsored by the Taubman Company, cover the costs of tuition, room, and board for county, city, village and township officials working in Southeast Michigan communities which belong to SEMCOG. Southeast Michigan is the home to Taubman Company headquarters. Applications must be submitted directly to SEMCOG. Contact Grant Brooks, Membership/External Affairs, SEMCOG, for more information.

For Members of ICMA:
Full Members of the International City/County Managers Association who are either Managers or Assistant Mangers in their local jurisdiction are eligible to apply for a fellowship from ICMA. For more information, or to apply for the scholarship, please click here.

For openly LGBT state, county and local officials:
The David Bohnett LGBT Leadership Fellowship provides a limited number of fellowships for openly lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender state, county and local officials. The deadline to apply is March 1.  For more information and to review the additional requirements for this Fellowship, please click here.

VA Benefits:
Information on VA benefits for U.S. participants is available here.