Kistefos African Public Service Fellowship

In 2015, the Kistefos African Public Service Fellowship was established through the generosity of Christen Sveaas to support promising leaders working in public service in South Africa, Ethiopia, and Liberia. The Fellowship is designed to provide advanced public management training to individuals committed to improving governance and public resources at all levels.

Executive Education Programs:

Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education offers over 35 programs annually, most one week long, and includes topics ranging from leadership to collaborative governance to innovation. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply to any HKS Executive Education program that best fits their current training needs. Programs that are most focused on the needs of global leaders are:

For a full list of Executive Education programs, please see our website.

Fellowship Process:

Interested applicants must apply online for their program of choice. To be considered for the Fellowship award, please note “Seeking Kistefos” in response to the question about financial sponsor on the application. Fellowships will provide either full or partial tuition assistance for recipients. Award amounts will be determined at the discretion of Executive Education and will be based on the number and strength of applications as well as the funds available. Travel and extra nights accommodation are not covered by the Fellowship.

Applications for the Kistefos African Public Service Fellowship are reviewed quarterly and will be considered based on the program start date. The timeline for consideration is:

  • September 30 
  • December 31
  • March 31 
  • June 30

Applicants will receive notification within two weeks of the review date.

Please direct any questions regarding the Fellowship to Laura Simolaris at or +1-617-496-4215.

Harvard Kennedy School serves the public interest by preparing leaders for service to society through scholarship and collaboration that contributes to the solution of public problems. Executive Education programs at Harvard Kennedy School bring together today’s public, private, and nonprofit leaders from around the globe to develop the skills they need to create public value in solving society’s most pressing problems.