Fellowship FAQs

  1. When are the fellowship applications due?

Please see below for fellowship-specific deadlines and visit each fellowship page for more specific application details:

Bacon Environmental Fellowship: February 24, 2017

Dubin Fellows Program for Emerging Leaders: February 24, 2017

Emirates Leadership Initiative Fellowship: February 24, 2017

George Leadership Fellowship: TBD

Gleitsman Leadership Fellowship: February 24, 2017

Sheila C. Johnson Fellowship: February 24, 2017

Wexner Israel Fellowship: December 1, 2016

Zuckerman Fellows Program: January 6, 2017

2.    May I apply for more than one fellowship?

Students may apply for multiple fellowships at CPL, but we encourage applicants to think about applying to the fellowship(s) that align best with his/her experience and goals.

3.   Can I apply for a fellowship if I am a second year HKS student?

Harvard Kennedy School makes financial assistance decisions at the time when applicants are admitted. Thus, it is not possible to provide financial aid for students who already at the Harvard Kennedy School or for returning students. CPL fellowships are available to only incoming students with the exception of the George Leadership Fellowship. Candidates for the George Leadership Fellowships are individuals who are currently enrolled in the joint degree program offered through Harvard Business School (HBS) and Harvard Kennedy School (HKS). Applications are accepted from students only in the spring of the second year of the joint degree program.

4.     Can I apply to a CPL Fellowship if I am an undocumented student?
 
Applications are welcomed from all individuals applying to Center for Public Leadership fellowships regardless of immigration status. All undocumented individuals are eligible for consideration of CPL merit-based fellowship awards whether or not they have been granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA). If you have any questions about applying to HKS as an undocumented person, please contact the Harvard Kennedy School Office of Admissions.

5.     How should my application documents be submitted?

All application documents and supporting materials must be submitted via the Student Financial Services website . No application materials will be accepted via email or mail. If you have a question about submitting your materials or experience technical difficulties, please contact the Student Financial Services office at Financial_Aid@hks.harvard.edu or by phone at 617-495-1155.

6.     Will the Center for Public Leadership confirm receipt of my application?

Due to the high volume of applications we receive, CPL is unable to confirm receipt of applications. Applicants are invited to check the status of their applications on MYFAID.

7.     Will the Center for Public Leadership accept late applications?

No, all application materials must be submitted by the deadline of the specific fellowship(s) to which you are applying.

8.     Does the Center for Public Leadership see my application to the Harvard Kennedy School?

The CPL Fellowships Selection Committee will review the three letters of recommendation and resume that were submitted to the HKS admissions committee, in addition to the specific materials submitted for each fellowship.  

9.    I’ve encountered a technical glitch while working on my application or while submitting it. Who should I contact?

If you experience technical difficulties, please contact the Student Financial Services office at Financial_Aid@hks.harvard.edu or by phone at 617-495-1155.

10.     If I have an update to my application, who should I contact about it?

If you have an update to your application, please contact the Student Financial Services office at Financial_Aid@hks.harvard.edu or by phone at 617-495-1155.

16.     When will I know if I am a finalist and am invited to an interview?

 Finalists will be contacted in early March, 2017. Interviews will be held mid-March 2017.

17.     Will I be contacted if I am not a finalist?

All applicants will be notified by early April regarding their status.

18.     What is the dress code for the interview ?

Applicants are encouraged to wear business attire for their interviews.

19.     If I become a finalist candidate for a fellowship, when will I know whether or not I will be offered the fellowship?

All finalists will be contacted by early April regarding their status as candidates for the specific fellowship program(s) to which they applied.

 20.     If I receive a fellowship and plan to defer my HKS admission, can I defer the fellowship offer until the next year?

Fellowship offers cannot be deferred. Applicants who were awarded a fellowship and decide to defer their offer of admission to HKS are invited to re-apply for the fellowship program the year they will enroll at HKS. All admission deferral requests are handled by HKS admissions only.

21.     What are the benefits of the Fellowship if I am selected?

Please refer to the specific fellowship page for details.

22.      What is the co-curricular program?

The co-curricular program includes weekly dinners, an annual fellows retreat, and robust field experience trips grounded in discussions with visionary leaders whose work has significant impact. The program also includes faculty led sessions focused on strengthening core competencies central to public leadership such as promoting strong character and ethics, mastering the arts of persuasion and negotiation, leading effective teams and organizations and fostering sound decision-making.  The co-curricular program is an active leadership development model designed to help students grow and develop their leadership skills. Students will engage in hands on experiential learning and will plan and execute a leadership field experience trip to examine regional policy issues, while directing a team-based, policy oriented service project. The co-curricular program also enables students to build lasting ties and networks that are a powerful force for change.

 23.     Am I expected to attend all sessions of the co-curricular program?

Group cohesion and accountability are important elements to the fellowship experience. Attendance is expected at all fellowship sessions, with the exception of academic commitments. Active participation in the weekly co-curricular program is a requirement of all fellows for the duration of the award.