Wexner Israel Fellowship

Funded through the generosity of Leslie and Abigail Wexner, The Wexner Foundation annually supports up to ten outstanding Israeli government and public service professionals as they pursue a one-year Mid-Career Master's Degree in Public Administration from Harvard Kennedy School with the goal of providing Israel’s next generation of public leaders with superlative training. The Wexner Foundation supplements the Fellow's academic curriculum with weekly seminars and institutes devoted to the exploration of professional and personal development, public service and partnerships, and engagement with the North American Jewish community.

At Harvard Kennedy School, Fellows find a rich environment that is conducive to reflection and dialogue about Israel's policy challenges and the diverse leadership strategies that could address those challenges. Upon completing their degree, Fellows return to Israel with an advanced understanding of public management and leadership development, thus enhancing the quality of democracy and the institutional vitality of Israel’s public sector.

The Wexner Israel Fellowship covers tuition, expenses, and fees at Harvard Kennedy School, as well as a generous living stipend, a moving stipend, and funding for all Wexner Foundation programs. Wexner Israel Fellows commit themselves to at least three years of continued service in the Israeli public sector following the completion of the program. Fellows will join the Wexner Israel Fellowship Alumni community of more than 250 members and the larger alumni community of The Wexner Foundation's of 2,000 members.

Fellows are selected based on demonstrated leadership experience in the public sector and their potential to achieve heightened leadership positions in Israel upon their return. In addition, Fellows must meet Harvard’s selection criteria. The Wexner Foundation values diversity and pluralism and believes that our differences can be a source of richness and strength. All are encouraged to apply, irrespective of organizational affiliation and background, religious denomination, gender, racial or ethnic origin, disability, marital status or sexual orientation. The selection process reflects this commitment to diversity.

For more information on the Wexner Israel Fellowship Program or to apply, please visit the website of  The Wexner Foundation. Local inquiries may be directed to Elisha Gechter, Program Manager, at elisha_gechter@hks.harvard.edu or by phone at 617.495.8501.

 

"I explicitly chose a tri-sectoral career path to expand my horizons and exposure to varied public issues, and to gain the necessary toolks to bridge differences between sectors. Eager to leverage my experience, I look to take a pivotal role in promoting issues that require a collaboration between the business, government, and nonprofit sectors. The Wexner Israel Fellowship at CPL is the place I aspire to catapult my leadership potential to drive further change in Israeli society."

-Rotem Yadlin, Mid-Career MPA