Black Family Fellowship

This landmark program builds upon what is increasingly clear: young men and women who have served and sacrificed for their country represent some of the brightest hopes of their generation to bring fresh, responsible, and ethical leadership to the United States and to the world.


    "I am so grateful for thPhoto of Marie Harnley in her military dress bluese personal growth that has transpired and for the community that has been developed with the Black Family Fellows.  Through telling our stories, participating in field experiences, and interacting with classmates as well as other Center for Public Leadership Fellows, we have initiated dialogue about the military-civilian relations and the importance of national security.  These opportunities have brought us closer as a cohort and have allowed us to explore the variety of ways that we can continue to serve."
    -Marie Harnly, MC-MPA '20
    Harvard Kennedy School

    APPLICATION: HARVARD KENNEDY SCHOOL

    Step 1: Apply to Harvard Kennedy School. Application deadline is early December 2020.
    Step 2: Apply for the Black Family Fellowship. Application for Harvard Kennedy School students is early February 2021. To apply for the Black Family Fellowship, please visit the HKS Student Financial Services website

    Applicants must submit:

    1. A biographical profile, not to exceed 150 words.

    2. A document containing written responses to two essay prompts related to their experience, education, leadership capacity, and the fellowship.

    3. Two letters of recommendation.

    Interviews
    Finalists for the Black Family Fellowship will be interviewed in late February, 2021 by members of the Black Family Fellowship selection committee.

    Note:
    Before submitting your application, we expect that you have thoroughly reviewed all pertinent information related to the Black Family Fellowship, including but not limited to: program requirements, eligibility information, and the background and purpose of the fellowship, including the history and background of the donor. Being a CPL fellow carries with it certain responsibilities including maintenance of good academic standing as required by your degree program; attendance at all fellowship programming for the entire duration of the fellowship; leading program sessions and service activities including a field experience trip; and responsible conduct in representing CPL and Harvard University.


    Please visit our Fellowship FAQs page for more information.

    Commitment to Nondiscrimination
    As a matter of commitment, policy, and law, Harvard Kennedy School does not discriminate on the basis of gender, gender identity, color, race, age, sexual orientation, religion, national or ethnic origin, political beliefs, intellectual focus, disability, or veteran status. The School strongly believes diversity enhances the value of all its activities, from research and teaching to degree programs and public events. The School encourages applications from candidates who are interested in careers in public service and acknowledges a special responsibility to train effective leaders in public policy and management.

    APPLICATION: HARVARD BUSINESS SCHOOL

    Step 1: Apply to Harvard Business School
    Step 2: Apply for the Black Family Fellowship. Application deadline for Harvard Business School students is April 2021.

    Applicants must submit:

    1. A biographical profile, not to exceed 150 words.

    2. A document containing written responses to two essay prompts related to their experience, education, leadership capacity, and the fellowship.

    3. Two letters of recommendation.

    Interviews
    Finalists for the Black Family Fellowship will be interviewed Spring, 2021 by members of the Black Family Fellowship selection committee.

    Note:
    Before submitting your application, we expect that you have thoroughly reviewed all pertinent information related to the Black Family Fellowship, including but not limited to: program requirements, eligibility information, and the background and purpose of the fellowship, including the history and background of the donor. Being a CPL fellow carries with it certain responsibilities including maintenance of good academic standing as required by your degree program; attendance at all fellowship programming for the entire duration of the fellowship; leading program sessions and service activities including a field experience trip; and responsible conduct in representing CPL and Harvard University.


    Please visit our Fellowship FAQs page for more information.

    Commitment to Nondiscrimination
    As a matter of commitment, policy, and law, Harvard Business School does not discriminate on the basis of gender, gender identity, color, race, age, sexual orientation, religion, national or ethnic origin, political beliefs, intellectual focus, disability, or veteran status. The School strongly believes diversity enhances the value of all its activities, from research and teaching to degree programs and public events. The School encourages applications from candidates who are interested in careers in public service and acknowledges a special responsibility to train effective leaders in public policy and management.

    APPLICATION: HARVARD LAW SCHOOL

    Step 1: Apply to Harvard Law School.
    Step 2: Apply for the Black Family Fellowship. Application deadline for Harvard Law School students is sometime in March 2021.

    Applicants must submit:

    1. A biographical profile, not to exceed 150 words.

    2. A document containing written responses to two essay prompts related to their experience, education, leadership capacity related to civil military relations and the fellowship.

    3. Two letters of recommendation.

    Interviews
    Finalists for the Black Family Fellowship will be interviewed Spring, 2021. by members of the Black Family Fellowship selection committee.

    Note:
    Before submitting your application, we expect that you have thoroughly reviewed all pertinent information related to the Black Family Fellowship, including but not limited to: program requirements, eligibility information, and the background and purpose of the fellowship, including the history and background of the donor. Being a CPL fellow carries with it certain responsibilities including maintenance of good academic standing as required by your degree program; attendance at all fellowship programming for the entire duration of the fellowship; leading program sessions and service activities including a field experience trip; and responsible conduct in representing CPL and Harvard University.


    Please visit our Fellowship FAQs page for more information.

    Commitment to Nondiscrimination
    As a matter of commitment, policy, and law, Harvard Law School does not discriminate on the basis of gender, gender identity, color, race, age, sexual orientation, religion, national or ethnic origin, political beliefs, intellectual focus, disability, or veteran status. The School strongly believes diversity enhances the value of all its activities, from research and teaching to degree programs and public events. The School encourages applications from candidates who are interested in careers in public service and acknowledges a special responsibility to train effective leaders in public policy and management.

     

    PROGRAM INFORMATION

    WHAT WE OFFER

    The fellowship provides:

    • Vital support (tuition and stipend) to support a master’s degree program at Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard Business School and/or Harvard Law School

    • A comprehensive co-curricular program to augment your leadership development

    • A network of exceptional peers and mentors who will enhance your ability to impact the communities you serve

    THE AWARD
    The Black Family Fellowship will be provided with vital tuition support for up to 25 students annually at Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard Business School, and Harvard Law School who are veterans of the United States armed forces or active duty military students serving in the United States.

    ELIGIBILITY
    Applicants will be considered based on their potential to lead change for the common good. Black Family Fellows are outstanding emerging leaders with the capacity to work across sectors. Special emphasis is placed on character development and ethical leadership.

    • The fellowship is open to admitted degree program students at Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard Business School, and Harvard Law School who are veterans of the United States armed forces or active duty military students serving the United States.

    • At Harvard Kennedy School, the fellowship is awarded upon admission to the School.

    • At Harvard Business School and Harvard Law School, the fellowship is awarded to both newly-admitted and current MBA or JD candidates.

    • Candidates who are enrolled, or plan to enroll, in joint or concurrent degree programs at Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard Business School, or Harvard Law School, are also eligible to apply.

    THE FELLOWSHIP EXPERIENCE
    Black Family Fellows will participate in a unique leadership development program administered by the Center for Public Leadership designed to cultivate core competencies that are central to public leadership, including promoting strong moral character and ethics; mastering the arts of persuasion and negotiation; leading effective teams and organizations; and fostering sound decision-making.

    Fellows will participate in the following programming:

    • Hands-on experiential learning opportunities including an Outward Bound experience;

    • A welcome retreat with the full community of CPL Fellows;

    • Engagement with prominent leaders from the military, as well as the business, government, and non-profit sectors, sharpening fellows’ understanding of how they can navigate the civilian world;

    • A leadership discussion series focused on bridging the civilian military divide with leadership development opportunities for veterans who are working to transition from military to civilian leadership;

    • A field experience trip focused on a particular policy issue, designed to strengthen Black Family Fellows’ cross-sector leadership ability through engagement with leaders and organizations across the public, private, and civil society sectors;

    • Service learning opportunities: Through the Center for Public Leadership’s Veteran’s Impact Initiative, field experience trips and programming across Harvard, Black Family Fellows will teach and coach civilian students to serve and connect with veterans throughout the city of Boston.

     

    The Debra and Leon Black Family Foundation is committed to achieving positive change across a wide array of disciplines. Since its creation in 1997, the Foundation has funded research and initiatives in medicine, the arts, and education.