Dubin Fellows Program for Emerging Leaders

Dubin Fellows are entering master's degree students at Harvard Kennedy School who have demonstrated strong character, academic excellence, the ability to thrive and lead in the face of adversity, and a commitment to making a transformative impact on the communities they serve.

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"I knew coming to HKS would expose me to incredible opportunities, amazing faculty and mentors, and peers that would transform the way I interacted with the world. What I didn't know was that becoming a Dubin Fellow meant that I was joining a diverse family of leaders from across the globe all invested in each other's growth and development. Together we are all trustees of each other's dreams!”
-Alister Martin, MPP '15


Step 1: Apply to Harvard Kennedy School: Application deadline is December 1, 2016.
Step 2: Apply for the Fellowship: Application deadline for the Dubin Fellowship is February 24, 2017.

To apply for the Dubin Fellowship please visit the Student Financial Services web site.

  1. A biographical profile, not to exceed 150 words. (This profile should be short, concise and in the third person.)  Please include the following highlights: an introductory sentence including your name; the degree you are pursuing at Harvard Kennedy School in addition to any joint degree at Harvard or concurrent degree program at another graduate or professional institution; where you are from and where you currently reside; an overview and highlights of your relevant work/professional experience; significant leadership achievements including awards or certifications; and educational credentials with the degrees earned and institutions attended.

  2. A document containing written responses to the following two essay prompts:

    • Please discuss a topic you are passionate about as it pertains to your ability to thrive and lead in the face of adversity and your experiences as they relate to this topic. Please include specific examples in your response (750 words or less).

    • Please discuss briefly your interest in the Dubin Fellowship and how your leadership goals have motivated you to apply (200 words or less).


Finalists for the Dubin Fellowship will be interviewed in mid-March 2017 by members of the Dubin Fellowship Selection Committee.

Please visit our Fellows FAQ's page for more information.

Program Information

  • Dubin Fellows are awarded a scholarship up to full tuition and health fees for up to two years, depending on the length of their graduate degree program.
  • Fellows are eligible for a stipend up to $5000 to support unpaid summer internships or professional development.
  • Successful applicants will demonstrate their potential as emerging leaders by evidencing strong character, excellent academic credentials, a commitment to pursue a career with transformative impact on society, and the ability to thrive and lead in the face of adversity.
  • Dubin Fellows will participate in a robust cocurricular program offered by the Center for Public Leadership.
  • This fellowship is open to students entering their first year of study in any of the Harvard Kennedy School's master's degree programs.
  • Both domestic and international students are eligible to apply.
  • Welcome Retreat: CPL Fellows interact with and get to know one another and begin the process of supporting one another's aspirations as leaders.
  • Leadership Discussion Series: On a weekly basis, the fellows engage one another as well as eminent practitioners and local and national leaders on topics of service and leadership.
  • Connection with CPL and Dubin Fellows Network: Fellows engage with these other emerging leaders as they begin their careers through opportunities like roundtable discussions, mentoring experiences with fellowship alumni, leadership skills workshops, and networking events.


Award decisions will be primarily merit based but with a consideration of financial need as determined by the HKS Student Financial Services.

Two-year degree program students will receive funding for both academic years, as well as support for unpaid summer internships, contingent upon the successful completion of year one. Active participation in the weekly cocurricular program is a requirement of all fellows for the duration of their award.This opportunity is open to domestic and international students entering any of Harvard Kennedy School's master's degree programs.

Glenn Dubin is the Founder and Principal of Dubin & Co. LP, a private investment company based in New York. He is also the Co-Founder of Highbridge Capital Management LLC, an alternative asset management company established in 1992 where he served as CEO. During Mr. Dubin’s tenure, Highbridge evolved from a multi-strategy hedge fund into a diversified alternative asset management institution. In late 2012, Mr. Dubin, along with a group of prominent global investors, acquired Castleton Commodities International LLC (formerly Louis Dreyfus Highbridge Energy), a global merchant energy company active in the physical and financial commodity markets and infrastructure investing. Mr. Dubin is the lead shareholder and Non-Executive Chairman of the company.

Mr. Dubin is a founding Board member and former Board chair of the Robin Hood Foundation, a philanthropic organization in New York that applies investment principles to charitable giving. He is also a Board member of Mount Sinai Medical Center and the Museum of Modern Art and is a member of the Dean’s Executive Committee of the Harvard Kennedy School. Mr. Dubin graduated from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1978 with a BA in Economics.