Who should apply for a Zuckerman Fellowship?


The Zuckerman Fellowship enables doctors, lawyers, and business people to pursue public service degrees at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Harvard School of Public Health, or Harvard Kennedy School. The intent of its founder, Mortimer B. Zuckerman, is to bring the perspectives of multiple professions and academic disciplines to bear on public sector problems.

Mr. Zuckerman has himself mastered the art of the multisector career. Having earned degrees in law and business, he taught city and regional planning at both Harvard and Yale. After working at the real estate firm Cabot, Cabot & Forbes, he cofounded Boston Properties in 1970, which is now one of the largest and most respected real estate investment trusts. Mr. Zuckerman also serves as chairman and editor-in-chief of U.S. News & World Report, and chairman and publisher of the New York Daily News. Mr. Zuckerman's career demonstrates that it is quite possible to achieve professional and business success while being deeply engaged in the most pressing issues our society faces.

Are applicants to the joint or concurrent degree programs eligible?


Joint and concurrent degree students at Harvard are eligible to apply for a Zuckerman Fellowship. However, the timing of the Fellowship application should be discussed with the Committee on General Scholarships. Zuckerman Fellowships may be deferrable for students in joint or concurrent degree programs at Harvard for ONE year, with the permission of the Committee on General Scholarships. The rules governing these deferrals depend on which academic programs the candidate is pursuing.

Applicants who plan to pursue joint or concurrent degrees should contact the Committee on General Scholarships at 617-496-5042 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

What is required of the fellows?


Fellows are required to be in full-time residence at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Harvard School of Public Health, or Harvard Kennedy School during their fellowship year. A Zuckerman Fellowship is awarded for one year only, even though some master's degree programs last for more than one year.

Fellows are expected to participate fully in the cocurricular program organized by the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard Kennedy School during their fellowship year.

How do I check the status of my application?


Candidates may email the Program Office to confirm receipt of their fellowship application at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . The office will not release any information about the selection of Zuckerman Fellows until the Fellows are selected in April. At that time, all applicants will receive written notice of the outcome of their applications.

The Zuckerman Program Office does not have any information about the status of applications for admission to Harvard graduate or professional schools.

I have other questions. Whom should I contact?


For questions about the fellowship application, guidelines, or eligibility requirements of the Zuckerman Fellowship, please contact the Committee on General Scholarships at 617-496-5042 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

For questions about the academic programs at Harvard graduate or professional schools, or their admissions procedures or guidelines, please contact the admissions office of the school of your interest.

    Harvard Graduate School of Education
    Harvard Kennedy School
    Harvard School of Public Health
    Harvard Business School
    Harvard Law School
    Harvard Medical School
    Harvard University

For questions about the cocurricular program, please contact the Center of Public Leadership at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .