Funded through the generosity of Leslie and Abigail Wexner, the Wexner Foundation annually supports ten outstanding Israeli government and public service professionals as they pursue a mid-career Master's Degree in Public Administration from Harvard Kennedy School. The Wexner Foundation supplements the Fellow's academic curriculum with a rigorous study of leadership, the American political system, and 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 and funding for all Wexner Foundation programs.
Fellows are selected based on demonstrated leadership experience in the public sector and likelihood to achieve leadership positions in Israel upon their return. In addition, Fellows must also meet Harvard’s selection criteria. Wexner Israel Fellows commit themselves to at least three years of continued service in the Israeli public sector following the completion of the program.
For more information on the Wexner Israel Fellowship Program, please visit the website of the Wexner Foundation.