Prospective George Fellows

Applications for the 2015-2016 George Fellows Program are now open.

"Our communities are faced with more and greater challenges than ever before. We envision this program as one that will help future leaders learn the skills that will enable them to confront these challenges in innovative ways."

Bill George
Professor of Management Practice, Harvard Business School
Co-Founder, George Family Foundation


Made possible through a generous gift from the George Family Foundation, the George Leadership Fellowships support selected students in the joint program offered through Harvard Business School (HBS) and Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) with a $10,000 stipend. The fellowships reflect the foundation’s commitment to enhancing public service by investing in character formation and leadership development.

Fellows are selected based on their demonstrated interest in community and organizational transformation through public service, activism, and social entrepreneurship, as well as a commitment to working in two of three designated areas—the public sector, private sector, and nonprofit sector—over the course of their careers. Special emphasis in the program is placed upon character development and ethical leadership.


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About the George Family Foundation

The Minneapolis-based George Family Foundation was established in 1992 by Bill George, now Professor of Management Practice at Harvard Business School, and his wife, Penny Pilgram George. The Foundation is a grant-making philanthropy organization funding integrative health & healing, leadership, spirituality, and community.

About Bill George

A 1966 graduate of Harvard Business School's MBA program, Bill George was Chief Executive Officer at Medtronic, Inc., the world's leading medical technology company, from 1991 until 2001, and served as Chairman of the Board from 1996 to 2002. In addition to teaching at Harvard Business School, Bill George serves on several corporate boards. He is the author of four best-selling books: 7 Lessons for Leading in Crisis, True North, Finding Your True North, and Authentic Leadership. With co-author Doug Baker he recently published True North Groups.

About Penny George

Penny George, a consulting psychologist for more than 20 years, is president of the George Family Foundation. Penny George is also cofounder and past president of the Bravewell Collaborative, a national philanthropic collaboration focused on leveraging individual philanthropy to transform medicine by restoring it to its roots in healing. Her leadership in philanthropy has been featured in the Chronicle of Philanthropy, the Minneapolis Star Tribune, and Compass, the journal of the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard University.