Center for Public Leadership -- The Gleitsman Fellowship in Leadership for Social Change
Please note that the deadline to submit a fellowship application is the same as the general financial assistance application deadline: February 28, 2013.
- Gleitsman Fellows are awarded a scholarship up to full tuition and health fees for one year.
- Successful applicants will be considered based on their demonstrated potential as emerging social activists and innovators and interest in pursuing a career with transformative impact on society, as well as demonstrating strong character and excellent academic credentials.
- Fellows are eligible for a stipend up to $1500 to support unpaid summer internships or professional development
- Gleitsman Fellows will participate in a rich 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 masters degree programs
- Both domestic and international students are eligible to apply
The Gleitsman Program in Leadership for Social Change was founded at HKS in 2007 through an endowed gift from the estate of philanthropist Alan L. Gleitsman to recognize students for their backgrounds or potential as activists.
Fellows are selected based on outstanding merit, but awards will not exceed demonstrated financial need, as determined by the Kennedy School’s Student Financial Services. Both domestic and international students are eligible to apply. Active participation in the weekly co-curricular program is a requirement of all fellows for the duration of their award.
During their fellowship year, the Gleitsman Fellows are part of the Center for Public Leadership's community of graduate fellows and participate in an enriching co curricular experience designed to enhance and engage their development as the next generation of public leaders. The co curricular program typically includes a welcome retreat, a weekly series of speakers and workshops, a field experience (multi-day trip to a major U.S. city), and opportunities to connect with other Center for Public Leadership fellows and alumni. For more information about the Center for Public Leadership and the Gleitsman Fellowship in Leadership for Social Change, please visit www.hks.harvard.edu/leadership.
You must submit below:
- Resume or Curriculum Vitae between 1 and 4 pages in length.
- Personal statement of 1000 words or less addressing your potential as an emerging social activist and/or innovator, and interest in pursuing a career with transformative impact on society, and how the fellowship experience would further your development as a public leader. Essays should be single spaced and make reference to the professional and/or personal experience, training, interests and future plans germane to this fellowship.
- Two letters of recommendation specific to your fit for the Gleitsman Fellowship. The letters must be in PDF form, signed by the referrer, on letterhead indicating the referrer’s institution. Recommendation letters must be received by Friday, March 8 for the application to be considered.
Please note that there is only one upload button for both recommendations. If you are in receipt of both recommendations please scan into one PDF and upload below.
If the provider(s) of your recommendation would prefer to submit the letter directly, they may email it to the attention of Brooke King at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please make sure your recommender clearly indicates that it is for the Gleitsman Fellowship. If your recommender prefers to send a hard copy, it can be mailed to:
Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Center for Public Leadership
79 JFK Street, Box 124
Cambridge, MA 02138.
If your recommender is submitting his or her letter to Brooke, rather than being uploaded through this website, please submit a document in the “Additional Information” field to indicate the letter is being sent directly to Brooke King.
Finalists for the Gleitsman Fellowship will be asked to come to Harvard Kennedy School (if local) or call in for a phone interview with members of the Gleitsman Fellowship Selection Committee on March 18, 2013. Finalists will receive an invitation via email by March 15, 2013 which will provide more detailed information. Information regarding the interviews will not be available prior to that time.
- The Gleitsman Fellowship selection committee does not see the personal statements, transcripts, or letters of recommendation submitted to the HKS admissions committee, only the documents submitted on this form.
- Students may apply for multiple fellowships at CPL, but we encourage applicants to think about which fellowship aligns with his/her experience and goals.
- All students’ application materials go to the Financial Aid office; any questions regarding the Financial Aid site or general application should be directed to Student Financial Services. CPL may only accept those letters sent separately by recommenders.
Please Note: the fellowship review process requires that we be able to electronically compile your submitted materials into a single document. It is imperative, therefore, that none of the documents you submit be protected by passwords or any other means. For example, documents submitted as PDFs should be configured to permit edits, changes and copying. If the fellowship for which you are applying requires you to submit a letter from a recommender, please remind your recommender not to protect these documents. If you do submit protected documents you risk not being considered for the fellowship for which you have applied.
Please be advised that it will typically take at least two working days after you submit your fellowship application for its status to be updated in MYFAID.
Additonal Note: Readers of fellowship applications do not have access to admission application materials (letters of recommendation, essays, etc).