Post-Graduate Fellowship FAQs
Q: How long is the fellowship term?
A: The formal fellowship term is 24 months (i.e., 2 years).
Q: Will fellowships be remote, in-person, or hybrid?
A: Barring city-specific constraints, the fellowship will be in person. Specific considerations may be determined in coordination with city supervisors.
Q: Who is eligible to apply?
A: 2022 Harvard graduates from master’s or professional-degree programs may apply.
Q: May international students apply?
A: Most international graduates will be eligible, but they should consult with the Harvard International Office to discuss their specific visa requirements and considerations. Note: Harvard University, not the city, will be the fellows’ employer. Harvard will sponsor a J-1 research scholar visa for any international students selected for the fellowship.
Q: Which cities are hosting fellows?
A: We are in the process of finalizing host cities. Candidates will learn more about the host cities, including having the opportunity to interview with potential host cities, during the fellow selection process. There will be a total of no more than 10 host cities (and no more than 10 inaugural fellows).
Q: When will fellows begin work?
A: We anticipate fellows will arrive in their host cities to begin work during the summer of 2022, following training with fellowship cohort members.
Q: Are fellows required to produce particular deliverables or products?
A: No. However, each fellow will work closely with their host city supervisor to agree on work products to be completed by the end of the fellowship term. Fellows will be required to attend and participate in cohort convenings that will help them define an approach for addressing the city-nominated problem and sustaining their work.
Q: How is this fellowship different than the Summer Fellowship?
A: The fellowship is intended to attract and facilitate highly capable graduates with master’s or professional degrees into leadership positions within city governments. Fellows, supported by the fellowship team and Harvard faculty, are tasked with leading and managing efforts that build city capabilities and advance action on a pressing municipal problem, anchored by a city-nominated challenge. Central to their work will be strengthening their host city’s capacity to sustain the skills beyond the two-year fellowship term.
Q: What is the application and selection process like?
A: The application requires short answers to some questions and submission of a resume and academic/professional references. The fellowship team will review applications and select candidates for a second round, which will include an applied exercise. Candidate finalists will review city-specific job descriptions and be invited to interview directly with city leaders. Based upon those interviews, the fellowship team will provide fellowship offers where a match exists between a candidate’s capabilities and a city’s needs.
Q: What is expected of candidates and fellows?
A: Candidates must apply, participate in follow-up interview exercises, and make themselves available for city interviews. If chosen, fellows will be required to complete administrative steps and to attend an in-person kick-off convening in early summer 2022. Fellows will be expected to relocate and start their work in city halls soon after the kick-off. Fellows are expected to participate in all in-person and virtual trainings, convenings, and professional development opportunities through the course of the two years.
Q: What is the compensation?
A: Fellows will be paid a competitive salary. Benefits, as well as payment for travel to in-person convenings, will be provided.
Q: How will fellows be supported during the fellowship term?
A: The fellowship provides robust professional development and cohort learning opportunities throughout the two years, including in-person training and numerous opportunities to interact with and learn from your peers, Bloomberg Center staff, and faculty.
Q: What types of challenges will fellows work on?
A: City nominated challenges should be a top priority for the city’s leadership, one that will benefit from a fresh perspective and innovative approaches to help diagnose and address the underlying causes and symptoms. The challenge will have resources—in addition to the fellow—committed to addressing it, and the desired outcome will be aspirational but realistic. The challenge will be substantively large and complex, not something that will likely be “solved” in two years.