Post-Graduate Fellowships

We welcome 2022 graduates of Harvard’s master’s or professional degree programs to apply in the inaugural year of this exciting opportunity. 

Successful applicants will be placed in paid, two-year fellowships in municipal leadership in city halls across the United States and tasked with supporting cities in developing and deepening capabilities to address pressing municipal challenges.

The fellowship provides a salary and benefits plus robust professional development and cohort learning through the two years, including in-person convenings and numerous opportunities to interact with and learn from peers, Bloomberg Harvard staff, and faculty.

City leaders are often best positioned to make government more effective, efficient, innovative, and equitable for residents. Working in a city hall will provide you with immediate opportunities to drive change and innovation.

Applications for the 2022 Post-Graduate Fellowship are now closed.

Contact Snapper Poche or Lindsay Woodson with questions or if you need more information.

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?

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.

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Student Fellows Stories

A map of a holistic picture of the affordable housing landscape and needs in Rochester

Andrea Ringer & Adam Staveski,

MPP 2021

Andrea Ringer, HKS MPP 2021, and co-fellow Adam Staveski, HKS MPP 2021, worked to address the affordable housing gap in Rochester, New York–a key priority for Mayor Lovely Warren. Using available data and frameworks published by Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies, Andrea and Adam created a holistic picture of the affordable housing landscape and needs in Rochester. “Although learning on the job was difficult at first, I was continually supported by the city employees in Rochester and by the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative. Because of them, I was able to complete an incredibly complex data task in just six weeks,” Adam said. He found that the housing supply could be reworked to better accommodate the population in need of affordable housing by increasing the stock of 1-bedroom apartments. Their findings gave city officials valuable insights as they began to rewrite the city’s zoning code, and it was recently cited by Mayor Warren in her State of the City address.

Mock website of a mayor's dashboard

Lauren Lombardo,

MPP 2021

Lauren Lombardo, HKS MPP 2021, worked closely with the mayor’s office in the city of Lincoln, Nebraska, to improve the city’s use of data and performance evaluation in policymaking. Lauren found that the city’s existing system, LNKStat, was outdated and had been abandoned by the intended users. After 20 interviews with stakeholders, Lauren developed a new metrics toolkit to be used alongside policymaking that will provide a guide for identifying key performance indicators and monitoring metrics during policy development. Her solution ensures a flexible system that can adapt more readily than static metrics. In addition, Lauren scoped and tested a data dashboard for city officials that would make data more accessible to the public and promote data-driven governance. Lauren said of her experience, “During a time of pandemic and social unrest, my summer fellowship with Lincoln came with unexpected challenges and unanticipated rewards. I learned the importance of making data accessible and flexible and saw first-hand how to impact organizational change within governing institutions.”

Protest in Chicago in the wake of the murder of George Floyd

Zoe Bulger,

MPP 2021

Zoe Bulger, HKS MPP 2021, started her fellowship in the Chicago Mayor’s Office of Equity and Racial Justice days after protests had erupted across the city in response to the murder of George Floyd and legacy of police brutality, state violence, and racism. “While my work for the summer was focused broadly on racial equity in response to COVID-19, it was clear that Chicago needed a way forward through the trauma caused by systemic racism and the pandemic–it needed to heal,” she said. Working closely with Chicago’s Chief Equity Officer, Zoe engaged a range of stakeholders to explore strategies for healing and identify work already underway in the city. She also examined cases of reconciliation in other cities in the US and abroad. At the end of the fellowship, she submitted a proposal for how Chicago can launch a city-wide healing journey and drive transformation for racial equity.

A crowd gathers for peaceful protest held in Oklahoma City

Andrew Loh,

MPP 2022, MBA 2022

Andrew Loh, HKS MPP 2022 and Stanford Graduate School of Business MBA 2022, worked with the Oklahoma City Mayor’s Office to analyze the impacts of COVID-19 in the city and strengthen civilian oversight of the police force. Joining a special task force to address these connected issues, Andrew conducted a comparative analysis of responses from other US cities in order to support employing a mask mandate. Andrew’s team also examined a variety of police oversight systems, and he presented to Mayor David Holt the legal and policy reforms that would be necessary to make civilian oversight of the police department more effective. His proposal serves as a key resource as policymakers take up police reform in Oklahoma City.

Mockups of a waste management app

Oluwatosin Alliyu,

MDE 2021

Oluwatosin Alliyu, HGSD MDE 2021, spent the summer working with the public and private sector stakeholders of Accra’s waste management system in order to develop a data strategy to make Accra the cleanest city in Africa. Oluwatosin conducted research on data strategy and waste management, as well as the intricacies of public-private partnership in Accra, mapping the relevant stakeholders in order to uncover areas for improvement. Oluwatosin developed three prototypes and an implementation guide in order to address issues with cross-sector collaboration, data collection, and service delivery to remote citizens. On her Harvard faculty and client support system, Oluwatosin said, “The support of my two Harvard faculty advisers and feedback from stakeholders in Accra were instrumental in the development of both the prototypes and implementation guide. While the keen guidance from my Harvard faculty advisers provided much needed insights and encouragement when I felt stuck, the feedback and continued engagement with those in Accra kept me grounded.”

Adam Hawksbee

Adam Hawksbee,

MPP 2019

While pursuing his graduate degree, Adam Hawksbee, HKS MPP 2019, worked closely with the city region of West Midlands on inclusive economic development, first during a summer internship, then during his Policy Analysis Exercise, and finally as a research fellow with the Initiative. Just months after being hired as the Policy Director for the city, he was thrust into supporting its response to COVID-19. “I moved from a strategic, forward-looking role to a day-to-day crisis management and emergency response role,” he said. “As we turn towards recovery and reimagining what the region looks like, I’ve been able to bring in what I learned at Bloomberg Harvard to push us to thinking ambitiously and imaginatively about what comes next.”

Nneka Edwards-Jackson

Nneka Edwards-Jackson,

MPK 2022

As a COVID-19 Response and Recovery fellow, Dr. Edwards-Jackson, Harvard Chan MPH 2020, who is a pediatrician by training, is developing community-based solutions at the intersection of public safety and mental health. Her analysis of peer city approaches and policy recommendations will inform the overall strategy of the new community-based public safety task force, formed in the wake of the Black Lives Matter and Indigenous Lives Matter movements. Edwards-Jackson’s project is a continuation of the city’s work within the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative’s Collaboration Track on community-driven mental health and addiction strategy.

Allison O’Shea

Allison O’Shea,

MBA 2021

Allison O’Shea, HBS MBA 2021, is working on research on city innovations to advance the status of women and girls. Her work aims to identify promising approaches, common issues of focus across cities, partnership models, and how cities measure success. “I was drawn to this research project because the challenges facing women and girls are extremely complex and intersectional in nature. In other words, the most pressing challenges facing women and girls vary across age, race, class, and geography, and the solutions can rarely be developed and executed by a single department or agency within city hall."

Mockups of a waste management app

Oluwatosin Alliyu,

MDE 2021

Oluwatosin Alliyu, HGSD MDE 2021, spent the summer working with the public and private sector stakeholders of Accra’s waste management system in order to develop a data strategy to make Accra the cleanest city in Africa. Oluwatosin conducted research on data strategy and waste management, as well as the intricacies of public-private partnership in Accra, mapping the relevant stakeholders in order to uncover areas for improvement. Oluwatosin developed three prototypes and an implementation guide in order to address issues with cross-sector collaboration, data collection, and service delivery to remote citizens. On her Harvard faculty and client support system, Oluwatosin said, “The support of my two Harvard faculty advisers and feedback from stakeholders in Accra were instrumental in the development of both the prototypes and implementation guide. While the keen guidance from my Harvard faculty advisers provided much needed insights and encouragement when I felt stuck, the feedback and continued engagement with those in Accra kept me grounded.”

A crowd gathers for peaceful protest held in Oklahoma City

Andrew Loh,

MPP 2022, MBA 2022

Andrew Loh, HKS MPP 2022 and Stanford Graduate School of Business MBA 2022, worked with the Oklahoma City Mayor’s Office to analyze the impacts of COVID-19 in the city and strengthen civilian oversight of the police force. Joining a special task force to address these connected issues, Andrew conducted a comparative analysis of responses from other US cities in order to support employing a mask mandate. Andrew’s team also examined a variety of police oversight systems, and he presented to Mayor David Holt the legal and policy reforms that would be necessary to make civilian oversight of the police department more effective. His proposal serves as a key resource as policymakers take up police reform in Oklahoma City.

Protest in Chicago in the wake of the murder of George Floyd

Zoe Bulger,

MPP 2021

Zoe Bulger, HKS MPP 2021, started her fellowship in the Chicago Mayor’s Office of Equity and Racial Justice days after protests had erupted across the city in response to the murder of George Floyd and legacy of police brutality, state violence, and racism. “While my work for the summer was focused broadly on racial equity in response to COVID-19, it was clear that Chicago needed a way forward through the trauma caused by systemic racism and the pandemic–it needed to heal,” she said. Working closely with Chicago’s Chief Equity Officer, Zoe engaged a range of stakeholders to explore strategies for healing and identify work already underway in the city. She also examined cases of reconciliation in other cities in the US and abroad. At the end of the fellowship, she submitted a proposal for how Chicago can launch a city-wide healing journey and drive transformation for racial equity.

Mock website of a mayor's dashboard

Lauren Lombardo,

MPP 2021

Lauren Lombardo, HKS MPP 2021, worked closely with the mayor’s office in the city of Lincoln, Nebraska, to improve the city’s use of data and performance evaluation in policymaking. Lauren found that the city’s existing system, LNKStat, was outdated and had been abandoned by the intended users. After 20 interviews with stakeholders, Lauren developed a new metrics toolkit to be used alongside policymaking that will provide a guide for identifying key performance indicators and monitoring metrics during policy development. Her solution ensures a flexible system that can adapt more readily than static metrics. In addition, Lauren scoped and tested a data dashboard for city officials that would make data more accessible to the public and promote data-driven governance. Lauren said of her experience, “During a time of pandemic and social unrest, my summer fellowship with Lincoln came with unexpected challenges and unanticipated rewards. I learned the importance of making data accessible and flexible and saw first-hand how to impact organizational change within governing institutions.”

A map of a holistic picture of the affordable housing landscape and needs in Rochester

Andrea Ringer & Adam Staveski,

MPP 2021

Andrea Ringer, HKS MPP 2021, and co-fellow Adam Staveski, HKS MPP 2021, worked to address the affordable housing gap in Rochester, New York–a key priority for Mayor Lovely Warren. Using available data and frameworks published by Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies, Andrea and Adam created a holistic picture of the affordable housing landscape and needs in Rochester. “Although learning on the job was difficult at first, I was continually supported by the city employees in Rochester and by the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative. Because of them, I was able to complete an incredibly complex data task in just six weeks,” Adam said. He found that the housing supply could be reworked to better accommodate the population in need of affordable housing by increasing the stock of 1-bedroom apartments. Their findings gave city officials valuable insights as they began to rewrite the city’s zoning code, and it was recently cited by Mayor Warren in her State of the City address.

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