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Gates Fellowship

Fellowships to Colorado Individuals and
Officials to Develop Leadership Skills

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Gates Family Foundation (GFF) and Harvard Kennedy School

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Educational fellowships to Colorado public officials, librarians, school superintendents, and individuals to develop effective leadership skills. In this learning environment, participants will have the ability to find solutions to complex problems by analyzing case studies, and collaborating with faculty members and other participants. The goal of the program is to bring together a diverse group of prominent public leaders - all working to find solutions to the critically important challenges they face and lead their communities, public agencies, and nonprofit organizations toward effective results.

The Senior Executives in State and Local Government program is a three-week educational experience that brings together a diverse group of prominent public leaders - all working to find solutions to the critically important challenges they face and lead their communities, public agencies, and nonprofit organizations toward effective results.

The fast-paced, collaborative learning environment at Harvard Kennedy School allows participants to share ideas and gain insight from one another as they develop their ability to exercise effective leadership in rapidly changing political and social environments.

Participants leave this program with new skills and strategies for tackling complex challenges and a new passion and sense of purpose for public service.

The total program fee is $16,500 — which includes tuition, housing, curricular materials, and most meals. For each Fellow selected, Gates pays $15,600 of the discounted tuition costs directly to Harvard. Participants or their employers must fund the balance.

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GrantWatch ID#: 156862

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The John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and the Gates Family Foundation send up to six individuals to participate in the Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Gates will pay $15,600 of the discounted tuition costs directly to Harvard for each Fellow selected.

Term of Contract:

The three-week program has sessions June 1-19, 2020 and July 6-24, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Executives working with state and local governments — elected, appointed, and career officials, as well as those in nonprofit organizations, national associations, and private corporations — will find the program extremely valuable.

Recommended applicants include:
- Elected and appointed officials and their deputies, including mayors, state senators and representatives, members of parliament, secretaries of state, attorneys general, treasurers, comptrollers, and auditors
- Leaders in public safety, such as police, fire, EMS, sheriff, and health departments
- Department heads and deputies, including chiefs of staff, public affairs officers, and town managers
- Program directors of nonprofit organizations
- Policy advisors
- General counsel
- Chief financial officers
- Chief information officers
- School superintendents
- Librarians

Admission is based on a candidate’s depth of experience and range of responsibility. Most admitted applicants have at least 10 years of experience.

Candidates must have fluency in written and spoken English.

There are no formal educational requirements.

Pre-Application Information:

Application deadline: March 3, 2020

Gates Fellowships are awarded annually to residents of Colorado by an admissions committee at the Kennedy School, based upon the recommendations of a nominating panel of distinguished Colorado residents assembled by the Foundation. Applicant interviews with this year’s nominating panel are set for April 7, 2020.

In response to the "Who will be the financial sponsor of your participation?" question, type "Gates".

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Lisa Rucker

Taylor Woods-Gauthier

Gates Family Foundation
1390 Lawrence Street, #400
Denver, Colorado 80204-2081
Phone: (303) 722-1881
Fax: (303) 316-3038

Harvard Kennedy School
79 John F. Kennedy Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

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