Applications are no longer being accepted for these fellowships.
Hauser Center Fellowships Available for Harvard Kennedy School Mid-Career Masters in Public Administration 2011-2012
The Hauser Center Mid-Career Fellowships will provide a student the opportunity to work with the ‘domains of practice’ and cross-cutting programs at the Hauser Center. The Mid-Career Fellow will collaborate with the domain and program teams (staff, faculty and/or researchers) to bridge scholars and practitioners.
The fellowship will start in August 2011 and is available to students currently enrolled in the Mid-Career Masters in Public Administration program at Harvard Kennedy School. It will run through May 2012. The fellowship includes a $15,000 stipend to be disbursed as $7,500 each semester.
Interested candidates should submit a current CV; a brief essay (no more than one page) outlining relevant skills and experience, interest in the work of the domain, and how you anticipate this position contributing to your professional goals; and a writing sample when specified in the fellowship description.
Applications are no longer being accepted for these fellowships.
There is one fellowship available in each of the areas listed below:
Mid-Career Fellowship for Humanitarian & Development NGOs
Fellowship overview: The Humanitarian & Development NGOs domain of practice fosters connections between scholars and practitioners with respect to key leadership, management, strategy and policy issues faced by humanitarian and development NGOs. In doing so, it seeks to enhance the impact of these NGOs and to enhance the quality of scholarship on issues pertinent to NGOs. The Humanitarian & Development NGOs domain of practice convenes the NGO Leaders Forum, a semi-annual retreat for CEOs of major U.S.-based international NGOs, and co-convenes (with CIVICUS) an annual gathering of international advocacy NGOs and networks. The domain also convenes biweekly NGOs & Development study groups, regular NGO leaders’ seminars and policy panels on campus. In addition, the domain blog facilitates real-time exchanges and debates on issues of importance to NGOs, and research efforts focus on topics as diverse as internationalization of governance in INGOs, programmatic approaches and theories of change in INGOs, and development of managers and leaders in INGOs. The domain also seeks to link students with NGO careers and research possibilities.
Responsibilities: The Mid-Career Fellow will be a partner to the Domain Manager, Humanitarian & Development NGOs in advancing the convening, research and student engagement efforts of the domain. In particular, tasks may include:
- Helping to convene the NGOs & Development study group which includes identifying and securing the right resource people.
- Helping to write for, and secure other writers for, the domain blog.
- Helping with aspects of research related to papers prepared for the NGO Leaders Forum.
- Helping to transition the advocacy NGO convening to be inclusive of social movements.
- Helping to expand and execute a set of student-related activities.
Experience: Prior experience in the field of international development or humanitarian work (or working with civil society groups) with a preference for those interested in continuing in the field upon graduation. Strong analytical abilities, strong social networking skills, outstanding written and oral communications skills, and ability to work both independently and as part of team. Sense of humor appreciated.
Mid-Career Fellowship for Justice & Human Rights
Fellowship overview: The Hauser Center’s work with justice and human rights organizations extends worldwide, embracing domestic nonprofits using a range of strategies to protect and strengthen human rights and justice in their countries, as well as with global NGOs pursuing the broadest human rights agenda.
Throughout the 2011-2012 academic year, the Justice and Human Rights Domain will continue collaboration with domestic and international human rights and justice NGOs from Afghanistan to Zambia on a range of projects that strengthen networks of exchange between domestic and international NGOs with each other, as well as with actors in national governments, the UN, research institutions, and other international organizations such as the International Criminal Court.
Activities and outputs from these efforts include convenings and executive seminars, and useable tools for the field such as discussion and strategy papers, briefing books, case studies, micro-documentaries, and articles.
Responsibilities: The Fellow’s work could include providing support in the following areas:
- Outreach to NGO practitioners and scholars on specific activities.
- Project-related research including preparation of background materials, research papers, and translation support.
- Organizing seminars, workshops, student study groups and meetings with leading practitioners and scholars on campus and in the field.
- Dissemination of the tools and ideas produced by the domain’s work within the Harvard community and to the broader field by drafting content, coordinating visual media production of domain events and activities, and using blogs and other social media (domain blog, Facebook page, and Twitter account).
Experience: Interest in the field of justice and human rights NGOs, with preference for those with an interest in continuing in the field upon graduation. Experience and aptitudes should include strong analytical ability, strong social networking skills, outstanding written and oral communications, and ability to work both independently and as part of team. Fluency in Spanish, French or other languages preferred.
Mid-Career Fellowship for Nonprofits in China
Fellowship Overview: The Nonprofits in China Domain focuses on the key challenges facing the growing Chinese nonprofit sector. We seek to enhance the impact of the nonprofits in China by strengthening interactions between scholars and practitioners. We conduct activities in three levels geared towards promoting the nonprofit sector in China: knowledge and information, advocacy, and participation in work in the field. Under the leadership of the Domain Manager, the fellow will choose one of the following two focuses while shouldering all the general responsibilities as defined below.
The Fellow has the following general responsibilities besides one of the two focus areas:
- Work with the domain manager, senior research fellows and other Hauser staff in conceptualizing and planning seminars and other public events that present scholars and practitioners from across the field to the Harvard community.
- Assist with the establishment and management of a study group on nonprofits in China.
- Assist with current research projects, including with the preparation of background materials and research papers.
- Manage contingent student activities.
Focus A: Domain Strategic Development
Provide close support to the Domain Manager in developing concept papers and grant proposals. It involves polishing draft papers, composing original writing based on a concept, and collaborate in developing the concepts. In some cases, it also requires the fellow to participate in identifying donors and networking to secure resources.
Focus B: Nonprofits in China Web Information Portal
Regularly monitor a number of Chinese websites and news resources for the latest progress of the Chinese nonprofit sector. Introduce or carry latest reports and research related to nonprofits and philanthropy in China in the Domain’s English information portal on nonprofits in China. This work will involve reading Chinese media, selecting fitting articles, translating and editing, and training and coordinating a volunteer team to accomplish the task.
Experience: A successful candidate should have the following aptitudes in addition to special requirements for each of the focus areas:
- Have interest in (and even better, experience with) the nonprofit or the social sector in China.
- Entrepreneurial: Quick to identify opportunities for the Domain, thinking strategically about ways to promote the work of the Domain, taking initiatives, able to follow through and deliver results.
- Leadership: Able to advocate on behalf of nonprofits in China among students, able to coordinate students in accomplishing a certain task.
- Strong conceptual and analytical ability.
- An excellent communicator and networker.
- Familiar with China and the Chinese culture.
Strategic Development Association Special Requirements
- An outstanding communicator with excellent English writing. Records of excellent writing and writing samples are required.
- A strategic thinker: Have a knack about the unique role the Center can play in dealing with the needs and challenges of a potential client. Can quickly identify the opportunities to form partnership or engage certain donors.
- Have basic knowledge about the field of nonprofits in China, and the insights into the needs of the Chinese nonprofit field.
- Have useful common sense: Understand how foundations work. Understand the way a university center works and have the insight into the motivations of the participants.
- Agree to commit to flexible working hours to support timely production of papers and proposals.
Web Portal Editor Special Requirements
- Have profound understanding of the nonprofit sector in China and have a sense of what is an important event or trend in this field.
- Excellent Chinese reading and comprehension.
- An organizer: Able to engage students to participate in events and activities related to nonprofits in China; able to lead and coordinate student volunteers to accomplish a task.
Mid-Career Fellowship for the Course on Exponential Fundraising
Fellowship overview: This fellowship will provide a student the opportunity to work on the Course in Exponential Fundraising (CEF), a year-long program with nonprofit leaders focused on developing the skills and networks of professional fundraising.
Responsibilities: In collaboration with the CEF Course Director and the Hauser Center Executive Director, the fellow’s primary responsibility will be to assist in the creation of a series of written cases that support the teaching and communication of the key ideas expressed through the Course in Exponential Fundraising. Specifically, the fellow will work directly with a small group of Course participants to rigorously follow and document the progress of stated goals as well as challenges to meeting these goals.
In addition, the fellow will assist with curriculum development and additional research needed for the Course design and development. The Fellow will have the opportunity to be involved in a range of activities, including collaborating with the CEF Course Director and Hauser staff in the 2012 Course on Exponential Fundraising and mini-fundraising sessions for students on campus.
Experience: Interest in the field of fundraising and/or philanthropy, with preference for those with an interest in continuing in the field upon graduation. Experience and aptitudes should include strong analytical ability, strong social networking skills, outstanding written and oral communications, and ability to work both independently and as part of team. Sense of humor appreciated.
Mid-Career Fellowship for Arts, Culture, and Capitalization
Fellowship overview: The Mid-career Fellow will work on the Center’s newly launched Initiative for Sustainable Arts in America and also on projects exploring the limits and role that philanthropy is playing in meeting some of society’s most complex problems. (including the constraints and inherent limitations around these efforts) to the chronic issues around capacity and capitalization that critical arts and cultural institutions face in an environment of significant economic disruption. Working with Senior Research Fellow Jim Bildner and Executive Director Aviva Argote, the Fellow will help research, convene and bring to the HKS community thought leaders, panelists and help support on-going efforts at the Hauser Center.
- Collaborating with senior research fellow and Hauser executive director in the design and development of the Initiative for Sustainable Arts in America, a three-year program to strengthen the nation’s arts infrastructure and develop a fact-based assessment of the sustainability of urban arts institutions across the country.
- Assisting with a lunchtime panel series on the challenges of nonprofit leadership in the 21st Century– bringing institutional leaders from the fields of arts and philanthropy to the Kennedy School to debate these issues with faculty and students.
- Contributing content to the Arts and Culture domain section of the Hauser Center website such as summaries of events, interviews with practitioners, and op-eds on topical philanthropy issues.
Experience: Interest in the field of arts and culture, with preference for those with an interest in continuing in the field upon graduation. Experience and aptitudes should include strong analytical ability, strong social networking skills, outstanding written and oral communications, and ability to work both independently and as part of team. Sense of humor appreciated.