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Senior Executives in State and Local Government

Program Session(s):
July 10, 2017 - July 28, 2017
June 4, 2018 - June 22, 2018

Application Deadline(s):
April 5, 2017
April 4, 2018

Program Fee:$14,100

Applications may be submitted after the deadline and will be considered if space remains. Please contact the program director for additional information.

Program fee includes: tuition, housing, curricular materials, and most meals.

See the Admission section for fellowship information.

Faculty Chair: David King

Program Director: John Williams

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Please click here to read the Executive Education application instructions BEFORE you begin your application.

* Please note that applicants to the Senior Executives in State and Local Government program may be contacted after submitting their application and asked to provide a current professional reference.

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If you have any questions about the application process, please call the Admission Office at 617-496-9000.


Admission is selective, based on professional achievement and a proven commitment to public service. There is no formal educational requirement.

Proficiency in written and spoken English is essential.

Early application is encouraged as qualified candidates are admitted on a rolling, space-available basis and programs often fill to capacity. Because of the interactive nature of this program, the number of participants is limited. Applications received after the deadline will be considered only if space remains in the class.

Fellowship Opportunities

Executive Education at Harvard Kennedy School recognizes that tuition payment is an obstacle for some applicants. We have identified several fellowship opportunities available to individuals who have applied for and been accepted to a given program.

The following fellowships are administered by separate organizations and have a selection process entirely independent of Harvard Kennedy School. We encourage participants to explore relevant opportunities from this list, and to search for additional sources of fellowship support.


2017 Fellowship information will be posted as it becomes available.

An applicant’s sponsoring agency or the applicant will be expected to pay the cost of the program. Applicants from agencies or employers that are unable to provide full sponsorship are reminded that financial support for this program may be available from local foundations and philanthropic organizations.

In addition, the following organizations offer tuition support for this program:

  • For city/county managers in Arizona:
    The Arizona City/County Management Association gives full fellowships to two applicants from Arizona each year. Applicants should apply directly to ACMA. Click on the link above for instructions on how to apply for this fellowship.

  • For state, county, and local officials in Maine:
    The Brooks Foundation partially sponsors one public official from Maine each year.To be considered for this fellowship, please complete the online program application. In response to the “Who will be the financial sponsor of your participation?” question, type “Brooks”.  The grant application deadline is April 5, 2017.

  • For state, county, and local officials in Colorado:
    The Gates Family Foundation provides up to five partial fellowships for state, county and local officials from Colorado. To be considered for this fellowship, please complete the online program application. In response to the “Who will be the financial sponsor of your participation?” question, type “Gates”. The grant application deadline is March 7, 2017.

  • For state and local officials in New Hampshire:
    The Caroline Gross Fellowship of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation is given to one applicant each year and covers tuition and other expenses up to $10,000. Only New Hampshire state and local officials who demonstrate the highest standards of performance in public service are considered for this Fellowship. Candidates must be nominated for the award. Click on the link above for more information on this fellowship.

  • For local elected officials and appointed staff from SEMCOG's member communities:
    SEMCOG's Taubman Fellowships, sponsored by the Taubman Company, cover the costs of tuition, room, and board for county, city, village, and township officials working in Southeast Michigan communities which belong to SEMCOG. Southeast Michigan is the home to Taubman Company headquarters. Applications must be submitted directly to SEMCOG. Contact Grant Brooks, Membership/External Affairs, SEMCOG, for more information.

  • For Members of ICMA:
    Full Members of the International City/County Managers Association who are either Managers or Assistant Mangers in their local jurisdiction are eligible to apply for a fellowship from ICMA. For more information, or to apply for the scholarship, please click here.

  • For openly LGBT state, county and local officials:
    The David Bohnett LGBT Leadership Fellowship provides a limited number of fellowships for openly lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender state, county, and local officials. The deadline to apply has been extended to March 29th.  For more information and to review the additional requirements for this Fellowship, please visit 

  • VA Benefits:
    Information on VA benefits for U.S. participants is available by clicking here.
"As a longtime funder of the Senior Executives in State and Local Government program, I know the value that it provides to elected and appointed officials. For years, this program has stood alone as the source of training, education and inspiration for leaders, including those in the gay and lesbian community.

But it wasn't until I was a student that I fully appreciated the depth and intensity of the program. And then again, not until I got back to running a grant-making foundation that I realized how profound and comprehensive my three weeks in Cambridge had been. While the challenges at work have not diminished, my ability to understand and manage them has been forever enhanced because of the program."

-Michael F. Fleming,
 Executive Director, David Bohnett Foundation


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