Ash Center Summer Fellowship in Innovation

New Leaders for New SchoolsClick here to view opportunities for Summer, 2017!

Do you work in government? We are currently accepting project proposals from public sector host agencies. Please contact Will Pfeffer for details!

We are now accepting applications! Click here to access the Common Application (KNet login required).

The application deadline is Sunday, February 5th, 2017.

Applicants will be asked to submit:
- Statement of interest (please address your interest in each project if applying to more than one, and rank them in order of preference)
- Resume
- List of relevant courses
- Letter of recommendation from a current faculty member (Faculty may email recommendations directly to Will Pfeffer at


Preparing the Next Generation of Public Sector Leaders
The Ash Center’s Summer Fellowship is designed to prepare students for careers in the public sector. Students work with some of the most creative and effective public officials and policy advisors in the country, not only to learn but to add value by sharing cutting-edge trends and ideas explored at the Kennedy School.

Hosting public sector agencies include past winners of the Center’s Innovations in American Government Awards, the offices of mayors of some of the largest U.S. cities, and other Ash Center partners in the field.

Students receive $7,000 for travel and living expenses during their fellowships, which last 8-10 weeks. Preference is given to first-year students returning in the fall. A list of past summer fellows and projects is available here»

Click here to view opportunities for Summer, 2017. Check back often, as new projects are added on an ongoing basis.

Applications will be accepted through the HKS Common Application, found on KNet. Applicants will be asked to submit a resume, statement of interest, list of relevant coursework, and letter of recommendation from a faculty member. Faculty may email recommendations directly to Will Pfeffer at

While applicants are welcome to apply to more than one project, we request that projects be ranked in order of preference, and that the applicant's specific interest in each project be covered in the statement of interest. We also accept a limited number of student-found proposals which relate to the Ash Center's areas of focus.

Please contact Will Pfeffer, Student Programs coordinator at the Ash Center, with questions. We welcome inquiries from agencies interested in hosting HKS students!