Fellowship for Serving African-American Communities

A full-tuition scholarship for a graduate degree program at Harvard Kennedy School of Government

The Fellowship for Serving African-American Communities brings together diverse and talented emerging leaders based on their demonstrated leadership promise and demonstrated interest in reducing disparities in African-American communities through efforts in health care, education, economic development, public policy, criminal justice reform, social entrepreneurship, and a variety of other fields. The program connects fellows with highly accomplished national and international leaders and provides them with the skills to:

  • Foster sustainable change in communities,
  • Build cross-sector partnerships and collaborations, and
  • Inspire new ideas and innovative change in programs and policies that serve communities.

Deadline Information

Harvard Kennedy School Admissions Deadline: Monday, December 3, 2018

Fellowship Application Deadline: Monday, February 4, 2019


Fellows will participate in a yearlong cocurricular program designed by Harvard Kennedy School’s Center for Public Leadership. This not-for-credit program is intended to inspire, to provide concrete opportunities for leadership skill-building, and to connect fellows with an interdisciplinary network of like-minded peers and mentors that will last a lifetime.

The Fellowship cocurricular program will include regaular dinners, an annual retreat, and robust field experiences grounded in discussions with visionary leaders whose work has had significant impacts in marginalized communities. The program will also focus on strengthening core competencies that are central to public leadership, such as promoting strong moral character and ethics, mastering the arts of persuasion and negotiation, and leading effective teams and organizations.

Eligibility Requirements

Award decisions will be primarily merit-based but with a consideration of financial need as determined by the HKS Student Financial Services. This opportunity is open to domestic students entering any of Harvard Kennedy School's master's degree programs.

Application Process

To apply for the Johnson Fellowship, please visit the Student Financial Services website.