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Wexner Israel Programs

Strengthening Israel's Public Leadership

Wexner Israel Fellowship

What is the Wexner Israel Fellowship (WIF)?

The goal of the Wexner Israel Fellowship is to provide Israel’s next generation of public leaders with superlative training in public management and leadership development, thus enhancing the quality of democracy and the institutional vitality of Israel’s public sector.

Established in 1989, The Wexner Israel Fellowship represents a unique and important partnership among The Wexner Foundation, the Israeli Civil Service Commission and The Harvard Kennedy School (HKS). Each year, up to ten outstanding Israeli public officials are funded to pursue a Master’s Degree in Public Administration at the Kennedy School and to participate in the Wexner Seminar, a series of weekly sessions and institutes designed to support fellows in preparing for the next stage in their public service careers. The Wexner Seminar is centered on 5 Pillars of Leadership: Professional Development, Personal Growth, Public Service Inspiration, Partnerships and Peoplehood  .

Following the Fellowship year, graduates participate in the Wexner Israel alumni community, active at senior levels of government and public activity.



The Harvard Kennedy School is the stage upon which the Wexner Israel Fellows’ year takes place. The Kennedy School attracts faculty on the cutting edge of their fields, houses thirteen research centers, regularly hosts high profile speakers and is home to students from more than 70 countries.

The Fellows begin their year in July with the MPA Mid-Career Summer Program, a month-long program that gives them exposure to professors and classes before choosing courses for the fall and spring semesters. Once the fall semester begins, Fellows are busy balancing classes, speakers and leadership opportunities.

Throughout the year, the Center for Public Leadership (CPL), a research center focused on leadership in the public sector, acts as the Fellows’ home base. The Center houses a number of the Kennedy School’s most prestigious fellowships, and offers numerous seminars on leadership development as well as hosting speakers on a variety topics.



The award covers Tuition and fees at HKS; A living stipend; Funding for all Foundation programs and special institutes; Travel between Israel and Boston for the Fellow, his or her spouse and any accompanying children; Health insurance for the Fellow, his or her spouse and accompanying children; Limited moving costs; Book allowance.


The Wexner Foundation values diversity and pluralism and believes that our differences can be a source of richness and strength. All are encouraged to apply, irrespective of organizational affiliation and background, religious denomination, gender, racial or ethnic origin, disability, marital status or sexual orientation. The selection process reflects this commitment to diversity. The Wexner Israel Fellowship Program encourages a culture of mutual respect among the Fellows, as well as in its curriculum, faculty, and staff.


The Foundation will host two Open house sessions in September, one in Jerusalem and one in Tel Aviv. Open house sessions are an opportunity for candidates to hear more about the program and ask questions about the process.

 For additional information, please contact Ms. Leah Briskin by email ( or by phone (+972-2-563-7035). 

Click here to learn more about how to apply.   



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