Press Release - Harvard Kennedy School

Harvard Kennedy School Launches Rawabi Fellowship Program for Current and Emerging Leaders from Palestine

Apr. 24, 2018

Funded by Bashar Masri, the fellowships will support both degree program and executive education students

Cambridge, MA—Harvard Kennedy School announced today the creation of a fellowship program for current and emerging leaders from Palestine. Funded by Bashar Masri, a Palestinian business executive, the Rawabi Fellowship for Leaders from Palestine will provide tuition, health insurance, and stipends for Palestinian students in the School’s degree programs, as well as financial aid for Palestinian participants in the school’s executive education programs.

“Principled and effective public leadership is needed to tackle the range of challenges that the people in the region are facing,” said Douglas W. Elmendorf, Dean and Don K. Price Professor of Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School. “This generous gift will empower future generations of leaders to strengthen the region’s political, social, and economic development.”

The merit-based, competitive fellowships will be awarded to qualified, admitted students from Palestine, with preference for those with demonstrated financial need. Upon graduation from the Kennedy School, Rawabi Fellows will be encouraged to use their newly acquired knowledge, networks, and expertise to improve opportunities for the people of Palestine.

“With its exceptional faculty and students, and its tremendous power to convene disparate groups and individuals, Harvard Kennedy School is uniquely qualified to educate Palestine’s future leaders,” Masri said. “It is critical that we support those who are, or will become, catalysts for positive change in Palestine, with the goal of moving toward a prosperous and peaceful future.”

During their time at the school, the Rawabi Fellows will have access to events and programs at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs' Middle East Initiative. The Initiative, which will provide travel and internship support for the fellows, will serve as a base to build community among the fellows and other students.

“The Rawabi Fellowship will make it possible for us to attract academically gifted Palestinian students to the Kennedy School, and to contribute to their development as leaders, policymakers, and intellectuals,” said Tarek Masoud, Sultan of Oman Professor of International Relations and faculty affiliate of the Middle East Initiative. “Training the Arab world’s best and brightest is one of the principal ways in which the Kennedy School contributes to development and progress in the region, and the Middle East Initiative is proud to be part of this effort.”

Prospective students interested in the Rawabi Fellowship program should contact the Kennedy School’s Office of Student Financial Services for information on how to apply.

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For Academic Citation:Harvard Kennedy School Launches Rawabi Fellowship Program for Current and Emerging Leaders from Palestine.” Press Release, Harvard Kennedy School, April 24, 2018.