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Wexner Israel Fellowship

Leadership development for leaders in Israel's public sector

Wexner Israel Fellowship

Leadership development for leaders in Israel's public sector

Overview and Objectives

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.

Since 1989, the Wexner Foundation has been committed to the promotion of excellence and leadership in Israel’s public sectors.

Each year, The Wexner Foundation selects up to 10 outstanding directors and leaders in Israel’s public sector and sends them to the Harvard Kennedy School’s (HKS) Mid-Career Master’s in Public Administration (MC-MPA) program. 

Wexner Israel Fellows commit to remain in the public sector for at least three years after completing the program and returning to Israel. 

Upon completing the program, graduates join the Wexner alumni community in Israel and the US, where they continue to learn, develop and apply their newly acquired tools to even greater benefit for Israel’s society.

The Wexner Foundation seeks to promote diversity by actively encouraging public sector professionals from all walks of Israel’s society – men and women, Jews and non-Jews, residents of the periphery and those of central Israel, and more – to apply for this unique leadership program.  

The Year at HKS 

The Wexner Israel Fellowship takes place at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Center for Public Leadership (CPL) with some 200 students from around the globe who take part in the MC-MPA.  

In addition to HKS’s academic program, participants take part in a weekly seminar and special events held by The Wexner Foundation throughout the school year. 

Additionally, fellows will meet with senior US government officials and become acquainted with the local Jewish and North American communities, from all shades of Judaism. 


The Foundation will host open house sessions in September, in Be'er Sheva, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Haifa. Open house sessions are an opportunity for candidates to hear more about the program and ask questions about the process. Candidates are encouraged to submit an Eligibility Form as early as possible, regardless of their intention to participate in an open house session.

For additional information, please contact Leah Briskin at


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