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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


The goal of the Wexner Israel Fellowship (קרן וקסנר) 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, up to 10 outstanding public sector directors and leaders from Israel work toward their Master in Public Administration degree at Harvard Kennedy School. These mid-career students - Wexner Israel Fellows - commit to returning to Israel and remaining in the public sector for at least three years after completing the program. Upon completing the program, graduates join the Wexner alumni community, 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 Harvard Kennedy School 

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. HKS attracts faculty on the cutting edge of their fields, houses 13 research centers and regularly hosts high profile speakers.  

In addition to HKS coursework, participants take part in a robust co-curricular program grounded in servant leadership and experiential learning designed to deepen self-awareness, cross-cultural competence, and social responsibility. Fellows also explore models of leadership and peoplehood in the American Jewish community.

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. 


For additional information, please contact Keren Zefania at

This application process is now closed.