New Zealand Harkness Fellowships are for emerging New Zealand leaders in any field of study or vocation (excluding health care policy and practice) to study or research in the US for a minimum of twelve weeks. One New Zealand Harkness Fellowship worth NZ$30,000 will be offered in 2015 (for travel in 2016), to a person who is currently employed in a public sector* organisation in New Zealand.
The New Zealand Harkness Fellowships were established in 2009 by the New Zealand Harkness Fellowships Trust Board to reinforce links between New Zealand and the US and to enable emerging leaders in the public and private sectors to benefit from study and travel in the US. Their purpose is to enable appointed Fellows to gain first-hand knowledge and build contacts in their chosen field of endeavour that will be highly relevant to the NZ context and future NZ/US links. The Trust Board is working in partnership with the Leadership Development Centre, which is acting on behalf of the NZ Government.
The programme has four goals:
· Reinforce New Zealand-United States links by enabling actual or potential leaders and opinion formers in New Zealand to benefit from new ideas, practices and new contacts in the US;
· Increase the Fellow’s ability to bring about change and improvements in New Zealand;
· Help improve the cross-fertilisation of ideas and experience between New Zealand and the United States; and
· Build a leadership network on both sides of the Pacific, encourage ongoing exchange between New Zealand and the United States and establish enduring relationships offering reciprocal benefits to both countries.
Successful candidates will be based at a US host organisation. The Fellow should utilise their US contacts and the assistance of their host organisation to source appropriate US and New Zealand connections.
To be eligible, you must:
· be a New Zealand citizen who is currently residing in New Zealand;
· be an early to mid-career professional active in any part of the public sector;
· be a potential leader and opinion-former in your chosen field;
· have an interest in learning from your experience in the US and be capable of putting to effect in NZ, relevant lessons learned.
· A fellowship valued at up to NZ$30,000 is offered in 2015 (for an award start date in 2016). New Zealand Harkness Fellowships are intended to contribute towards travel costs (international and domestic), accommodation and per diem expenses. The funds are not intended for the purchase of equipment or any other research costs. Additional costs in excess of NZ$30,000 must be met by the Fellow and/or their New Zealand employer.
· A basic health benefit plan covering a maximum of US$50,000 per sickness or injury.
· The period of your award is a minimum of 12 weeks from 1 January 2016
· You must travel on a NZ passport, and US immigration documentation must be completed from within New Zealand;
· You will be expected to take the opportunity to deliver seminars or speak with various groups as opportunities arise;
· You may be required to fulfil some Harkness media requirements before your departure for the US, during your exchange and/or on return to the NZ;
· You must provide Harkness (via Fulbright New Zealand) with copies of any articles or research papers resulting from your Fellowship. A final report must also be completed before you depart from the US.
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· You must complete and submit the application form below by the application deadline. Candidates should show that their proposed project will inform their field in New Zealand and the United States and be applied to the New Zealand context to effect a particular outcome(s);
· You must also submit all required support documents along with the application form by the application deadline in one PDF file;
· You must arrange for up to three references to be submitted by the application deadline, in the format outlined in the application form.
· Interviews will be held in Wellington on 22 October 2015
* This includes the State Services, tertiary education institutions, State-Owned Enterprises and Crown companies, agencies that operate as part of the Legislative Branch of Government, and local Government
On November 25th, the Harkness Fellowship Trust hosted Prime Minister John Key, senior government officials and past Harkness fellows at a cocktail function to celebrate the recent $2 million investment by the Leadership Development Centre in the future of the fellowships.
In a speech to the assembled fellows, the Prime Minister outlined the importance of offering opportunities for future leaders in the public sector, business, science, academia and other areas of society, to gain experience and pursue research projects overseas. The Harkness Fellowship Trust will in the New Year, open a call for applicants for the next Fellowship.
See below for a gallery of images taken at the cocktail function, held at the Wellington Club.
The Chairman of the NZ Harkness Fellowships Trust Board, Ross Tanner, has welcomed the announcement by Iain Rennie, State Services Commissioner and Chair of the Board of the Leadership Development Centre, that the Government is to make a $2 million investment in the Trust Board’s Harkness Fellowships programme.
The Harkness Fellowships programme has over the last sixty years enabled mid-career professionals who aspire to significant leadership roles within New Zealand, particularly in but not limited to the public sector, to benefit from new ideas, practices and contacts in the US.
The purpose of the Fellowships is to reinforce New Zealand-United States links by enabling aspiring leaders to benefit from a programme of personal study at a US research institution or other organisation.
The Fellowships will also:
Applications for the 2015 Fellowships will be sought later this year.
Questions and answers
1. What are the Harkness Fellowships?
From 1922, The Commonwealth Fund of New York, a philanthropic enterprise established by the Harkness family in 1918, provided Fellowships to enable outstanding graduate students from the UK to spend up to 21 months in the United States to pursue post-graduate training or research.
Following the conclusion of WW2, in the early 1950’s the Fellowship programme was extended to mid- career professionals from a range of countries, including Australia, New Zealand and some continental European countries.
The Fellowship programme in New Zealand has supported over 100 talented people to pursue study and research programmes in the US. Many have gone on to become leaders in their profession and to make outstanding contributions to science and technology, health care and education, economics and public sector leadership.
In 1996, the Board of the Commonwealth Fund decided to focus the Fellowships on health care policy and practice, which was in fact more in keeping with the overall purpose of the Fund itself.
Mindful that the original Harkness Fellowships had enabled a generation of young emerging leaders from both the public and private sectors in New Zealand to benefit from what was a life-changing experience in the United States, a group of New Harkness alumni established The New Zealand Harkness Fellowships Trust (Inc), by a trust deed on 12 December 1997, to support ‘general purpose’ fellowships.
The establishment of this Trust, and its intent to award additional Fellowships for tenure in the US, was endorsed by the Commonwealth Fund. The Trust Board has since inception received strong administrative support from The New Zealand–
United States Educational Foundation, Fulbright New Zealand.
In 2009 the Trust Board resolved to allocate some of its capital each year to support a limited term Fellowship for tenure in the United States, to enable emerging New Zealand leaders in any field of study or vocation (excluding health care policy and practice) to study or research in the US.
Four New Zealand Harkness fellows have since been awarded Fellowships to travel to the US.
2. What is the purpose of the NZ Harkness Fellowship?
The purposes of the Fellowship are to:
• Provide a catalyst for those aspiring to significant leadership roles within New Zealand by enabling them to benefit from new ideas, practices and new contacts in the US.
• Reinforce New Zealand-United States links by enabling these emerging leaders to benefit from a programme of personal study within a stimulating environment while establishing long term relationships;
• Enhance the cross-fertilisation of ideas and experience between New Zealand and the United States; and
• Build a connected leadership network on both sides of the Pacific based on enduring relationships, with benefit to both countries.
3. Who is eligible?
It is anticipated that two Fellowships a year will be awarded, providing there are candidates of excellence who meet the criteria. Applications are open to those from all backgrounds in New Zealand, but one Fellowship annually will be devoted to applicants who have a career focused upon the public sector. There is no fixed age limit but preference is given to applicants in the 25-45 year age range.
4. Who are former Fellows?
Previous New Zealand Harkness Fellows have included managers in the public and private sectors, lawyers, policy analysts, economists, academics, journalists, social scientists, educators, artists, and central and local government officers. A selection of former Fellows includes: