The New Zealand Harkness Fellowship is for a high potential senior leader in any field of study or vocation (excluding health care policy and practice) to study or research in the US for between 3-6 months.

One New Zealand Harkness Fellowship worth up to NZ$70,000 is being offered in 2024 (for travel in mid-late 2024), to a person who is currently employed in in the New Zealand Public Sector.  The length and total value of the Fellowship will be determined by the LDC and Harkness Trust Board, in conjunction with the successful applicant.

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.

Learn more or download the application form. 

New Zealand Harkness Fellowships