Institute of Politics Fellows

The Kennedy School of government bills the Institute of Politics (IOP) as its "bridge to the outside world."

Since its establishment in 1966 as a memorial to President John F. Kennedy '40, the IOP's visiting fellows program has brought dozens of political journalists, former elected officials and lobbyists to Cambridge.

Each semester, the IOP invites between five and seven people to come to Harvard to spend a few months taking classes and leading study groups. From rowing crew to meeting with faculty, fellows have the opportunity to throw themselves into life at Harvard--at least for a semester.

The fellows generally come to Harvard during a point of transition in their careers, and they use their time at the University to help them figure out their next career step. For the fellows, it is a chance to take a break from hectic jobs and lifestyles.

In addition to taking advantage of the perks associated with the program, fellows are required to teach a special study group and do their own research. Designed to encourage Harvard students to enter politics. the not-for-credit groups cover topics in state, local and national government.


When selecting fellows, the IOP puts together a group of candidates and then invites them to Harvard for interviews. The nominees are interviewed and chosen by IOP staff, members of the Student Advisory Committee (SAC)--made up of undergraduates and graduate students--and a special fellowship panel.

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