Applicants Sought for 2011 Harvard Fire Executive Fellowship Program

Senior fire executives who are selected will be awarded fellowships to attend Harvard's annual Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government. The three-week program is conducted on the Harvard campus in Cambridge, Mass.

Application procedures have been announced for the 2011 Harvard Fire Executive Fellowship Program. The program is sponsored through a partnership with the International Association of Fire Chiefs, Fire Protection Publications/International Fire Service Training Association, the National Fire Protection Association and the U.S. Fire Administration.

In announcing the 2011 program, Acting USFA Administrator Glenn Gaines said, "The U.S. Fire Administration and our funding partners, the IAFC, FPP/IFSTA, and the NFPA, are excited and remain committed to sponsor a number of fellows who will attend the Senior Executives in State and Local Government program at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government next summer. We have supported this program since 1984 because the curriculum, faculty, and setting are truly outstanding. Most importantly, this premier program can provide tools and experiences in confronting the collective challenges which fire executives face. I personally know many fire executives who have benefitted from the State and Local Program and found it extremely valuable when examining and understanding the relationships between careerists, elected, and appointed officials."

Senior fire executives who are selected will be awarded fellowships to attend Harvard's annual Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government. The three-week program is conducted on the Harvard campus in Cambridge, Mass. Selected fellows would be assigned to attend one of the two session dates: June 6-24 or July 11-29. Fellows must be available to attend either session.

The following criteria and guidelines have been established for the 2011 program:

  • Application is open to senior fire executives who have demonstrated significant career accomplishments and have the potential to impact and initiate change. Attainment of a senior position is less important than demonstrated experience in facilitating significant change within a public-sector setting.
  • Preference may be given to applicants who are graduates of the National Fire Academy's Executive Fire Officer Program, although program completion is not a prerequisite. Preference may also be given to applicants who have completed graduate-level degree programs or course work.
  • Individuals whose organizations have been represented in the Harvard Fellowship Program during 2008, 2009, or 2010 will not be considered. The program is available to international participants.
  • Finalists for the Harvard Fellowships will be asked to develop and present a five-year plan during their interview session, describing how they will use the opportunity, if awarded a fellowship, to enhance fire-EMS services at the local; regional; tribal; state, province or territory; and national or international level. If selected as a finalist more details will be provided.
  • As in the past, selected fellows can expect in the future to be contacted by any of the sponsors to help and support ongoing projects to utilize their specialized knowledge and skills.

For application information, go to IAFC's application page.

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