Ian Axford Fellowships in Public Policy

November 24th, 2004

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For Study and Travel in New Zealand

The Commonwealth Fund of New York invites applicants for the 2006 Ian Axford (New Zealand) Fellowships in Public Policy.  The deadline for the receipt of applications is March 1, 2005.

The fellowships give outstanding American professionals the opportunity to study, travel, and gain practical experience in public policy in New Zealand, including first-hand knowledge of economic, social and political reforms, and management of the government sector. Two to three Fellowships will be awarded for six months, starting in January/February 2006.

The purpose of the Ian Axford (New Zealand) Fellowship program is:

•        to reinforce New Zealand/United States links by enabling Americans of high intellectual ability and leadership potential to come to New Zealand to gain experience and build contacts in the field of public policy development;
•        to help improve the practice of public policy development in the United States and New Zealand by the cross-fertilization of ideas and experience in the two countries; and
•        to build a network of public policy experts on both sides of the Pacific.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens and have at least five years experience in their profession.  There are no formal age limits, but the focus of the fellowship is on mid-career development, and successful applicants are likely to be in their early thirties to early fifties. Candidates’ proposals for study while in New Zealand must address one of the following fields of public policy: education and training, youth and families, workplace and employment, indigenous peoples, health care, environmental management/climate change, information technology, innovation in science and technology, public sector reform/program evaluation in the government sector, economic/business development, human capital development, transportation and communications, coordination of energy/national resources.

Each fellowship includes roundtrip airfare to New Zealand for the fellow, a dependent partner and/or children to age 18 years, and a monthly living and travel allowance.  Candidates are encouraged, where possible, to be on full or partial paid leave from their places of employment.

For information for candidates and application, see The Commonwealth Fund’s website at www.cmwf.org/fellowships. For further questions, contact: Phuong Trang Huynh, The Commonwealth Fund, One East 75th Street, New York, NY 10021-2692 (telephone: 212.606.3851, email: pth@cmwf.org).

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