The U.S. Latino Leadership Fellowship

This week  we’d like to tell you about a great funding opportunity at the Harvard Kennedy School: the U.S. Latino Leadership Fellowship. This fellowship is sponsored by the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) Center for Public Leadership (CPL) in order to bring together talented and emerging leaders who are committed agents of transformation in U.S. Latino… Continue reading

Harvard Kennedy School 2015 MPP Application Requirements and Essay Prompts

A note from The Art of Applying team: The official Harvard Kennedy School application for 2015 will open in early September 2015. In the meantime, the Art of Applying team has compiled the 2015 HKS MPP application requirements and essay prompts that are shared on the official HKS admissions blog and HKS admissions website in one convenient… Continue reading

How to write essays that ask "why this school?"

Almost any school you apply to is going to ask why you want to go to their particular school. It’s crucial to get this essay right, because schools aren’t looking for applicants who have simply copied and pasted their responses from one school over to another. Here are some examples of the “Why us?” question: Harvard Kennedy… Continue reading

Advice on writing about your career in your MPP, MBA, and MPH admissions essays

Almost any top professional school, whether an MPP, MBA, MPH, M. Ed, or MSW, is going to ask you to describe your career vision—your professional plans and goals. Why do they ask me about my professional goals? Top professional schools ask about your career vision and your professional goals, because they want to make sure that… Continue reading

Tips for Writing the Optional Essay for Harvard Kennedy School

One of the most underused tools for standing out in the application process is using the optional essay. It’s hard to write a great optional essay and very easy to write an ineffective one that annoys the admissions committee. Who should write the optional essay? Although it’s called the “optional essay,” about 70% of my… Continue reading

Harvard Kennedy School 2014-2015 Essay Prompts

Below are the 2014-2015 HKS application essay prompts as shared by the official HKS Admissions blog. All Programs Optional Essay:  If you have any concerns about your prior academic background, or if you believe the Admissions Committee may have concerns, please give a brief explanation of your performance in college, or your standardized test scores (750 word limit). MC/MPA… Continue reading