The Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) is establishing the Kenneth I. Juster Fellowship Fund to support the research of outstanding Master in Public Policy (M.P.P.) students specializing in international and global affairs. The fund is endowed through a $500,000 gift from Kenneth I. Juster ’76, J.D. ’79, M.P.P. ’79, who has devoted much of his education, professional activities, and nonprofit endeavors to international affairs.
“All of us at the Kennedy School are sincerely grateful for Ken Juster’s continued support,” said HKS Dean David T. Ellwood. “As a graduate, senior government official, business executive, and trustee of nonprofit organizations, he has been deeply engaged in promoting international understanding and advancing international relations from very different vantage points. He knows that an understanding of international and governmental affairs is critical to our future, and his gift will help attract and educate the sorts of leaders that are vital to us all in today’s global environment.”
The Juster Fellowship Fund will serve as a permanent endowment that will help the Kennedy School attract outstanding emerging leaders to the M.P.P. program and provide them with opportunities for field research or field experience during the January or summer terms in the areas of international relations, international trade and economic affairs, international development, international negotiation and dispute resolution, and global governance and affairs. Its recipients will be known as Juster Fellows. The size of the fellowships will vary depending on the place, type, and length of the particular work experience. The Kennedy School will begin awarding the Juster Fellowships in 2012.
“One of my most valuable experiences while I was a Kennedy School student was the opportunity to work at the National Security Council in Washington, D.C., during the summer after my first year,” said Juster. “The Kennedy School was able to provide me with funding to help cover many of my expenses. I am very pleased to establish a fellowship fund that will enable students to receive stipends for similar activities during the January or summer terms for working in the fields of international and global affairs.”
Juster is a veteran of 30 years in the legal, business, and policy communities and has extensive experience in government and international affairs. He is currently a partner and managing director at the international investment firm Warburg Pincus. He has previously served as U.S. undersecretary of commerce (2001-05), as counselor of the U.S. Department of State (1992-93), as the deputy and senior adviser to Deputy Secretary of State Lawrence S. Eagleburger (1989-92), and as a senior partner at the law firm Arnold & Porter (1981-89, 1993-2001).