The John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University has announced a $1 million gift from the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Court.  The gift will be used to launch a new graduate fellowship that will support emerging leaders from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) while advancing the mission of the School’s Middle East Initiative, a nexus for convening policymakers and scholars on the region.

The Abu Dhabi Graduate Leadership Fellowship will make it possible for the UAE’s top public service talent to pursue a Mid-Career Master’s Degree in Public Administration as part of Harvard Kennedy School’s (HKS) Edward S. Mason Program, which is designed specifically for emerging leaders from transitional-economy countries. Graduates of the Mason Program include four sitting heads of government and Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations, in addition to a number of prominent international figures.

The first Abu Dhabi Graduate Leadership Fellows will join the Kennedy School for the 2011-12 academic year.