"The landscape and the people were far more gripping and dramatic than anything I had ever seen"

Alistair Cooke
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"The Harkness Fellowship was a brilliant experience and a pivotal point in both my professional and personal life (I met my wife in New York while I was a Fellow)"

Simon Stevens

“It gave me an understanding of America, its culture and institutions and a deeper global perspective”

Aminatta Forna

“It broadened my horizons – figuratively and literally – in ways that have influenced and benefited my entire life”

Sir Colin Blakemore

"It provided the time and place for an invaluable period of creative development and art world contacts that continue to this day"

Nigel Hall

"Without the Harkness fellowship, I would never have become really internationally focussed, or been able to hold my own in US academic circles - it was life changing"

Baroness Julia Neuberger

"The Harkness Fellowship was the most profound experience of my life"

Harold Evans

Our Purpose

The Harkness Fellows Association and Transatlantic Trust is the alumni association of Harkness Fellowships, an international programme offering study fellowships in the USA. The aims of the association are to keep alive the spirit of the programme and to encourage transatlantic contacts and relationships. To this end it runs a programme of lectures, discussions, and other activities, publishes a Members’ newsletter and has produced a film about the programme.

Membership of the Harkness Fellows Association is open to all interested in transatlantic relationships. The core of our members are former Harkness and Commonwealth Fund Fellows who at some stage in their careers enjoyed the benefit of living, studying and travelling in the United States of America,
If you wish to join the Harkness Fellows Association, please click here ».

History

Harkness Fellowships (known as Commonwealth Fund Fellowships until 1960) were set up by Edward Harkness – a major benefactor on both sides of the Atlantic – in 1925. They were funded by the Harkness family foundation, the Commonwealth Fund of New York. Over the years the scheme has gradually changed to reflect prevailing priorities for the Commonwealth Fund and transatlantic study opportunities, as well as to include fellows from many other countries, not just the UK. Read more »

The Harkness Fellows Association, set up by a number of former holders of Harkness Fellowships in the UK, was registered as a charity on 13 September 2001. The HFA has no full-time staff. Its activities are carried out on a voluntary basis by committee members and part-time administrative assistance is bought in from an educational organisation, the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU). Read more »

Forthcoming Events

 

The Harkness Fellows Association runs a regular programme of events open to Harkness Fellows and their guests, and other interested parties.

  

POSTPONED – The Cairncross Review: A Sustainable Future for Journalism 

Speaker – Dame Frances Cairncross

This event has been postponed due to COVID-19

 

Save the Date

 

Lord Sumption – early evening, Wednesday 17 June 2020 – Central London

 

 

Harkness Stories

Welcome home to the four UK 17/18 Harkness Fellows in Healthcare Policy and Practice.  Read more about these fellows here. Harkness and Commonwealth Fund Fellows have spanned the breadth of human endeavour in their studies and careers. Many have led innovation and discovery in their respective fields. Many have been active in voluntary and charitable activities as well as pursuing successful careers. The HFA wants to share more stories of former fellows.  Please share your alumni story with us. See here for guidance on what to cover in your story.

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Features

Climate Change, Brexit; Is there a better way to handle these challenging issues?
John Sturrock QC (HF 1984-5), founder and senior mediator of Core in Scotland shares a recent talk to suggest alternative ways to approach resolution. Adversarialism is costly. Whether in our justice systems, the way we handle disputes generally, national politics or international diplomacy, he argues that we must find ways to move away from binary, right/wrong, right/left, win/lose, in/out, yes/no decision making. Zero sum negotiation isn’t fit for purpose. John suggests that we need a more enlightened, expansive, constructive, creative way to sort out our difficulties.

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Recent Events

Harkness Fellows meet regularly to hear stimulating speakers and discuss current topics. In keeping with the spirit of inquiry that all Harkness Fellows have, fostered by their time in the US, the issues explored are wide ranging and provocative. Guests are welcomed.

Sir Howard Davies, (HF 79-80) spoke in November. He traced the impact of the financial crisis on our trust in bankers and the financial sector. See his views and the evidence on whether banker promises are trusted. Sir Howard had a distinguished career including posts in the Treasury, FCO, McKinsey’s, Audit Commission, CBI, Bank of England; and as Chair of the Financial Services Authority and now the Royal Bank of Scotland.

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