"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)"
“It gave me an understanding of America, its culture and institutions and a deeper global perspective”
“It broadened my horizons – figuratively and literally – in ways that have influenced and benefited my entire life”
"It provided the time and place for an invaluable period of creative development and art world contacts that continue to this day"
"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"
"The Harkness Fellowship was the most profound experience of my life"
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 ».
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 »
The Harkness Fellows Association runs a regular programme of events open to Harkness Fellows and their guests, and other interested parties.
Monday 22nd November 6:30pm BST
Brexit, Covid and the British Constitution. Speaker Lord Jonathan Sumption. In the Spencer Room at Brooks, St James Street, London SW1A 1LN
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Welcome home to the 19/20 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.
Ian Hay Davison: A Second Introduction to the States
Ian Hay Davison (CFF 1957-58) was a chartered accountant when he started his fellowship. He later became a managing partner at the UK firm of Arthur Anderson, then went on to spend 17 years as a financial services regulator, chairing a number of different bodies. Here he gives us a glimpse of US life in the 50s as he started his Commonwealth Fund Fellowship.
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.
The recent presidential election in the USA, and actions by some of the States since, have highlighted concerns about democracy in America. Tom Mann, from the Brookings Institution and University of California, Berkeley, explained how this threat has grown over many years. Efforts to improve matters can be hindered by the very Constitution set up to protect democracy.