A prospective public administration postgrad who seems “most able to help lead the government of the future” will receive a $17,000 scholarship to study a masters degree at University College London.
Applications close on March 23 for the “multi-faceted high-level scholarship” offered by UCL and Apolitical, an organisation based in the United Kingdom that runs a global network for public administrators. It will cover £10,000 GBP of the course fees, which run to £24,860 for international students.
“It will be given to a student who embodies the tech savvy, internationalism and cutting-edge innovation that the public service will need to cope with the problems of tomorrow,” said the organisation’s CEO Robyn Scott.
“As both the greatest stresses and the most promising fixes for our societies become ever more globalised, digital and complex, Apolitical will support a student who can be among the next generation of leaders in the public service.
“They will need to be agile, imaginative and capable of getting things done, with the grit to break out of institutional silos and take smart risks to push forward new ideas.”
The UCL Master of Public Administration is typically undertaken by students with several years’ experience working for governments all over the world and Apolitical promises the successful applicant will be “inducted into the highest levels of policy” as well as having some of their fees covered.
“The purpose of our organisation is to help public servants become superstars in their work, and we will offer the Apolitical scholar every support we can to help them achieve that,” Scott said.
“Apolitical will do everything possible to support the winning student.
“They will have access to Apolitical’s offices, so they can draw on the organisation’s expertise, insights and networks. They will be welcome to accompany Apolitical to prestigious events both public and invitation only.
“Apolitical’s writers and policy experts will induct the student into the best ideas from around the world – and encourage the student to contribute to Apolitical’s research and writing. They will also be welcome to take part in Apolitical’s product development, giving an insight into some of the most groundbreaking work in government anywhere.”
UCL offers five variations of the degree based around: science and engineering; energy, technology and climate policy; urban innovation; economic development through technology and innovation; and digital technology.
Apolitical’s global network has members from 100 countries and offers members access to articles, webinars, Q&As, briefings and free advice from analysts on public policy problems.
It is backed by the governments of the UK, Australia and Canada, the European Union, and international organisations like UNICEF and works with institutions like the World Bank and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.