The Milken Innovation Center of the Jerusalem Institute for Policy Research operates several popular Israeli and global fellows programs:
The Milken Fellows Program:
This is the leading fellowship program in Israel in the field of finance and economics. The goal of the program is to train skilled workers for the public sector. The ten-month long program matches fellows with various government ministries, where they intern four days a week. On the fifth day, they write an applied research study that is coordinated with the ministry where they intern and the Milken Innovation Center, with the guidance and support of research supervisors.
The Graduates Program:
The program’s graduates serve in leading roles in government, the third sector, the academy, private financial services, and industry. The Graduates Program is under constant development, aimed at adding social media content, networking, and enrichment for its graduates. Graduates currently meet annually, which facilitates networking among them and also provides enrichment through relevant panels, lectures, and workshops. In the future, the program is expected to conduct several annual conferences.
Global fellows come from developing economies with an emphasis on African nations. Fellows are at an early stage in their career and come to Israel for eight-month placements in organizations and institutions engaged in economic and technological development. This first part consists of training, placement in an organization, and writing a report by the fellows. Fellows also work on developing projects for the second part of their training, which occurs when they return to their countries of origin and implement their projects.
The program will begin in October 2019, and will provide an MA in rural development studies (International MSc Program in Development Practice MSc-DP). The program was developed by the Milken Innovation Center of the Jerusalem Institute for Policy Research with Hebrew University's Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment and Hebrew University's Rothberg International School. The program is two years long, and includes 48 credits from Hebrew University in the first year and placement in the public or business sectors or in a development group in the second year. Fellows will be recruited from Africa, India, Asia, and California (as part of the California-Israel Partnership) and will focus on development projects that will be applied in the countries of origin. The first program cycle will consist of ten fellows.
Google Policy Fellowship:
This program offers university graduates a scholarship to research Internet and technology policy, with the goal of developing the market for new infrastructure, technologies, and practices. In the framework of this program, one fellow joined the Milken Innovation Center in 2019. The internship is for six months, with the guidance and supervision of the Milken Center’s team. The goal is for the fellow to identify opportunities for financing and innovation that will improve digital abilities and address challenges related to Internet policy such as privacy issues, information security, and censorship.