Lisa Ellen Goldberg Fellowship


Lisa Ellen Goldberg, the celebrated president of the Charles H. Revson Foundation and beloved wife of John Sexton, the former president of New York University, was a dynamic force in the world of philanthropy and the Jewish community. Prior to her death in 2007, she worked passionately for philanthropic and Jewish issues and organizations. She left a legacy of the visionary and critical role philanthropy can play in both bringing promising ideas to fruition and increasing their impact. She also embodied a deep commitment to public service and to the Jewish community. Her legacy is honored in a fellowship established at NYU Wagner for rising leaders in public service with a passion for storytelling and a commitment to making an impact in multi-faith communities

The Lisa Ellen Goldberg Fellowship provides a full tuition scholarship, $7,500 stipend for a summer internship, and participation in structured summer Professional Development programming. The Fellowship is open to students admitted for full-time study in Master of Public Administration or Master of Urban Planning degree programs. In addition to financial support, Goldberg Fellows receive an NYU faculty mentor and also get the opportunity to access an unparalleled network of philanthropists, policymakers, academics, and leaders. 

"Our goal is to be where others aren't, where we can bring our unique expertise and our passion to bear, where we can find partners to join us and leverage our own investment. Our hope, always, is that what we do will matter, will make a difference." - Lisa Goldberg

Fellowship Criteria

  • Outstanding written and verbal storytelling skills
  • Rising leaders in public service or evidence of previous impact on a critical public service issue
  • Far-reaching and nuanced intellectual curiosity
  • Passion for learning and problem-solving
  • Playful imagination and enthusiasm for new ways of approaching old problems
  • Demonstrated multi-faith commitment, interest in philanthropy, and/or love of culture and the arts preferred

Students enrolled in dual degree programs with other NYU schools are not eligible for NYU Wagner Named Fellowship programs.

how to apply

  • Submit your Fellowship Application Essay along with your online application to NYU Wagner. The Fellowship Application Essay is included in the fellowship section of the online application; there is not a separate application.  Fellowship applicants must also submit the one-minute video essay in the application in order to be considered. 
  • Those selected as fellowship semi-finalists will be invited to participate in Zoom interviews with the Fellowship Selection Committee.