Benjamin Kane Gupta Fellowship Program

Through a generous gift from the family of Benjamin Kane Gupta, the U.S. Department of State Secretary’s Office of Global Partnerships and the GW School of Business have launched a fellowship program for elite MBA students to gain real-world experience in crafting international public-private partnerships to create prosperity and improve lives around the world.

The Benjamin Kane Gupta Fellows Program honors the legacy of Gupta, a joint-MBA/Law student who died in December 2011, and his diligent work in the State Department, where he interned as part of his MBA program.

At State, the fellows will apply classroom skills to the meaningful work of international public-private partnership creation and management. They will work in the Office of Global Partnerships or in a regional bureau to facilitate collaboration among innovative businesses, governments, and civil society through research and program development.

Gupta fellowships will be offered to up to four MBA students per year. Stipends will support a full-time schedule of 40 hours per week at the State Department’s Office of Global Partnerships for one semester. Graduate students from any accredited university may apply.

Depending on the university where they are enrolled, Gupta fellows may be eligible to obtain academic credit for the fellowship. The program will be administered within the GW School of Business.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • U.S citizenship
  • Second-year MBA student or dual degree MBA student in second year of study (or within one year of completion of MBA or dual degree MBA program)
  • Strong academic achievement
  • Leadership experience and potential
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team
  • If selected, the candidate must successfully complete and maintain a security clearance by the U.S. Department of State.

If you are interested in applying for the spring 2015 cohort of the Gupta Fellowship or have any questions about the program, please send an e-mail to