The John F. Kennedy School of Government is a community strategy school and one of the mark off schools of Harvard University. It proposes degrees in public policy, public administration, and international development, and conducts research in various subjects relating to politics and government. Its primary buildings are located southeast of Harvard Yard by the Charles River in Harvard Square, on the site of a former Red Line trainyard.
The Kennedy School of Government (KSG) was originally Harvard's Graduate School of Public Administration, which had been founded in 1936 with a gift from Lucius N. Littauer, and drew its faculty from the existing government and economics departments. In the 1960s, the Harvard Institute of Politics (IOP) was established as a memorial to John F. Kennedy. The IOP is currently housed in and administered by KSG; however, its focus is on expanding and engaging undergraduates. The undergraduates select the Fellows, which is why IOP Fellows sometimes do not fit the mold of the traditional KSG Fellow.