The Professional Fellows Legislative Process and Governance Program brings emerging leaders from around the world to the United States for intensive fellowships designed to broaden their professional expertise. Participants are mid-career professionals actively involved in the legislative and/or policy-making process through their work in government, civic education organizations, citizen advocacy groups, political campaigns, political parties, or election monitoring organizations. While in the United States, they receive hands-on exposure to various levels of government through carefully designed full-time fellowships in national legislative offices, state legislatures, state or local government offices, advocacy groups, or other relevant organizations. The program establishes structured interaction among American and foreign participants designed to develop enduring professional ties and lasting partnerships.
Program Length4-6 weeks
Eligibility and Application OverviewPublic applications are accepted.
- Be leaders in government, the private sector, and civil society with a demonstrated record of public service, and interest in effecting positive change in their institutions and communities;
- Be mid-level professionals with leadership potential in government, the private sector, or civil society with experience and current employment related to the legislative process and governance;
- Be proficient in written and oral English, self-directed, able to work effectively in a cross-cultural setting, and have demonstrated leadership abilities.
Additional eligibility requirements for this program may vary by country. Individuals who are interested should contact the partnering non-profit organizations, listed below, for more information.
Participants apply through one of the partnering non-profit organizations, and will be selected through an open merit-based, competitive process in consultation with the Public Affairs Section of the relevant U.S. Embassies. Prospective participants should contact the partnering organizations for information about upcoming exchange programs and eligibility requirements.