Professional Fellows Legislative Process and Governance Program

The fellows meet with Mark Lindsay, who led the transition from the Bush administration to the Obama administration, and former Congressmen Bill Zeliff and Bob Livingston.


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. Typically, 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. Participants spend up to six weeks in the United States, during which 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. Fellowships provide participants the opportunity to examine the relationship between civil society and government in the U.S., and how respective agencies and organizations work to strengthen citizen participation, transparency, and accountability. The program also establishes structured interaction among American and foreign participants designed to develop enduring professional ties and lasting partnerships. At the conclusion of their fellowships, participants travel to Washington, DC, for a three-day Professional Fellows Congress, where they have the opportunity to debrief and engage with more than 200 Professional Fellows from around the world.

Program Length

4-6 weeks

Eligibility and Application Overview

Public applications are accepted.

Participants must:

  • 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.

Country-Specific Information

American Councils for International Education

  • Eligible Countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova, Russia, Turkey, Ukraine

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