The Professional Fellows Program brings emerging leaders in the fields of legislative process and governance; civic engagement; NGO management; economic empowerment and entrepreneurship; and journalism from around the world to the United States for intensive fellowships designed to broaden their professional expertise. Participants spend approximately one month in the United States, during which they receive hands-on exposure to national legislative offices, state legislatures, local government offices, businesses, and non-profit organizations through carefully designed full-time fellowships.
Fellowships provide participants the opportunity to examine the relationship between civil society and government in the United States 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 engage with more than 270 Professional Fellows from around the world. The program take place twice per year, in the spring (May/June) and in the fall (October/November).
Program LengthApproximately 1 month
Eligibility and Application OverviewPublic applications are accepted.
Be community leaders, ages 25-40, currently employed and with at least two years of professional experience at the time of application;
Have a track record of making an impact in their community, organization or company;
Be proficient in spoken and written English at the time of application;
Be a citizen of, and currently residing in, one of the eligible member nations.
Applications are open October 15 - December 1, 2016 (unless otherwise indicated in the application).
The program applications for the Professional Fellows Program is now open. Applicants are limited to applying to only one exchange listed below.
NGO Development: An exchange focused on non-governmental organization management for young government and civil society leaders from Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia