Deadline: 1 November 2019
The US department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and American Council for international Education is currently seeking applications for the Professional Fellows Program (PFP) to enhance professional and leadership skills.
The Professional Fellows Program (PFP) is a two-way, global exchange program designed to promote mutual understanding, enhance leadership and professional skills, as well as build lasting, sustainable partnerships between mid-level emerging leaders from foreign countries and the United States.
The Professional Fellows Program (PFP) is sponsored by the US Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs’, Professional Fellows Division. The program brings emerging leaders to the United States for intensive fellowships designed to broaden their professional expertise.
PFP participants are placed in intensive 5-6 week fellowships in non-profit organizations, private sector businesses, and government offices across the United States for an individually tailored professional development experience.
Who is a Professional Fellow?
Fellows come from a variety of professional backgrounds including:
- Government offices – including local government, regional development agencies, national policy offices, and offices working to increase the presence of underrepresented citizens in the economy;
- The business world – Members who are active in developing corporate social responsibility or efforts to mentor under represented populations in business and other similar themes could be eligible;
- Social innovation and social entrepreneurship organizations;
- NGOs – including those increasing the role marginalized populations in the economy and workforce, building financial literacy and supporting other important efforts around economic empowerment;
- Universities – incubators, accelerators, university-based centers or programs focusing on business development, financial literacy, tourism or economic development.
Each finalist of the program will:
- Work in a full-time fellowship placement in a US worksite dealing with issues relating to his or her work at home. While there fellows will gain first-hand knowledge about US organizations and institutions and build networks and relationships with US counterparts;
- Participate in a fully-funded program with comprehensive on program support. Travel and living arrangements will be covered as well as emergency health insurance, and visa fees on program;
- Become part of prestigious networks -including YSEALI (for Southeast Asian participants only) and PFP. Alumni will gain access to tremendous resources and an international network of like-minded professionals spanning the globe.
- Economic Empowerment;
- Governance and Society;
- Innovative and Entrepreneurship.
- Applicants must be 25-35 years old;
- Applicants must be a citizen and current resident of either: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, Georgia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Moldova, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Turkey, Russia, Ukraine, and Vietnam;
- Applicants must Speak fluent English to work full-time in a US worksite;
- Applicants interested in participating in a reciprocal program for Americans coming to your country;
- Applicant must have at least two years relevant work experience and be currently employed;
- Applicants must have demonstrated leadership and collaborative skills;
- Applicants must be a professional fit for the PFP theme that your country participates in:
- Governance and Society – Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova, Turkey, Ukraine;
- Innovation and Entrepreneurship – Belarus, Russia;
- Economic Empowerment – Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste, and Vietnam.
Eligible Countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, Georgia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Moldova, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Turkey, Russia, Ukraine, Vietnam.
How to Apply
Interested Applicants can apply online via given website.
For more information please visit http://professionalfellows.americancouncils.org/