Apply for the US Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs’ Professional Fellows Program

10 Oct, 2017

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

HOW WILL THE PROGRAM BENEFIT ME? WHY SHOULD I APPLY?

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.

ELIGIBILITY

To participate in the Professional Fellows Program you must be:

  • 25-35 years old;
  • A citizen and current resident of either: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, Georgia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Moldova, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Turkey, Russia, Ukraine, and Vietnam.
  • 
Speak fluent English to work full-time in a US worksite;
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Interested in participating in a reciprocal program for Americans coming to your country.
  • Have at least two years relevant work experience and be currently employed;
  • Have demonstrated leadership and collaborative skills.
  • Be a professional fit for the PFP theme that your country participates in
    • Legislative – Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova, Turkey, Ukraine
    • Innovation and Entrepreneurship – Belarus, Russia
    • Economic Empowerment – Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.

To Apply

Follow the link below:

http://professionalfellows.americancouncils.org/#intro

The application for the Spring 2018 YSEALI PFP program will be open from September 15 – November 13, 2017 at https://ais.americancouncils.org/pfp 

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