The Professional Fellows for Governance and Society, South and Central Asia program
Deadline: May 20, 2019
The Professional Fellows for Governance and Society program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. Government and administered by World Learning.
Through this two-way exchange for emerging leaders ages 25-40 from India, Pakistan, Nepal, and the United States, participants will exchange ideas and best practices, while also improving leadership skills and developing sustainable and enduring linkages with professional counterparts. Participants will be matched with a U.S. organization or government office for a professional fellowship in order to increase their understanding of the U.S. legislative process. They will also engage in civic life through enrichment activities such as meeting with key stakeholders, dialogues, and site visits and participate in the Professional Fellows Congress with other 200+ Fellows from 48 countries.
Goals of the Program
- Promote mutual understanding.
- Establish networks among mid-level professionals in the U.S., India, Pakistan, and Nepal.
- Encourage increased knowledge of the legislative process and principles of good governance.
- Accommodations will be provided which will include double-person hotel rooms and homestays with American families and peers.
- A small stipend will also be provided during the participants’ time in the United States to cover basic living expenses. The cost of international and domestic travel, program related ground transportation, cultural activities, and all the other programmatic and logistical arrangements will be covered.
- Candidates must be from India, Pakistan, or Nepal
- Aged between 25-40
- Must be professionals with experience in the legislative process and/or policymaking, including: good governance (transparency, anti-corruption, right-to-information), legislative and political processes, including the role of women, minorities, and marginalized populations in them, youth politics and student leaders, climate change and environment, and trade and regional connectivity.
- Must demonstrate excellent interpersonal and communication skills, proven leadership abilities, the ability to work in a cross-cultural setting and a commitment to the program and follow-on activities
- Written and oral English proficiency is required as the participants will need to converse about complex political and global issues with U.S. peers and experts.
- Participants will be required to apply for a J-1 visa for work and study-based exchange programs. The visa process will be conducted by local U.S. Embassies and Consulates in conjunction with local partners and World Learning.
- Preference will be given to applicants with relevant professional achievements who have not previously visited the United States.