Deadline : October 28, 2020
Applications for the U.S. Department of State Community Solutions Program 2021-2022 in The United States are now open for eligible candidates. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. Government, the Community Solutions Program is a professional leadership development program for the best and brightest community leaders worldwide.
During this program, Community Solutions Fellows complete a four-month fellowship with a U.S. nonprofit organization or local government agency. The Community Leadership Institute provides an integrated leadership curriculum and individualized coaching throughout the fellowship. At the end of the Fellowship program, participants have the chance to apply their new skills through a community action project back in their home countries.
Running for 1 year, the Community Solutions Program (CSP) is dedicated to people who are working to improve their communities by addressing issues related to energy and the environment, peace and conflict resolution, transparency and accountability, and women and gender. Community activists will be selected to participate in the program that includes:
- Four-month Fellowship in the United States
- Community Leadership Institute including a training program designed to strengthen their leadership and management skills.
- Community-based initiatives where community Solutions fellows design and plan a community development initiative or project to carry out after they return home.
Selected fellows will receive coverage for the cost of most expenses associated with the program as detailed below
- Fellows will receive a monthly allowance to cover housing, meals, and other living expenses while in the U.S.
- You will receive support to apply for a J-1 visa
- Participants will receive a Round-trip for traveling to and from their countries of origin .
- Accident and sickness insurance coverage will be paid for by the program
To be eligible for the Community Solutions Program, applicants must fulfill the following criteria.
- Applicants must be citizens of one of the eligible countries (Please see list here )
- You must be at least 25 year of age and not more than 38 years as of January 1, 2021
- Eligible applicants must be living and working in their countries of origin
- If you are an applicants with refugee status working on behalf of their your community, you will be given special consideration
- You are required to have at least two years of experience working on community development, either as a full-time or part-time employee or volunteer
- Eligible applicants must not be participating in any academic, training, or research program in the U.S. by the time of application
- You must have proof of a high level of proficiency in spoken and written English at the time of application
- Accepted English proficiency certificates include TOEFL and IELTS. Applicants will have to take one of the tests if they don’t have one already
- Applicants must not be citizen or permanent resident of the U.S. and have not applied for U.S. permanent residency and must be eligible to receive a U.S. J-1 visa
- You are committed to returning to your home country for a minimum of two years after completing the program and apply the skills you would have acquired to the betterment of your community
- Applicants must not be current IREX employees or consultants, or their immediate family members
Interested applicants are advised to fill out the online application and submit it in time in order to be considered as fellows for this program
To apply, Click here
For more information, visit the official website here