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Call for The Community Engagement Exchange (CEE) Fellowship Program 2024-2025  is open!!!

The Community Engagement Exchange Program CEE Program is a dynamic global network of innovators working with communities to address critical 21st Century issues. CEE equips dedicated visionaries with the expertise, skills, and resources to develop multisector approaches and build healthy and engaged communities in over 100 countries.

This international exchange program in USA provides a platform for emerging and influential leaders to use their full potential and strengths to establish working networks and blooming relationships between segregated communities. The duration of the Community Engagement Exchange Program is one year. Furthermore, the fully funded CEE program in the USA is one of the best leadership exchange programs for international students.

The primary purpose of this fully funded exchange program in USA is to focus on key participatory factors needed for societal growth and progress. The key factors of this young leaders exchange program include gender equality, participatory government, sustainable development, youth participation, and resilience. By incorporating these key factors, young leaders of this generation learn to collaborate and develop a diverse and multi-disciplinary global civil society ecosystem. Community Engagement Exchange Program 2024 for international students will provide a transformational and incomparable leadership development experience through their activities.

The fully funded Community Engagement Exchange Program 2024 is an initiative by the US Government and is supported by the International Research and Exchange Board (IREX). IREX is a globally known non-profit organization working to generate extraordinary exchange programs related to studies and development. The primary purpose of the community engagement exchange program is to allow students to ponder issues of public concern. Furthermore, to come up with solutions to tackle such problems that arise in society. The fully-funded leadership program for international students helps build leadership and decision-making skills in the youth of this generation. It is an opportunity to promote the exchange of culture and improve international relations.

The CEE Program includes a 3-month US-based program, participation in the Leadership and Civic Engagement Academy, community engagement projects, and continuing global and local networking. During the 2024-2025 tenure of the fully funded scholarship program, the Community Exchange Program focuses on five main themes, including harnessing the power of networks, relationships, and information for the public good, specifically on issues related to civic dialogue and peacebuilding, women and gender equality, resilience and sustainable development, and youth engagement.

Furthermore, applicants do not need to worry about the cost related to the USA exchange program. The IREX Community Engagement Exchange Program 2024 will cover all costs, including health insurance, roundtrip airfare, and a stipend to cover accommodation and living. In addition, IREX will provide support in obtaining a J-1 visa. So, do not miss this opportunity to apply for the Community Engagement Exchange Program. Further information about criteria, requirements, and benefits is provided in this article below. Therefore, do not skip any section and read till the end.

Eligible countries by region

Africa: Angola, Botswana, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe

East Asia and the Pacific: Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Vanuatu, and Vietnam

Europe and Eurasia: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Türkiye, and Ukraine.

Middle East and North Africa: Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Syria, Tunisia, and Palestinian Territories

South and Central Asia: Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan

Western Hemisphere: Bolivia, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Trinidad and Tobago, and Venezuela


United States


  1. Financial Support: The program covers the cost of most expenses associated with:
  • J-1 visa support
  • Round-trip travel from participants’ home city to the U.S.
  • Monthly allowance to cover housing, meals, and other living expenses while in the U.S. and
  • Accident and sickness health benefits

2. Fellowship components:

  • Three-month Practicum in the United States: IREX matches CEE fellows to civil society organizations throughout the United States. Designated supervisors and peers support the fellows through a three-month, hands-on professional practicum.
  • Leadership and Civic Engagement Academy: CEE fellows explore the program themes through interactive curriculum that includes service learning, face-to-face trainings, mentorship, professional coaching, and inclusion in a global network.
  • Community Engagement Project (CEP): With the help of their U.S. host organization and mentors, CEE fellows design and plan a community engagement project to carry out after they return home. Once the fellows depart the U.S., they put these projects into action in their home communities.
  • Community Engagement Project (CEP) Exchange: Select U.S. hosts and CEE specialists will travel to a CEE alumnus’ country and work collaboratively to support the fellow’s project implementation and bring back what they learn to strengthen communities across the United States or their home country.


  • Age 21-27;
  • Citizen of one of the eligible countries listed below;
  • Currently living and working in their home country at the time of application;
    • Special consideration can be given to individuals living in another country who have refugee status and are working on behalf of their home community.
  • Has a minimum of two-years professional or volunteer experience, working on community or civil society issues, at the time of application;
  • Working on a community engagement initiative in their home country, either in a professional or volunteer capacity, with a demonstrated intent and vision to pursue a career working to support civil society or within the civil society sector;
  • Able to begin the CEE Program in the United States in 2025;
  • Able to receive a U.S. J-1 Visa;
  • Committed to returning to their home country after completion of the program and implementing a community-based project; and,
  • Proficient in spoken and written English at the time of application.
    • Semifinalists will be required to take a Duolingo English language test
    • Finalists should be able to fulfill most communication goals, even on unfamiliar topics. They should understand the main ideas of both concrete and abstract writing and they should be able to interact with proficient speakers fairly easily.
Eligible Regions: Open for All

Application Process

  • Click on the Apply Now button below to apply for the IREX CEE program.
  • The application process is entirely online; therefore, you must apply through the community engagement program online application.
  • Applicants must create an account on the official website.
  • Fill out the form in English, and do not leave any required field empty.
  • Provide correct information.
  • Please read the eligibility criteria before applying for the 2024-2025 Community Engagement Exchange (CEE) Program.
  • Make sure to submit your application before the CEE program deadline.

Application Deadline: July 2, 2024

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If you have any questions about the application, please contact: email [email protected]
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