The Professional Fellows Program for Governance and Society, South and Central Asia, Fall 2019
  • Partially Funded

Fall 2019 Applications for the Professional Fellows Program for Governance and Society are now open.

Funded by the U.S. Department of State and implemented by World Learning, the Professional Fellows Program for Governance and Society, South and Central Asia works to promote mutual understanding and establish networks among mid-level professionals in India, Pakistan, Nepal, and the United States, while also promoting increased knowledge of the legislative process and principles of good governance.

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Overview:

Through professional fellowships, the participants will be matched with a U.S. organization or government office providing them with the opportunity to increase their understanding of the U.S. legislative process while engaging in civic life through enrichment activities, such as meetings with key stakeholders, dialogues, and site visits. The following are themes and topics related to legislation and governance that may be included in the program:

  • good governance (e.g. transparency and anti-corruption);
  • legislative processes;
  • the role of women, minorities, and marginalized populations in civil society and the political process;
  • decentralization;
  • youth engagement;
  • development and strengthening of NGOs and civil society;
  • post-conflict transitions; and
  • non-violent civic participation.
  1. The U.S. program for participants from India, Pakistan, and Nepal will take place from October 12-November 16, 2019 (tentative dates). It will begin with an orientation in Washington, DC that focuses on the structure of the U.S. government, the legislative process, and the role of civil society.
  2. Next, participants will take part in a four-week fellowship in one of several U.S. cities, which includes professional assignments at local/state/federal government offices or NGOs, seminars and observational site visits, homestays with local families, and volunteerism.
  3. Participants then return to Washington, DC for the concluding Professional Fellows Congress, which includes workshops, dialogues, meetings with U.S. Government officials, and a program debrief.
  4. Following the U.S. program, American Fellows will travel to India, Pakistan, and Nepal to participate in workshops, consultations, and provide support to follow-on projects in the winter of 2020 (tentative dates).

Location:

United States

Benefits

  • 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.

Eligibilities

  • 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.
Eligible Regions: India, Nepal, Pakistan

Application Process

Apply online through the given link. The application form must be completed in English.

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Application Deadline: May 20, 2019

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