Applications Open for Professional Fellows Program (PFP)!


Deadline: 30 March 2018
Open to: 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
Fellowship: travel and living arrangements will be covered as well as emergency health insurance, and visa fees on program

Description

The Professional Fellows Program (PFP) and YSEALI PFP are sponsored by the US Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs’, Professional Fellows Division and administered by American Councils for International Education.

The application for the fall 2018 YSEALI PFP program will be open from February 1 - March 30, 2018 for the following countries - Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russia, Turkey and Ukraine.  The results will be announced in mid-May.  The program will take place in the US from October 9 - November 17, 2018.  Learn more on the specific page for your country!

The application for the Economic Empowerment Cohort of YSEALI PFP will be open from February 19 - March 30, 2018 for the following countries Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. Results for the semi-finalist round will be announced by email in mid-May.  The fall 2018 Fellows will be in the US from October 9 - November 17, 2018.

American Councils for International Education is a premier, international nonprofit creating educational opportunities that prepare individuals and institutions to succeed in an increasingly interconnected world. 

Through academic exchanges, overseas language immersion, and educational development programs, American Councils designs and administers innovative programs that broaden individual perspectives, increase knowledge, and deepen understanding. For 40 years, American Councils has responded to the needs of the communities where we work with hundreds of robust, international education programs that span over 69 countries, 40 languages, and are represented by over 55,000 alumni worldwide, including government leaders, top international educators, business innovators, public officials, and K-16 students.

Eligibility

In order to be considered eligible to apply, you must fulfill all of the following criteria:

  • 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;
  • 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.

Benefit

  • 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.

Application

If you are selected for the program American Councils will assist you in applying for a J-1 visa.  All visa fees will be covered through the program as well as travel to the visa interview.  However, the granting of a US J-1 visa is a requirement for the program, and if you are rejected for a visa by the Consular section at the embassy you will not be eligible to participate.  American Councils can assist fellows in the application process, but holds no sway over visa granting decisions made by the Embassy.

In order to apply, register HERE.

If you have any questions, check the FAQ section

The official web-page.