2019 Professional Fellows Program for Governance and Society, South and Central Asia

Deadline: May 20, 2019.

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 will 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.

Through this two-way exchange for emerging leaders from India, Pakistan, Nepal, and the United States, participants will exchange ideas, strategies, and best practices in legislative processes and policymaking, while also improving leadership skills and developing sustainable and enduring linkages with professional counterparts.



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.



  • 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.



  • 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.




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