2020 U.S. Department of State Professional Fellows for Governance and Society program

Deadline: November 8, 2019.

The Professional Fellows for Governance and Society program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. Government and administered by World Learning.

The program includes the following components:

  • Participant selection and pre-departure orientation in India, Pakistan, or Nepal;
  • A one-month U.S. experiential program for participants from India, Pakistan, and Nepal that includes fellowships, interactive seminars, site visits, synthesis discussions, and designing follow-on projects (multiple cohorts)
  • In-country seminars and support of follow-on activities for participants from India, Pakistan, and Nepal, including workshops and consultations by American experts (multiple cohorts)
  • The U.S. program begins with an orientation in Washington, DC that focuses on the structure of the US government, the legislative process, and the role of civil society. Following is a four-week fellowship in several US cities, which includes professional fellowships, seminars, homestays, and civic engagement. Participants then return to Washington, DC for the concluding Professional Fellows’ Congress, which includes workshops, meetings with US government officials, and a program debrief.



1. Candidates from India, Pakistan, and Nepal will be professionals ages 25-40.

2. They seek candidates with 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.

3. 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.

4. Preference will be given to applicants with relevant professional achievements who have not previously visited the United States.

5. All candidates should be able and willing to host American counterparts, for up to a week, and design, arrange, and coordinate, under World Learning and its partners’ supervision, a local professional and cultural program for the American participants.



1. Accommodations will include double-person hotel rooms and homestays with American families and peers.

2. A small stipend will be provided during the participants’ time in the United States to cover basic living expenses.

3. The cost of international and domestic travel, program-related ground transportation, cultural activities, and all the other programmatic and logistical arrangements will be covered.

4. Health coverage is provided through the Accident and Sickness Program for Exchanges (ASPE). ASPE is a self-funded, limited health care benefit plan designed to pay covered medical expenses for eligible exchange participants




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