Legacy International with assistance from multiple partners in the United State and the MENA region invites applications from the Professional Fellows Programme in 2020.

The Professional Fellows Program offers promising young professionals the opportunity to gain training and practical experience working in organizations in the United States.  The program is supported by the Department of State, through the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. There are thousands of alumni from these programs in positions of leadership around the world.

Worth of Award

If you are selected as a finalist, Legacy International and the US Department of State will cover all costs associated with your international travel, visa, and basic living costs in the U.S.

  • 38 Fellows are selected from six countries (Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco, and Tunisia)
  • Fellows will participate in a  6-week program, (Spring and Fall, 2020) each with:
  • A one-week host family stay
  • A one-week business development and social entrepreneurship intensive with University Partner
  • A one-month fellowship placement in individual businesses and/or offices in Washington, D.C.
  • 4- days Participation in the Professional Fellows Congress
  • Design and development of a complete proposal for a follow-on projects to be carried out by PFP fellows, supported by mini-grants.

Selected fellow will learn:

  • Effective practices in business management (developing a business plan, financing and accounting, human resource management, marketing, strategic planning, and networking, etc.);
  • Principles of social entrepreneurship and increase the ability to run effective community outreach and public relations campaigns;
  • Best practices from American colleagues in workforce development, gain exposure to models and innovative and practical ideas and tools in increase effectiveness of these programs;
  • Increase the ability to think “outside of the box,” and spark creative, innovative approaches to problems, products, and marketplaces;
  • Acquire new skills and strategies to engage effectively with policymakers and government officials;
  • Form new or improved strategic partnerships.

 Other Program Components

  • Both the spring and fall programs will conclude with a 4-day “Professional Fellows Congress” in Washington, DC. This event will bring approximately 350  fellows from around the world together at the end of their fellowship. Fellows will have the opportunity to build relationships with fellows from dozens of countries and learn the tools of effective leadership.
  • Each fellow will spend time developing an idea for a follow-on project to be implemented upon returning home.  Fellows will participate in a number of training sessions to learn project design skills and write a project proposal during their time in the US.
  • US delegates who acted as hosts or mentors during the US immersion segment will be selected to travel to Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco, or Tunisia to co-lead training seminars and gain first-hand knowledge of the country and its people. Fellows will assist in planning the US Delegation’s visit and hosting them.

Eligibility

  • Entrepreneurs and Social Innovators.
  • Small & medium business Owners and Managers who are investing in innovative socially conscious products and programs.
  • Individuals working in Civil Society/NGOs working on youth workforce training and development, increasing the role of marginalized populations in the economy, building financial literacy, training in technology use and IT development, and other efforts around economic empowerment.
  • Individuals working in  University incubators, accelerators, and job-readiness programs, and programs focusing on business development, financial literacy, sustainable tourism, or economic development.
  • Individuals working in Government Agencies/Ministries, national policy offices, think-tanks, and offices working to increase the presence of underrepresented citizens in the economy.

Eligible candidates must be:

  • 25-38 years old at time of application.
  • A current citizen and resident of Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, Egypt, or Lebanon
  • Speak fluent to English (enough to work full-time in a US fellowship)
  • Have at least two years‘ work experience in their field
  • Currently employed
  • Interest in hosting reciprocal program for Americans in your country
  • Have demonstrated strong leadership skills and commitment to community
  • Demonstrates initiative, teamwork, and openness
  • Preference will be given to those who have not previously travelled on a U.S. government-funded program.

How to Apply

  • They are now accepting applications for the Spring 2020 program online. Only candidates from Tunisia and Morocco may apply.  Final selection of candidates for Spring will be made in February 2020.
  • They will open application for the Fall 2020 program for candidates from Egypt, Algeria, and Lebanon in January 2020.
  • You must be logged in to submit the application. If you do not have an account, Register on the website

Deadline: Applications close on November 30, 2019.

 

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