Professional Fellows Program
short-term professional development exchange in the United States
The Professional Fellows Program affords promising young professionals the opportunity to gain practical experience in, and exposure to, United States government. PFP will engage professionals who are actively involved in the legislative process and/or policy-making through their work in government, civic education organizations, citizen advocacy groups, political parties, or election monitoring organizations. The fellows will be part of the larger cohort of the Professional Fellows Program, joining fellows from other countries. The knowledge and interest of these young Eurasian professionals in American political processes will be expanded through short-term fellowships in state legislatures and city halls across the United States, as well as on Capitol Hill and in non-profit organizations that address policy issues.
PFP goals are to:
- strengthen understanding of the U.S. legislative process;
- enhance appreciation of the role of civil society plays in shaping public policy and holding government accountable;
- create partnerships between institutions in the U.S. and Armenia; and
- establish a common language to develop practical solutions for shared problems and concerns.
Each PFP fellow will spend a total of five to six weeks in the United States. The program for spring 2014 is tentatively scheduled for September 29 – November 8, 2014. The PFP provides round-trip international and domestic transportation, visa fee and processing costs, health and accident insurance, and modest stipend. Housing and meals will be provided for program participants with U.S. host families.
To be eligible for PFP, applicants must:
- be a citizen and resident of Armenia;
- be 25 to 35 years of age at the time of application;
- be a college graduate (equivalent of a Bachelor's degree or higher);
- be proficient in English. If you are selected as a semi-finalist, we will give you an institutional TOEFL exam, unless you have a valid TOEFL score over 500 (paper test) or over 60 (IBT test) or its equivalent (for example, valid IELTS band 6 or higher);
- have relevant experience in and commitment to a career in the public sector and/or nonprofit sector (e.g., legislative, executive, and NGOs that address policy issues); and
- have demonstrated leadership and collaborative skills.
PFP participants will be selected through a competitive application process.
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