Professional Fellows for Governance and Society, South and Central Asia program

Professional Fellows for Governance and Society, South and Central Asia program

The Professional Fellows for Governance and Society, South and Central Asia program brings young professionals from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Nepal to the U.S. to exchange ideas, strategies, and best practices in the legislative process and policymaking.

The Professional Fellows Program (PFP) is a two-way, global exchange program designed to promote mutual understanding, enhance leadership and professional skills, as well as build lasting, sustainable partnerships between mid-level emerging leaders from foreign countries and the United States.  PFP participants are placed in intensive 5-6 week fellowships in non-profit organizations, private sector businesses, and government offices across the United States for an individually tailored professional development experience.  They build a broad network with American and other program participant colleagues as they develop a deeper understanding of U.S. society.   They will also engage in civic life through enrichment activities such as meeting with key stakeholders, dialogues, and site visits and participate in the Professional Fellows Congress with other 200+ Fellows from 48 countries.

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.

The PFP is a two-way exchange, with American participants who have hosted foreign fellows traveling overseas for participant-driven reciprocal programs.

Program Goals

  • Promote mutual understanding.
  • Establish networks among mid-level professionals in the U.S., India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Nepal.
  • Encourage increased knowledge of the legislative process and principles of good governance.

The program includes the following components:

Participant selection and pre-departure orientation in India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka or Nepal.
The U.S. program begins with an orientation in Washington, DC that focuses on the structure of the U.S. government, the legislative process, and the role of civil society. Following is a four-week fellowship in several U.S. 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.

The Professional Fellows Program

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.

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