Professional Fellows Programs in Legislation, Innovation and Entrepreneurship
The Legislative Cohort of Professional Fellows Program (PFP) affords up to 47 promising young professionals rom Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova, Turkey and Ukraine the opportunity to gain practical experience in, and exposure to, United States government. The knowledge and interest of these young Eurasian professionals in American political processes will be expanded through short-term fellowships in state legislatures, city halls, federal offices and NGOs across the United States. In addition, the PFP will enable up to 17 Americans to travel outbound on reciprocal visits.
The Innovation and Entrepreneurship Cohort of Professional Fellows Program also affords promising young professionals from Russia and Belarus the opportunity to gain practical experience in, and exposure to, United States policies and offices related to innovation and entrepreneurship. The knowledge and interest of Russia and Belarus innovation fellows will be expanded through short-term fellowships in a variety of American organizations and state bodies across the United States that address innovation/entrepreneurship policy issues.
- Be a citizen and resident of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russia, Turkey or Ukraine / Russia, Belarus,
- 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, as demonstrated by TOEFL scores over 500 (paper test) or its equivalent (for example, university-level study in an English-speaking program or IELTS band 6 or higher). If you have none of these and are selected as a semi-finalist, they will give you an institutional TOEFL exam,
- Have relevant experience in and commitment to a career in the public sector in your home country / have relevant experience in and commitment to a career in innovation and entrepreneurship in the public sector.
The fellows will be provided with the following support:
- domestic, international, and U.S. domestic transportation,
- visa fee and processing costs,
- modest stipend,
- health and accident insurance,
- professional and educational enhancement opportunities,
- professional mentoring support,
- room and board with an American host family.