IREX Community Engagement Exchange Program 2022

The next cycle of the IREX Community Engagement Exchange Program is currently accepting applications!

IREX Community Engagement Exchange Program

The CEE Program is a dynamic worldwide network of innovators who collaborate with communities to solve pressing concerns of the twenty-first century.

In over 100 countries, CEE provides devoted visionaries with the experience, skills, and resources they need to create multisector approaches and promote healthy and active communities.

CEE is a year-long program that enables civil society leaders, ages 21 to 28, to harness the power of networks, relationships, and information for the public good, with a focus on issues such as civic dialogue and peacebuilding, open and participatory government, women and gender, resilience and sustainable development, and youth engagement.

Fellowship Details

Fellowship components include:

IREX pairs CEE fellows with civil society groups throughout the United States

For a three-month practicum. During a three-month hands-on professional practicum, designated supervisors and peers assist the fellows.

CEE Fellows study

The program’s topics via an engaging curriculum that incorporates service learning, face-to-face training, mentoring, professional coaching, and membership in a worldwide network.

Community Involvement Initiative (CEP)

CEE fellows conceive and organize a community engagement project to carry out when they return home with the aid of their U.S. host organization and mentors.

When the fellows leave the United States, they implement the initiatives in their home towns.

Select U.S. hosts and CEE Specialists will go to a CEE

Alumnus’ nation and collaborate to assist the fellow’s project execution, bringing back what they learn to enhance communities throughout the United States or in their home country.

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Benefits of IREX Community Engagement Exchange Program

The program covers the cost of most expenses associated with:

  • J-1 visa support
  • Round-trip travel from participants’ home city to the U.S.
  • Monthly allowance to cover housing, meals, and other living expenses while in the U.S.
  • Accident and sickness insurance

IREX Community Engagement Exchange Program Requirements

The CEE Program is a merit-based competition available to developing civil society and community leaders who match the following requirements.

Applications that do not match these qualifying standards will be dismissed and the selection committee will not evaluate them.

  • At the time of application, you are between the ages of 21 and 28.
  • You are a citizen of one of the nations mentioned below that are eligible.
  • At the time of application, you have a minimum of two years of professional or voluntary experience.
  • You live and work in your native nation.
  • Individuals who act on behalf of their home community and have refugee status may be accorded particular attention.
  • You’re working on a community engagement project in your native country, either professionally or as a volunteer, with the goal of pursuing a career supporting civil society.
  • At the time of application, you have a good level of spoken and written English ability.
  • Semifinalists will be required to take a TOEFL or IELTS English language exam or provide current TOEFL or IELTS results.
  • You have three months open to go to the United States.
  • You are determined to finish a Community Engagement Project in your own country (CEP)
  • You are not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, and you have not sought permanent status in the United States in the last three years.
  • You are qualified for a J-1 visa in the United States.
  • Applicants who have taken part in a government-sponsored exchange program must have completed their two-year home residence requirement by the time they apply.
  • You want to stay in your native country for at least two years after finishing the program.
  • You are not an IREX employee or consultant, or a member of their immediate family.

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Eligible countries


Angola, Botswana, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe

East Asia and the Pacific

Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste, and Vietnam

Europe and Eurasia

Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia, Herzegovina, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Turkey, and Ukraine

Middle East and North Africa

Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Syria, Tunisia, and West Bank/Palestinian Territories

South and Central Asia

Bangladesh, Bhutan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan

Western Hemisphere

Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Trinidad and Tobago, and Uruguay

Application of IREX Community Engagement Exchange Program

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Deadline: January 14, 2022

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