US Government Professional Fellows Program 

US Government Professional Fellows Program. The Professional Fellows Program on Inclusive Civic Participation is a professional program for rising leaders in Africa to share and implement best practices for inclusive civic engagement, financed by the US Department of State.

US Government Professional Fellows Program

Around 19 disability rights experts (Fellows) from Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, and Ethiopia will be supported to participate in a 5-week Fellowship program in the United States.

To debate and organize inclusive civic engagement initiatives with other rising leaders from Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia, and the United States, apply for the Professional Fellows Program on Inclusive Civic Engagement.

As a Fellow, you will gain knowledge that will help you in your efforts to establish and strengthen fully inclusive civic societies in your home countries. Individual Fellowships with a university-based research and teaching center for disability or a comparable host site organization in the United States are at the heart of the program. As a Fellow, you will choose a major policy or practice problem in your home country relating to disability and civic participation.

This policy or practice problem will serve as the subject of your Fellowship placement training, as well as the project you will create and execute when you return home.

The Fellowship program will also include weekly leadership lectures, mentoring, and community service.

Eligibility Requirements

Candidates from Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, and Ethiopia are eligible to compete in this merit-based competition.

To apply, you must fulfill the qualifying requirements listed below. You must do the following:

  • You must be between the ages of 25 and 40 years old.
  • Be a Kenyan, Tanzanian, Ugandan, or Ethiopian citizen and resident.
  • Be qualified for a J-1 visa in the United States (Visit the US Department of State website for information about J-1 visas.)
  • Be able to communicate well in English.
  • Be able to read and write English fluently*
  • Have worked in a professional capacity for at least two years.
  • Not enrolled in an academic, training, or research program in the United States.
  • To be eligible, you must be able to go to the United States for a 5-week Fellowship starting in September 2022 or March 2023. (Please see the program dates below.)
  • After completing the Fellowship Program, commit to returning to your home country for a total of two years.

Benefits US Government Professional Fellows Program :

As a Fellow, you will be eligible for funding and assistance for the following:

  • Fees for passport applications (if applicable)
  • Expenses for visas
  • Travel between your native country and the United States on a round-trip basis
  • Internship-related travel inside the United States
  • For the length of the Fellowship in the United States, you will be covered by accident and health insurance.
  • Accommodations in the United States
  • A living allowance is provided to cover the costs of food, housing, and other expenditures.
  • Spending money on books and going to cultural events is part of the cultural allowance.
  • Arrangements for people with disabilities, if necessary

Application Deadline: March 18, 2022

Visit the official website of the US Government Professional Fellows Program 

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