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Fully Funded to USA : Check out the 2025 U.S. Department of State Professional Fellows Program on Inclusive Civic Engagement

The U.S. Department of State Professional Fellows Programme on Inclusive Civic Engagement for 2025 is now accepting applications.

The US Department of State funds the Professional Fellows Programme on Inclusive Civic Engagement, which provides emerging leaders in Africa with a platform to share and put into practice best practices for inclusive civic engagement.

About twelve mid-career disability rights experts (Fellows) from Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda will be supported by the programme to take part in a five-week fellowship programme in the United States in the spring of 2024.

Key Program Activities

 Virtual Pre-Departure Orientation and Virtual Sessions

  • Learn about the Fellowship Program and life in the US.
  • Prepare for your departure.
  • Gain insights and tips from past Fellows.
  • Develop your follow-on project proposal.

 Engagement with US Host Organization

  • Meet your host mentor via videoconference.
  • Familiarize yourself with your host site organization and introduce your work.
  • Review and refine your Fellowship schedule collaboratively.

 Program Orientation in Boston

  • Meet program staff and your Fellow cohort.
  • Present and receive feedback on your follow-on project proposal.
  • Learn about disability and civic engagement in the US through guest speakers.

 Fellowship Placement at US Host Organization

  • Spend four weeks learning and working with US colleagues.
  • Develop your follow-on project action plan with mentor support.
  • Engage in community service, volunteering, and social activities

Applications are due by 11:59 PM East African Time on May 15, 2024,

Additional Information

Program Type
Fully Funded
Program Benefits
round-trip airfare from one's own nation to the US
Domestic travel associated with a fellowship
Insurance against disruptions to travel
health and accident coverage during the duration of the fellowship in the United States
Accommodations for living in the United States
A living allowance to pay for incidentals, local transit, and meals
Spendable cultural stipend on reading materials and cultural events
provisions relating to disabilities, if necessary
A WiFi hotspot
Eligibility Criteria
This is a merit-based competition open to candidates from Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, and Ethiopia. To apply, you must meet the following eligibility criteria:

Age: Between 25 and 40 as of the first day of the Fellowship Program.
Citizenship: Citizen and resident of Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, or Ethiopia.
Visa Eligibility: You should be eligible to receive a US J-1 visa. (Visit the US Department of State website for information about J-1 visas.)
Language: Proficiency in spoken and written English*
Work Experience: Minimum of two years of professional work experience.
Travel: Ability to travel to the US for the five-week program duration.

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